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Training Log: jennycas

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 3:43:45 3.04 4.9
  running1 59:00
  swimming1 39:00 0.62(1:02:46) 1.0(39:00)
  Total5 5:21:45 3.67 5.9
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Saturday Jan 21 #

9 AM

orienteering (Pewsey Vale) 2:00:00 [2]
shoes: Inov8 ORoc 280

Put out the controls in the southern part of the map, but the felled/windblow pines area took me longer to get across than I'd anticipated and so I was in a bit of a hurry with the last control I placed, which may have been higher up the 'rocky spur' than it should have been (sorry guys)!

Did the training course starting from the northern end of the map, and really enjoyed the first part in the native scrub, despite making a #navigationfail parallel error on 2: ending up too high so I could see the clear ridgeline beyond, and translating that to being too far north when actually I was too far east, so then I went south instead of west. Mind you, I was around Angus and Nick quite a bit for the first half-dozen controls, and they were faffing all over the place!

Legs died at basically the point where I got to the controls I'd already put out, after the long leg down the road which really hammered hamstrings, and then my hip flexors didn't want to lift over the fallen logs. In the end I skipped the last 2 controls, but paid for it because the shortcut I took back to the cars was across some hideous open felled stuff with long grass, potholes and rows of brashings which made The Slump seem quite pleasant.
5 PM

swimming 39:00 [3] 1.0 km (39:00 / km)

Legs hurt so much driving home (new O shoes didn't give me blisters, so that's a win, but it's because I wore thinner orthotics - and O shoes don't exactly have much cushioning) that I thought I'd try going for a swim this afternoon. Is it normal to not break the surface of the water at all when kicking freestyle*?
*my style is very free

Friday Jan 20 #

7 PM

orienteering (Marino SS) 1:09:45 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

This morning when I woke up I seriously wanted to go back to bed, but the dog wanted a walk. And if I'd stayed home from work (which I never do) then I couldn't very well go orienteering tonight, which I was looking forward to doing. This was a struggle though; Marino has lots of hills and I had nothing in my legs. Also didn't choose the optimal route, starting out northwards when the finish was 100m north of the start, meaning that there's an extra 200m I didn't need to do. Definitely did not choose the best climb-minimization option, and was very tempted to just get 15 controls but instead, for all 20, went into the scrubby open bushland at the southern end of the map to get my legs scarified by thistles. Great views from the top of the hill but - like last weekend - I was disappointed that there wasn't a control on the lighthouse!

Thursday Jan 19 #

6 PM

Note

Had arranged to meet AK at Flinders Uni prior to the Arrows' Snap Sprint Series meeting, in order to test run his courses for the Feb 3rd event, and I thought I'd maybe sneak in running up a couple of hills beforehand, but when I left work I found that I had a very flat tyre:( It was 38 degrees, and I couldn't even get the jack out of its hiding place in the boot - possibly because it had expanded in the sun or maybe just because I'm a complete girl - so I called Andrew for a 'taxi', and begged Geoff to come change the tyre when he finished work (5 min away, and he said it only took him 5 min). I'm not proud of my actions, but I am very grateful for the assistance!

Anyway, we decided it was too hot to run around Flinders Uni so just walked all the control sites. (Probably for the best because I am feeling rather achy and sore-throaty.) Missed the storm because of being inside eating pizza @B&S' but when I got home our crab-apple tree in the front garden had fallen in half.

Wednesday Jan 18 #

7 PM

orienteering (SE Parklands) 34:00 [3] 4.9 km (6:56 / km)
shoes: Asics 2000-4

The idea for this exercise was that one person has a map and stays back at base, the other does the running to controls, and both have mobile phones so that person A can direct person B around the course. This concept made me uncomfortable because I don't believe in holding mobile phones to one's head for any longer than the bare minimum of time (and also I think I'd be pretty unco running and talking at the same time).

So I decided to memorise the course (SE corner of Adelaide CBD) and run around without a map. Did the first course in 2 parts, coming back via the start/finish to look at the second half, and that was fairly successful - although I should have written down a list of control numbers because in a couple of places Stefano had put 2 different controls only about 5m apart. Then I did another course all in one go, but that was easier because a lot of the control sites and route choices were now familiar to me. It was really interesting trying to hold the mental picture of the map in my head and even change orientation with each leg.
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One thing I noted was that it was better for me not to consciously think that I would be turning left or right, I just remembered which way I needed to go relative to my current trajectory...sometimes I'm a bit dyslexic with east & west on control descriptions, too! Interesting also that I have a lot of trouble with verbal directions given to me, because when I hear them I am too busy trying to make the map in my head and don't properly sequence everything I'm told. So I would probably have found the exercise as it was intended to be, quite difficult. I'm also really bad at drawing maps in order to direct someone else :(

Tuesday Jan 17 #

7 AM

running 59:00 [3]
shoes: Asics 2000-4

Legs didn't feel *too* bad yesterday (I noticed a colleague was also walking stiffly and it turned out that she'd run the Hobart marathon on Sun then flown back from Melbourne in time for work on Mon!) but I was very tired - probably from the early mornings on the weekend - and crashed out about 8pm. Decided to run before it gets too hot today so trotted over to Mitcham and followed Brownhill Creek down as far as the old orphanage on Goodwood Rd then headed for home.

Monday Jan 16 #

Note

Below is part of a message received from the Two Bays Organisers :)

"The Course Tampering Incident:
So here's what we know...The course was marked correctly on Friday.
Then a checking team set out on Saturday to go over all the bushland sections. They went through the McLaren's Dam area at 3pm Saturday and all was good. But some time between then and race time Sunday some comedian shifted ribbons from the usual trail across the dam, and placed them to lead runners into the loop behind the dam. Fortunately that trail naturally flows back onto the Two Bays walking track and only adds about 550 metres. Once the front runners did it, everyone else followed until I was alerted and ran in to fix the situation. Probably about 70% of 28km runners ran this extended version of Two Bays. No 56km runners were affected as they hadn't yet hit the area."

Hahahaha...I actually preferred the course with the extra loop behind the dam!

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