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Training Log Archive: Len

In the 7 days ending Jun 1:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Adventure Racing8 11:51:46 52.94 85.2 1029
  Swimming2 1:20:00 2.0(40:01) 3.22(24:52)
  Body Workouts2 1:00:00
  Cycling1 56:21 9.26(9.9/h) 14.9(15.9/h)
  Total13 15:08:07 64.2 103.32 1029

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Saturday Jun 1 #

7 AM

Adventure Racing (TREK) 1:03:00 [3] 5.55 km (11:21 / km) +180m 9:46 / km
ahr:120 max:160 shoes: inov8 Trailtalon 235

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 1
Started with leg one having a paddle segment in the trek.
Opted to start north getting CP3 first then 4. I liked the choice and popped out onto RT2 for an attack back into the creek junction but missed and backtracked too far.
Original plan was to leave 7 & 8 for after the paddle but decided to leave 1 and 2 as well after revising my post CP4 plan
SPENT 38:30 prior to getting to paddle TA

After paddle had a slight bobble on the trails to CP2 and spent 24:30 picking up those last 4 CP's

Total Leg 1 Trek time 63 minutes
Paddle transitions - in: 3:50, out: 4:40 Total 8:30
8 AM

Adventure Racing (PADDLE) 1:46:00 [3] 12.0 km (8:50 / km)
ahr:106 max:125

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 1
paddle section - Calm water and I was ahead of my planned 5-kmph
Since I was ahead of my schedule I decided to clear the paddle section.
Felt good and finished 14 minutes ahead of plan... which was good and I used 18 extra minutes for trek portion of leg...
So, overall - headed out on leg 2 on time :)
10 AM

Adventure Racing (TRANSITION) 11:40 [3]
ahr:115 max:142

Transition to paddle 3:50
Transition from paddle 4:40
Transition leg 1 - 2 3:10
Pleased with these times
11 AM

Adventure Racing (BIKE) 1:26:45 [3] 20.99 km (4:08 / km) +183m 3:58 / km
ahr:112 max:151

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 2
Bike - nice easy roads then some single track that had a mix of nice sections and not so nice sections and some confusing trail intersections.
Planned 2 hrs - finished in under 1hr 30 min... feeling good
12 PM

Adventure Racing (TRANSITION) 4:20 [3]
ahr:101 max:110

Transition from bike to trek leg 3 - water fall

Adventure Racing (TREK) 1:10:16 [3] 4.68 km (15:01 / km) +117m 13:21 / km
ahr:117 max:150 shoes: inov8 Trailtalon 235

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 3
Trek at waterfall - first timely mistake attacking CP22 (12 minutes)
missed the stream crossing even though I walked through it because it seemed to be paralleling the river not flowing into it perpendicular.

Made up for that by spiking CP 23 which gave me a boost of confidence.

CP21 at the falls was amazing. This was the largest waterfall I've seen in an adventure race.

Planned 1 hr and was over by 10 minutes but still ahead of schedule.
1 PM

Adventure Racing (TRANSITION) 5:42 [3]
ahr:113 max:142

Transition from leg 3 to 4

Adventure Racing (BIKE) 1:48:19 [3] 20.63 km (5:15 / km) +293m 4:54 / km
ahr:128 max:169

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 4
A grueling 5km segment of this was a muddy slog of attempted peddling, then walking/pushing the bike through mud. It was nice to get out onto a paved road and let the mud fly... even if it was a long uphill climb (but thankfully, not steep)
I pat myself on the back for not following a team off the main road short of the correct turn. I marked a small pond on the map as my backup reference to an odometer reading and prayed I would see it after passing the other team... and I did. Yay.

Planned 2hrs and completed in 1hr 48min... another win
3 PM

Adventure Racing (TRANSITION) 6:10 [3]

Transition from leg 4 to 5

Adventure Racing (TREK) 3:30:48 [3] 14.8 km (14:15 / km) +211m 13:18 / km
ahr:118 max:151 shoes: inov8 Trailtalon 235

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 5
Trek - got here a little after 3pm and 30 minutes ahead of schedule. I was feeling good.
made a small error following the wrong reentrant to CP29 that cost me 7 minutes.
Met up with a 3 person team attacking CP 30 and we worked together through CP's 31, 32, 33, and 34. There was a discussion on the approach to 35 I wanted to head toward the high ridge and follow it over tot he water but there was the thought of swampy land and that we should aim more west to hit the stream north of the control. after passing my pace count and their timed walk in the woods we discussed our next plan - which we did not agree on.
I felt we overshot the stream and passed too far north. They felt we should continue forward or backtrack to see if we could find the stream.

We parted ways. I was correct and was heading ward the control with my adjustment but then came upon a swampy area that I deemed "the lake" and turned to follow the stream up tot he control. Wrong "lake" wrong stream. It appears the team I was with reversed course and found the point before I did but only because I made a series of blunders and was not sticking with my compass readings. this cost another 15minutes.

After finding CP35, I should have collected my thoughts and planned time and route but I figured I still had pliantly of time to go out around the swamp to get CP 36 and the 38-37 on the way back.

Waisted 5 more minutes on a bad route to 36 taking me a total of 25 minutes. Now, i realized I only had 1hr 30 minutes to the end of the race and I was on the wrong side of a large swamp. I knew the jeep trail back to the TA would take about 30 minutes. My maximum cutoff for leaving the TA was 45 minutes to the Finish. This only left me 15 minutes to cross or circumvent the swam and get to the jeep trail.

I risked crossing the swamp at an old bever dam. It was slow and unsettling that I may have made a really bad decision but I managed the crossing and got to the trail in about 10 minutes. I felt I couldn't afford the time to look for 27 or 28 but attempted to pick a route where I might see them. No luck, I passed directly between the two.

Fearing loosing 1 point per minute over time I jogged the 3km back to the TA.
7 PM

Adventure Racing (BIKE) 38:46 [3] 6.55 km (5:55 / km) +45m 5:43 / km
ahr:123 max:153

Tug Hill 12hr adventure Race - LEG 6
Bike to finish - The transition to bike was less than 1 minute as I did not want to waste any time. I heard the trail section ahead would be 'hike-a-bike' for part but I had no Idea how bad. I thought the 5k segment on Bike leg 4 would be the worst. I was wrong. The mud never seemed to end and it seemed to just get deeper. Parts were a foot deep.

It's funny how - when you're in the middle of something like that it seems like eternity. The reality was 20 minutes. But, after 11 hrs of racing, it takes a huge toll on your mental toughness. I was certain I would be clicking off multiple one minute penalties.

Thankfully, I finished strong on the roads and had 9 minutes to spare.
(Maybe I should have looked for CP 37) :)

Friday May 31 #

9 AM

Swimming 40:00 [3] 1.0 mi (40:01 / mi)

500yd intervals with commanders as test swim

500yds 9:31
500yds 9:33
500yds 9:23
150yds 2:45
1650 = 31:12

Thursday May 30 #

11 AM

Cycling 56:21 [3] 9.26 mi (9.9 mph)
ahr:111 max:143

jacobsburg

Wednesday May 29 #

7 AM

Body Workouts (Pilates) 30:00 [3]

w/ patty

Tuesday May 28 #

10 AM

Swimming 40:00 [3] 1.0 mi (40:01 / mi)
shoes: Red GB

500yd intervals
500yds 9:52
500yds 9:41
500yds 9:42
150yds 2:53
1650 = 32:20

Monday May 27 #

10 AM

Body Workouts (Pilates) 30:00 [3]

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