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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 7 days ending Sep 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking2 4:30:00 9.0(30:00) 14.48(18:38) 500
  Orienteering3 4:26:11 9.63(27:38) 15.5(17:10) 290
  Kayaking2 1:20:00
  Total7 10:16:11 18.63 29.98 790

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Saturday Sep 24 #

Orienteering 2:37:13 [3] 6.0 km (26:12 / km)
shoes: IceBug Olx 4

NAOC Day 2, Long. I had a really hard time with this course. Basically it was too hard for me. I was never really able to match up the map to my surroundings, and I couldn't move very fast through the terrain even if I wanted to. Inside the circle, I often saw other runners punching before I could find the control on my own. I got stuck with some guy following me and asking me questions, and when I finally shook him I blundered the next control and he was back behind me again, still asking questions. A very unsatisfactory effort all around, although no complaints about the course, the competition, or the organization.

Friday Sep 23 #

Orienteering race 49:15 [4] 3.9 km (12:38 / km) +100m 11:12 / km
shoes: IceBug Olx 4

NAOC Day 1 - Middle. On Green X, I had a pretty good run, but the competition was really tough. I was slow but reasonably accurate in the technical section. Unfortunately, a 2-min error on 5. I had intended to run along the big trail and pass through 6, but I overran the attackpoint and had to relocate off the little trail past 5. It would have been a good approach if I'd done it on purpose. I picked up speed on the trail runs, but got confused at the very end and had trouble with a couple of the easy controls in the ski slope above the finish.

Map reading was especially tough today. My glasses were totally fogged by #5 (I know, the solution is run faster!) so I took them off, but the forest was so dark it was hard to read even with good vision. I probably could have put them back on when I started running the trails.

Thursday Sep 22 #

Hiking 1:20:00 [3] 3.6 mi (22:13 / mi) +200m 18:57 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Bartlett trail - Verrill Road - Woodman's Peak.

Wednesday Sep 21 #

Hiking 3:10:00 [3] 5.4 mi (35:11 / mi) +300m 30:00 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Florence and I went on a hike with Gary Bartlett to a summit with a small open ledge at the west end of the Howard Mountain ridge line. We hiked up from the back of his cabin and bushwacked along old overgrown skidder trails and logging roads, about an hour to the summit. Open views to the south and the pond to the northeast, but the view north over to the Newry mine was blocked by trees. On the way back, he tooks us along the back side of the ridge, over the top and back down, the tracks a little clearer, 2 hours.

Tuesday Sep 20 #

Kayaking 40:00 [3]

The morning tour around the lake on the kayak. Dead calm, low clouds, high humidity, overnight rain, temperature around 70 -- it's been this way since we got here.

On the plus side, it makes for great sunsets (pic from last night).

Monday Sep 19 #

Kayaking 40:00 [3]

Paddled around the lake this morning. It's down another couple of inches from the last time we were here, overall still 4 feet or so below the normal level. Crazy year here, no snow in the winter and very little rain in the spring or summer. Even the old-timers have never seen anything like it.

We drove to Boston to see Mei-An at Northeastern and drop off some stuff she wanted from home. Then on to the cabin in Maine, arriving about 9 p.m. Last occupied by some renters two weeks ago, and they left it in good condition. We're planning on closing up for the season before going on to the NAOCs.

Sunday Sep 18 #

Orienteering race 59:43 [5] 5.6 km (10:40 / km) +190m 9:07 / km
shoes: IceBug Olx 4

Much better performance today, but there were a lot of runners bunched up in the 59-minute range, and I was 4th in M60. This time I ran as fast as I could navigate, and the navigation seemed a little easier. I was a little slow on the long leg 7-8. I went mostly in a straight line, but skirting the north side of the two hilltops, then around the tip of the marsh and across the little dry pond.I guess going even farther north would have avoided some climb. I crossed the first hill in the saddle between the two tops and got down the cliffs without much trouble. But it was slow on the uphills, and the downhills were cliffy, so overall maybe not optimal.

Also a little slow 9-10 along the bland hillside. I've never been very good at this kind of leg. I went slowly at first and aimed for the pair of boulders halfway across. Spotted them and sped up into the reentrants. I don't know how else to keep my position, or how to do it faster.

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