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Training Log: Rosstopher

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Skiing3 8:15:10 51.05(9:42) 82.15(6:02) 761
  orienteering1 2:30:30 11.53(13:03) 18.56(8:07) 167
  Road run1 1:03:16 6.79(9:19) 10.93(5:47) 73
  Strength1 45:00
  Total6 12:33:56 69.37 111.64 1001
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Thursday Jan 29 #

6 PM

Road run (Intervals) 1:03:16 10.93 km (5:47 / km) +73m 5:36 / km

Intervals with the club tonight. I was thinking to maybe only do part of the interval session tonight, because I want to be able to push a little harder on Saturday, when I will be running a 3k race on an indoor track. I succeeded in finding restraint enough to only do about half of the intervals by being very very late to training :)

I set out from the apartment in the general direction I thought the group might head, and after about 30 minutes I saw them pelting in my direction, so I turned around and ran the end of that interval with Johan and Josef. The workout was 2 x ( 6 x 2 minutes) and I did 5 x 2 minutes, running just ahead of Johan and a recovering Josef and behind Albin and Jan.

It was a good pace and it was nice to run on one of the few salted bike paths in Uppsala. GI distress was starting to make things uncomfortable near the end, which seems to be a Thursday trend sadly, but I mind over mattered it, and finished the workout.

Glad that I found the group in the end!

Wednesday Jan 28 #

Note

Unintentional rest day. Planned to sneak out for a run while the soup was simmering, but the soup was a bit more time intensive than I had expected.

Tuesday Jan 27 #

6 PM

orienteering (tisdagsbana) 2:30:30 [3] 18.56 km (8:07 / km) +167m 7:46 / km

Long tough tisdagsbana J. Wet snow, uneven footing. There was a decent sized group of us heading out on the 17k loop, but pace was a bit slow. My toes did not like the combination of snow and my falling apart o-shoes and near the end I dropped off the back of the pack and picked my way back home at a much slower pace. Feels good to survive on such a night :) Did very little of the navigation at the beginning, but due to dropping off the pack, a lot near the end.

Sauna, Soup and Seven wonders to follow. (PanConPan beat me by just one point)

Quickroute

Monday Jan 26 #

6 PM

Strength (rockgympa) 45:00 [3]

Rockgympa felt very tough after a weekend with much more skiing than I am used to. I shaved the head and the beard after the weekend was over, and I expected to feel light and airy, but instead my tired body was just all the more sweaty with nothing to mop up the monsoon.

Dinner at Miguel's afterward, so skipped innebandy.

Sunday Jan 25 #

9 AM

Skiing 2:42:50 [3] 29.11 km (5:36 / km) +195m 5:25 / km

Cleaning the cabin was quick and painless with this group and we were ready to ski pretty early in the day. Kate and I drove the minibus down to the ski stadium and then I headed out to see what the 22k loop looked like when there was light to see the scenery.

Snow was great and I was getting enough kick and maybe I am starting to learn a little bit how to do this classic skiing thing, so my per k times for the loop were a little faster than last night. Still slower than pretty much every one else I saw :) but hey, I'm heading in the right direction.

I was still having fun, and I thought to tag on the 5k loop to get up 75k of skiing for the weekend. Then I was still having fun, so I did the 2.5k loop too. I was hoping to get up to 30k for the day, but then I realized that if I didn't stop now the rest of the group would be angry at needing to wait for me.

Bumped into the Hamelius family in the shower room. Sweden is starting to feel like a small country :)

Saturday Jan 24 #

9 AM

Skiing 3:04:39 [3] 27.36 km (6:45 / km) +329m 6:22 / km

First Ski of the Ski camp! Headed down the hill on my classic skis to buy ski passes for Sam, Kate, and me. At the start I was a little worried that I wasn't getting any kick, which is a big problem for me usually, but actually after about 15 minutes things got to be pretty good. Maybe the snow was a bit nicer at the bottom or maybe it was more a problem with technique than with the 2 layers of blue I had put on in the morning.

Started out with Kate doing the 10k loop around the lake. The snow was not great and drifting very quickly to fill in all the tracks, but it didn't really affect me too much. I was going a bit faster than Kate but about the same speed as Swedish couple that started the same time as us. The man would ski ahead then loop back and rejoin the woman. Whenever he came past me we would chat in either broken Swedish or fluent English for a minute before he zipped off again. At the 9k mark turned back to catch Kate again. Skiing "the wrong way" in front of Swedes is interesting. They do not like confrontation, but they also do not like seeing people do something wrong. Luckily it was only a few minutes before I rejoined Kate and the proper flow of ski traffic. After the first loop I decided to do the same track again on my own, and then marched slowly up the hill again to have lunch (premade pasta salad, thanks wife) and hang out with the crew for a few hours.
4 PM

Skiing 2:27:41 [3] 25.68 km (5:45 / km) +237m 5:30 / km

The evening ski seemed like a lot of work, and a nap was tempting. Most of the cabin went off to ski the 10k limbyspåret but I thought it might be nice to ski something flatter and longer and so I geared up with my headlamp and my techno and skied down to do the 22k loop around the northern marsh. I'd never been on any of our previous visits to Orsa, and it was really great. I was getting the hang of the skiing and the tracks were pretty nice and the calm and solitude of the moment was only broken by the fact that I was listening to incredibly loud techno. Starting to feel pretty worn out after the 18k mark on the loop, and since dinner was scheduled for 6:30, I decided that my stubbornness was going to have to give in to pragmatism, and I walked the last k up the road instead of skiing the whole way.

Dinner was moosewood vegetarian chili with beer bread and dessert was blondies. Pretty much a perfect day.

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