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Training Log Archive: mayer22

In the 1 days ending Mar 24, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Orienteering1 5:47:32 23.63(14:42) 38.03(9:08) 5031
  Total1 5:47:32 23.63(14:42) 38.03(9:08) 5031

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Sunday Mar 24, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 5:47:32 [4] 23.63 mi (14:42 / mi) +5031ft 12:14 / mi
shoes: Salomon Speedcross 3 (Blue #2)

Fun event. Cold. Started in the 20's but warm enough for orienteering. Wore only a water and food belt that I borrowed from Joe.

Was told the estimated route to clear the course would be ~24 miles so I figured it was feasible to clear and planned a route accordingly. There were definitely options to drop points if I decided to. The first 2 points revealed mystery points that were closer to the start that I would be able to grab at the finish. The 3rd revealed a mystery point on the way to the 4th. I reached 56 and 60 first, just ahead of someone else, and therefore was able to capture extra points for SORCAR. I got the only bonus rings that weren't attached to 2.5lb weights. Later realized it might have been smarter to take the main road to 56. Clean routes up to the far east point 79 which was didn't have a great route to it and I had trouble attacking over the ridge through thick brush.

I then turned back West. I didn't take the road to 55 which I think broke even, instead I got to jump waist high into a frozen creek. Couldn't locate the water stop between 59 and 58. Have a feeling it wasn't there yet. Running the creek up to 71 was neat. Not the best route to 72. Walked the creek up to far from 72 as I was trying to refuel.

Plan of attack for the points in the middle of the loop might not have been the greatest. hugging the west end of the lake was difficult because of a cliff on the S side. Spent a minute or 2 wondering where 48 was. Considered dropping 62 as I was starting to get tired but knew clearing was still a possibility and 40 points was too much to drop. Definitely worth it. Cleared the Eastern half in just over 3 hours. My pace was good to clear it but I was slowing quite a bit.

Leaving 47 required a bit of fight. Joe skipped this and definitely made up some good time but missed out on the points. Approached 57 and 32 interestingly and not sure I made the right choice. Chose extra running over elevation gain and got to surprise a woman peeing in the woods. Not sure why her husband didn't warn her. Guess he enjoyed seeing the surprise on her face when she saw me. Had trouble finding 70 through the brush. Decided to drop 78. It was too much alone and I was getting tired and slow. It was worth the points but I was thinking I wouldn't clear. This also meant dropping 35 and 45 which were easy decisions. Looking back 45 wouldn't have been so bad with a trail leading almost directly to it. Would have probably been just under a mile out and back though.

Saw Joe on my way to 44 and he informed me he was starting to drop some as well. Lost him on my way to 57. Wanted to avoid the green to 39 but took a poor bearing. Green wasn't too bad though. Started getting some energy back and with some good runs. Had some trouble on my way to 74. was trying to follow the terrain and got off bearing than crossed the wrong reentrant. Realized I was going the wrong way and then took me a minute to figure out what was going on. Regrouped well.

A little trouble on 38. Wanted to sooner than I needed to. Not a real error though. At 36 had to decide if I would get 77 or not. I had 35 min. Figured If I got the 50 pointer I would miss out on at least 30 points at the finish (clear it if I was lucky). If I skipped the 50 pointer I would clear the points at the finish with a few minutes to spare. Decided to be safe. Cleared the course and finished with over 12 min to spare. Saw Joe coming in as I was finishing and told him to get 30 and 40 which were nearby. I know he was glad I pushed him back out despite wanting to finish.

Should have gone for 77. Barring a major error worst case scenario would have only missed 30 points and might have cleared that section. Definitely disappointed I didn't go for it but I think I tend to lean on the side of safety especially if I feel I don't need the points for the win. Joe ended up being closer than was probably safe for skipping 77, got a little lucky.

Time estimating at the end of the race is my worst skill. One of the reasons I prefer races to be clearable. That is rogaine though. I did feel good about the points I dropped earlier in the race though.

A lot of briars but a lot of clean running woods as well. Got behind on fueling myself several times. For water, after I couldn't find the one water stop I just started putting 2 cups of water in my bottle every time I passed a decent stream.

Didn't feel like I was majorly out of shape. I just adjusted my pace accordingly. Sure more training would have allowed me to be faster. Left leg did alright. Better than expected. Tight but no pain or hindrance.

Fairly happy with my route. The points on the lake were tough to fit in. Not sure what the best way to fit those in was. Need to remember to mark out distance intervals on my route next time.

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