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Training Log: willgardner

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 2:12:16 14.98(8:50) 24.1(5:29) 47880 /111c72%
  Running5 2:01:30 13.59(8:56) 21.87(5:33) 68
  Total6 4:13:46 28.56(8:53) 45.97(5:31) 54680 /111c72%
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Monday May 2 #

8 AM

Running 18:41 [2] 3.74 km (5:00 / km) +3m 4:59 / km
shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider - red

Easy pre-breakfast jog with Shminty, Jonny and Poo Boy. Lovely morning, just trying to get the legs moving after yesterdays efforts.
1 PM

Running warm up/down 18:43 [2] 3.0 km (6:14 / km)
shoes: INOV-8 f-lite 195

Including the comical march to the start from quarantine, everyone looking like a herd of F1 cars stuck behind a safety car.

Orienteering race 16:41 [5] *** 4.5 km (3:42 / km) +50m 3:31 / km
spiked:23/25c shoes: INOV-8 f-lite 195

World Cup MSR - 27th (leg), 28th (team).

This was mental, but great fun, I'm definitely a fan of this event. Went out 1.55 down on Shminty and 30-40 seconds on Pete, in 36th, with the aim of hunting as many people as possible down. Struggled to find the start kite when I opened the map, opening it up on the second half, but clocked where the Italian ahead of me went and got lucky with the gaffle. Had a good tussle with him over the next few until I moved ahead to #4. Got the right hand route to #5, catching sight of a Norwegian top and aiming for him. Had a look back and suddenly saw Poo Boy just 15m's behind me, giving me a big shock. Good through the next section, left on #6 (again the correct choice I think), leading the little pack of people I was with. Through to 10 on the route I'd seen the front pack take, then on 11 #Pete powered past me on the road. Some local had slapped a car seat down on the gap I wanted to take, trying to stop people using it. Sadly I had less balls than Pete who just ploughed straight through, going round to the left. This put me just 15m's off the back of him and suffering to try to hold the gap. Different gaffle on #12, then Pete came past again to #13. Same through to spectator, suffering on the most gradual of inclines.

Jelly legs for the next section, just trying to keep planning ahead and flowing through the controls Pretty annoying to hear that some people went through the OOB tape to #18, but I guess some people want to cheat. Got a bit concerned about the next few controls, a me and Pete had the same, but kept navigating solo, closing the gap to #20, then kind of just using him and the Austrian guy we'd caught through the rest to the finish as best I could - not quite well enough in the end as I got dropped one from home. Great fun, and good to finish on what felt like a strong run; definitely need some more speed though to compete with the big boys. Good runs from Jonny and Jo to finish off a strong team performance.

Running warm up/down 12:38 [2] 2.2 km (5:45 / km) +1m 5:44 / km
shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider - red

Team warm down. Knackered.

Sunday May 1 #

10 AM

Running warm up/down 20:44 [2] 3.2 km (6:29 / km) +1m 6:28 / km
shoes: X-talon 220 - purple/blue

Orienteering race 13:37 [5] *** 3.5 km (3:53 / km) +15m 3:49 / km
spiked:20/22c shoes: X-talon 220 - purple/blue

World Cup Sprint Quali - 28th.

Aim was to just relax and see what happened at this, but wasn't overly confident. Odd to start with a lot of Brits around (Potter on my gaffle a minute ahead, Poo boy behind and on the same time as Jonny), but tried to just relax and do my own thing. Very concerned when on the way to #1 Jonny was heading directly to my control, but trusted myself and got it fine. Then just went for it. Clean though the river-bed section, getting my head up well and spying what I though were good lines through the tussocky bits. Just caught sight of Potter exiting over the bank to #7 as I was headed to #6 and knew I was gaining time. Twisted my ankle a bit but tried to think nothing of it. Slight error on #9 thinking I was being sneaky and cutting a corner into the uni blocks, but got caught on the wrong side of a flower-bed. I was a bit flustered through #10 and #11 as a result as I think I just forgot about the routes I'd planned, but I don't think I lost much. Settled down again to #14 and pushed hard on the next section, catching sight of Adam again. Left on #16, right on #17 trying to push but my legs were starting to suffer really badly. Got to the run-in and gave it everything but just not quite enough.

Not expecting to be anywhere near this close to the A final, so a nice surprise to be in the fight for it, beating some big names. Ruing the miss at #9 but I guess you learn about the cut throat racing at this level the hard way.

Running warm up/down 8:00 [2] 1.6 km (5:00 / km)
shoes: X-talon 220 - purple/blue

4 PM

Running warm up/down 13:50 [2] 2.63 km (5:16 / km) +4m 5:13 / km
shoes: X-talon 220 - purple/blue

Orienteering race 14:38 [5] **** 3.8 km (3:51 / km) +5m 3:50 / km
spiked:18/22c shoes: INOV-8 f-lite 195

World Cup B final - 33rd.

Wanted to give this a really good go, but not sure I really got into it. Struggled on the first couple, and made a right hash of the route to #3, letting my 30secs man (Ruslan Glibov) catch me up. Slight error on #4 thinking I'd seen a route, but no. Then I was just suffering around the rest. My legs just didn't want to play ball and were drained after this mornings efforts. Ruslan kept dropping me but I kept re-catching, picking some good routes and definitely getting better after the run through onto the second map. Need to train better for two sprints in one day I think.

Crazy support coming down the run-in, loving every second of it - the whole team putting in a good shift.

Running warm up/down 8:00 [2] 1.6 km (5:00 / km)
shoes: INOV-8 f-lite 195

Saturday Apr 30 #

10 AM

Running warm up/down 12:54 [2] 2.4 km (5:22 / km) +59m 4:47 / km
shoes: VJ Bold

Orienteering race 44:34 [5] **** 6.5 km (6:51 / km) +240m 5:47 / km
spiked:19/27c shoes: VJ Bold

World Cup Middle Distance - 76th

Very tough race this one. Aim was to start steady, but balls'd #1 straight out of the gate - just not seeing the kite a bit to the right or reading the veg very well. Far from ideal but settled a bit to #2. Wavered ti #3, coming off the compass and hitting the girls control. Good for #4 and #5, going right on both. Then lost a good chunk on #6 as well, just no picture heading into the mine works, and then bumbling around in the pits. Rookie error. From there though it started to get better. Tired to be safe through the next few in the mine works, then went high to the track for #9. Spotted it nicely from the path so it resulted in being pretty simple when others were hunting of a boulder in scattered rocks. Caught my 3 minute man here, and this definitely helped mentally. Went super safe through the next green sections, hitting #10 and #11 well, just hesitating a tad before heading high on #12. Nearly lost my dibber coming out of #12, so re-punched to be safe, then lost a couple of seconds on #14 - a very tough boulder in the green which a lot of people suffered on - but caught my 90secs man.

From here I started to feel like I was moving well, getting into it a bit more. Track to #17 small miss on #18 then it was pretty straight forward to the end, using the big central track and just trying to push through to the end.

A bit disappointed by the mistakes early on, but pleased with how I recovered in the second half. Pretty stacked field though, very easy to lose places!

Running warm up/down 8:00 [2] 1.5 km (5:20 / km)
shoes: VJ Bold

Friday Apr 29 #

11 AM

Orienteering 42:46 [3] *** 5.8 km (7:22 / km) +168m 6:26 / km
15c shoes: VJ Bold

Back at Sleza, Better than yesterday, but tough to maintain contact through the green on longer legs. Tomorrow will be tricky.

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