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Training Log: slow-twitch

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walking2 11:00:00
  Orienteering2 2:16:19 4.66(29:15) 7.5(18:11) 36025 /32c78%
  Social climbing1 1:30:00
  Total4 14:46:19 4.66 7.5 36025 /32c78%
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Monday Mar 27 #

Walking 5:00:00 [1]

In the Whareama neck of the woods this time. Passed various potential orienteering venues on the way, but the destination very definitely not one of them. Tempted to create a new activity label (crawling on hands and knees? scrub wrestling? being made to want to cry?) that would better reflect most of today's effort. Hunters in tomorrow's intended block tomorrow apparently so an extra day off, which will come in handy I think

Sunday Mar 26 #

Orienteering 1:28:41 [3] **** 4.9 km (18:06 / km) +180m 15:17 / km
spiked:10/14c

Hydrabad (the Waitarere one, not the Indian one or the Pakistani one), including a fair bit of low vis light green action. First run in sand-dunes for a while and first in Waitarere for an even longer while. It showed. Actually the strike rate isn't too bad (although if I really wanted to be critical I could mark myself down for hesitation-type time wastage within or near the circles for a few more controls) but the mistakes were big ones, probably easily 10-15 minutes lost overall. 2-3 drifted wide right - should have been referring to compass more often especially as I knew my internal sense of direction was 'out' a little; 6 after a good route on the leg, fell off the map in the final forest block and took a long time to relocate - not helped by having 2 completely contradictory theories as to how it had gone wrong in the first place; 8 drifted again, poor compass use again! and should have been aware the forest edge should have been closer; 11-12, wrong time to take a direct route choice, didn't register until too late a minor track leading almost to the control from the nearest forestry road. Some good spikes on other controls and I surprised myself a little just how fast I was moving in some of the cleaner parts of the forest.

Saturday Mar 25 #

Social climbing 1:30:00 [3]

HD - after a fairly brutal reintroduction to fieldwork a nice relaxing day was in order so started off with a good hard session at the climbing wall. No great achievements but getting the feeling some technique and strength is starting to come back.

Orienteering 47:38 [3] *** 2.6 km (18:19 / km) +180m 13:37 / km
spiked:15/18c

JWOC trials middle distance, on a new town-belt style map on the edge of Porirua. Much more fun than I was expecting, though I'm glad nobody will be able to complain about the Oceania middle being the physically toughest MD of the year now. Started off at a relaxed pace but was pushing quite hard by the end - especially when I got into a bit of a pack through the last few controls. Lost time in the circle at 4 and 12 (12 the terrain was a bit weird, which of course makes it a good control site, 4 I'm not entirely convinced there's not more wiggly track than what's on the map) and the elephants that made the trail between 8 & 9 had all contoured round a bit too low and it took me a bit too long to work that out. Otherwise a pretty good nav effort despite lacking a bit of focus through the first half dozen or so controls.

(Before anyone asks, I didn't do well enough to make the JWOC girls team)

Friday Mar 24 #

Walking 6:00:00 [1]

Back to Tora Bush. Not so long a day - successfully found efficiencies on the drive there and on the walk from road to line. Most if not all efficiency found on the line itself was wasted in a half hour search for a compass that magically untied itself from my pack.

Apparently by deciding I didn't need to be the 4th person on a 3 person job to pull in the lines put out on monday, I missed a 'fun' day yesterday. Rain+steep, bare clay 4wd track 'fun'.

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