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Jan 21, 2016 8:24 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Hmmm, I ran two sets of 6x400 this week! You should try Q-Bitz puzzles as your rest!

Also, you are very fast. My fastest was 79, and only because I was excited about it being my last one of the night.

I probably could consistently run in the 90's, but most of mine were around 100 because I wasn't putting the hammer down.
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Jan 21, 2016 8:34 PM # 
Nev-Monster:
Apropos of nothing, one of my favourite movies is an adaptation of a Chabon novel.
Jan 21, 2016 9:22 PM # 
Nikolay:
Nice seeing you on the track yesterday. I ran with the east side runners when I can, but usually I got the Sammamish trail next to my place that's pretty nice and flat for speed work. Or in my case "speed" work :( I'll be happy to hit Patrick's 79s on my 400s

Ha, always fun to catch orienteering reference in the real world albeit ironically, in that case real world is a fictional novel.
Jan 21, 2016 10:09 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I'll be happy to hit Patrick's 79s

Haha, 79 singular, not plural! My next fastest was 89, and the other 10 were in the 95-105 range.

I only ran the 79 because the leader of the track workout was cooling down when I passed him and he decided to pace with me for the rest of the lap and he pushed me pretty hard.
Jan 22, 2016 1:28 AM # 
BigWillyStyle:
@Nev which novel?

@Pink I think if you can do a 79 on your last one you should see if you can average 90 or below. I will likely move to Seattle within a month; once that happens I will take part in these infamous Q-Bitz intervals.

@Nikolay super weird to see a throwaway orienteering reference in a book that's award-winning, best-selling, etc. And there's literally nothing else in the book to do with orienteering in the slightest. Made me wonder A. Why the hell did he put that in, and B. How many random people read it and were like WTF is orienteering?
Jan 22, 2016 1:47 AM # 
Pink Socks:
I think if you can do a 79 on your last one you should see if you can average 90 or below.

I think 90 is possible. One thing I noticed with not running 90's is that my puzzle skillz were a lot faster. I'd be curious to try a set of 90's and a set of 100's and compare my puzzle times in each. A 10-second advantage in running speed would be offset by how much decline in puzzle solving?

I will likely move to Seattle within a month; once that happens I will take part in these infamous Q-Bitz intervals.

Mondays at 6:30!
Jan 22, 2016 2:08 AM # 
Nikolay:
Its probably writer's research artifact. I haven't read the book or know the referenced character, but from quick amazon review seems it's happening in Alaska and he is some hardcore hardened dude, he must be outdoors survivalist and expert navigator in that wild nature. Plug those qualities in google and you get in the first page REI navigational courses and orienteering.

Many mainstream authors I have noticed like using big words when they write about complex topics. I've seen it plenty in the few topics I know about in technology and computer science topics as well as in bio engineering/genetics in mainstream books. Extremes of this you see in any hacking movie, and granted authors are much better than blockbuster movie directors, sometimes I chuckle at the terms and the not so well fitting context they are used.

tldr: Orietneering is expert sounding word and authors sometimes do somewhat shallow research just enough to be passable to the lay audience. Experts in the field they are writing about might be amused by the results :)
Jan 22, 2016 2:25 AM # 
Nev-Monster:
Willy:
Movie had Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire in it.

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