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Training Log: ColmM

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Strength and Conditioning3 2:05:00
  Orienteering2 1:45:42 10.56(10:01) 16.99(6:13) 50348c
  Spinning2 1:05:00
  Running3 58:32 6.49(9:01) 10.45(5:36) 71
  Total6 5:54:14 17.05 27.44 57448c

Thursday Mar 23 #

7 AM

Strength and Conditioning 1:10:00 [2]

The luxury of no races meant I got to plough on with a decent session.
Standard mobility, stetching, rolling, etc.
Rotators, hip flexor drills, hurdles mobility, some hurdles jumps, sumo squats, kb swings, roller reverse plank, side plank.

2 x 5 OH Squat @30kg
3 x 5+5 Bulgarian squats @ 40kg.
3 x 5 bench press @ 40, 45, 50kg (successful).
3 x 6+6 MB OH lunges

3 x {10 x TRX row, 10 x MB slams, 10+10 Paloff press}
3 x 5+5 shoulder touch plank.

Wednesday Mar 22 #

1 PM

Spinning 55:00 intensity: (40:00 @2) + (15:00 @4)

10min WU, 15 x 1min on, 1min off, 15min WD
First half of efforts at pretty high resistance, second half at very high.
Squeezed this in. My inability to train before lectures means I'll get less done today than I'd like. However my ability to train instead of work means it could be worse.
Ran into Juan & Liam at the start.

Strength and Conditioning 10:00 [3]

Mostly core.
Pull ups, chin ups, planks, dips, deadbugs.

Tuesday Mar 21 #

(injured) (rest day)

Monday Mar 20 #


Purko cleaned my o-shoes ❤
5 PM

Spinning 10:00 [2]

Token ankle testing.
Not sore from it, don't feel much, so probably quite doable.
As it is, imagine I will give the ankle a full day's rest to reduce the swelling a bit, and then see where we are and hopefully get on the spin bike Wednesday. Don't expect to be out of running for too long.

Strength and Conditioning 45:00 [2]

Relatively chilled session.
Included more upper body work than usual to make up for no real leg-work.

Pull ups, strict press, rotator cuffs (?), plank, press ups, some deadbugs, and more.
4 x 5 bench press @ 35, 40, 50, 50kg. (last two sets were 4 reps, and failed 5th).

Sunday Mar 19 #

9 AM

Running 10:05 [2] 1.22 km (8:18 / km) +1m 8:15 / km
shoes: inov8 X-Talon 190 (Mar '17)

Orienteering 33:20 [5] 5.26 km (6:20 / km) +111m 5:44 / km
25c shoes: inov8 X-Talon 190 (Mar '17)

BUCS Relay - bronze

Having had my swollen ankle beaten around by the terrain yesterday, as the day (and night) progressed, it proceeded to get considerably worse, and walking in the morning was a right struggle. Hobbled around the arena, and got a really shitty warm up done, where hobbling seemed sore, but manageable, but going at any speed didn't.

When the time came, I just took a heap of drugs, lathered the ankle in ibuprofen gel, and adrenaline did the rest.

Will had done mostly well, but a rough last loop meant I was going out behind the main group, maybe 7th / 8th. Got going and was still hobbling a bit for the first few controls, but running nonetheless, and I kind of figured being clean was the more important part on this area. Still, I was scrappy on 1 (going to #17), very scrappy on 3, and scrappy again on 4.
Coming into 5 Felly had pretty much caught 75sec on me. Still, he decided we were going straight to 6, so I just tagged along. The boy was fair fluid through the forest, and I still had a minor hobble so keeping up was a right struggle. Some brambles, and a couple of tracks later, we were together going up the hill to 6, so we compared codes, and had the same next 6, delightful.
My ankle was starting to loosen up, so I just made sure I tried to keep up, the navigation was easy, but it was even easier with Felly doing most of it for me. Into 12 I had to take over because his team number covered the circle, this was fine, and then we parted ways.

Mostly okay through the remainder until the spectator (despite losing some minor time doubling back to check a code). Mostly okay through the start of the next loop, but well confused by the hill at 21, mental, and was rejoined by Felly & Duncan Birtwistle here. Got through the next few fine as well, nothing of note, some slightly different gaffles.
Myself & Felly then almost caught Mikey right at the end, which meant I handed over in the group fighting for bronze with 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th there.

I was handing over to Jonny, so he did the business and secured us Bronze, and left us not all that far off the front 2 either.

A really nice little tricky area, great fun altogether. Scrappy early on, with ankle and that, obviously not a special time, but jaysus to be honest I was delighted to get around it respectably. Had really ruled out all our hopes before my run when I thought I wouldn't manage more than a jog.

In the end, given the circumstances, a great team result I think. Not sure when Heriot Watt will get another shot at a BUCS relay medal.


Saturday Mar 18 #

7 AM

Running 20:07 [2] 4.29 km (4:41 / km) +21m 4:35 / km

Morning leg-loosener and achilles tester.
Achilles there, but not sore. Legs fresh enough.
12 PM

Running 13:29 [2] 2.59 km (5:13 / km) +21m 5:01 / km
shoes: inov8 X-Talon 190 (Mar '17)

Orienteering 1:12:22 [4] 11.73 km (6:10 / km) +392m 5:17 / km
23c shoes: inov8 X-Talon 190 (Mar '17)

BUCS Individual - 17th

Started the racing moving well enough, but got caught in shite on 4, and didn't see the control on 5, which cost me maybe 90s between them. Ali had just gone past me when I missed 5 which was a shame, I then took the low-ish route. Got into 6 just behind Ali which was a pleasant surprise, and got slightly ahead on a better line leaving it.
Dane went through me at this point, and I could keep sight of him for a while, but only maybe halfway to 9. Was surprised not to have Ali catch me properly again until 10 or so.
This area was really rocky and I could feel the terrain beating me around a bit. I could feel my achilles was tight too, it wasn't particularly sore, but it was taking a lot of my energy.
Bit of a miss on 11, and climbed up to 12 & 13 with Ali going away a little bit. Punching 13 I was pretty tired now, and my lower leg felt a bit beaten up. Ali got a decent gap, and once I hit the open I could see him, but he was well gone.
Ran out the rest of the course, but couldn't get shifting properly with my foot and achilles & some stitching, however wasn't incredibly slow either.

Not really a great day out. Probably only lost 2:30mins or so, but definitely a bad day physically with little strength too, not helped by the rocky patch.
Cool to race, and a nice area, but a shame not to be racing up to scratch really. Very early season at least, and if I can shake these niggles that'll help.


Running 14:51 [1] 2.36 km (6:18 / km) +28m 5:57 / km
shoes: inov8 X-Talon 190 (Mar '17)

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