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Discussion: Congrats!

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Jan 24, 2016 10:34 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Congrats on the win! Two in a row!

The set-up to the final race is a made-for-TV moment!


The Injured Hero:The best local orienteer of the last 10 years injures herself one race short of victory. Can she muster one last race great race before retirement?

The Kid: Ascending to her best season ever, she's unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, but can she deliver when it matters?

The Fighter: When the title hopes are on the ropes, she wins twice with her back against the wall! Can she pull off one more miracle?"

The paths to victory are varied, too. Marissa can't improve her score unless she wins, because she's been so consistently in second. Which means that you can win with a second. But Heather's dominating three wins means that she can do some damage with a not-great result. And then there's risk of spoilers! What if the CROC crew shows up. That's unlikely, since Fire Mountain is so far north, but what about any fast women in Vancouver? What about mystery Nina, who just moved here?

So many plotlines!


Route to #5. Yeah, that one was so money! I had a top-3 split on it, despite two hesitations... I could have been 10-15 seconds faster on that one!
Jan 25, 2016 3:26 AM # 
Nice finish!

Something interesting I've observed at various times is an inverse relationship between my overall race perfomance and my finish split, which seems counterintuitive, but makes sense because it means greater maximization of the efficiency of my energy output throughout the race (and a consistently high heart rate, i.e. not blundering around being confused) with nothing left to "waste" in the chute.

So what that finish split represents is potential - now that you've shown yourself that you have that extra burst at the end, the next stop would be to see if you can spread that energy over other runnable parts of the course, which will ultimately result in even greater time savings. Though you might start feeling like death in the finish chute :)

P.S. I was also trying to brush the depression at 11 off my map, haha.
Jan 25, 2016 3:31 AM # 
Pink Socks:
P.S. I was also trying to brush the depression at 11 off my map, haha.

Jan 25, 2016 3:32 AM # 
Pink Socks:

Beat Patrick too (come on, Patrick!).

I slipped and fell hard on my hip right before punching #21, so I was running a bit gingerly to the finish after that.
Jan 25, 2016 3:39 AM # 
@ Pink Socks
Re: plotlines, you've penned it perfectly! This whole situation boggles me.

Also: ouch! Glad you didn't hurt anything in your fall.

@ BigWilly
You speak the truth. I am terrified. How do I go faster without blowing up?? It's the orienteer's eternal question.
Jan 25, 2016 3:42 AM # 
Pink Socks:
Q-Bitz intervals tomorrow night? ;-)
Jan 25, 2016 6:13 AM # 
You tempt. I ordinarily don't do 3 hard workouts in a row...

What made you pick 400s? And why 7x400 then 6x400?
Jan 25, 2016 6:25 AM # 
Pink Socks:
What made you pick 400s?

Logistically, they really can't be shorter than 400m, since that's one lap around the track, and I solve the puzzles on the bleachers.

When I was trying out various Q-Bitz intervals last year, I tried some with 800's and solving two puzzles as rest, and I didn't like it as much as 400's. With 400's, you get 90 seconds of running and 60 seconds of puzzles, which seems like a good ratio (at least of the variations I tried).

And why 7x400 then 6x400?

Last week I did 6x400 twice. Each one was 2.4 km total running and I did them in about 14 minutes, which is a little short for a sprint race. So I'm working my way up to longer distances. So this week is a 7x and 6x, next week will be 7x and 7x, then 8x and 7x, and finally 8x and 8x. At this point, it's 3.2 km of running, which is pretty sprint-like, and the workout should take me 18-20 minutes, which is also pretty sprint-like.

Maybe I should bump it up a little faster and do 7x and 7x this week, then 8x and 8x next week.

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