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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 7 days ending Apr 28:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Field work1 5:00:00 8.7(34:29) 14.0(21:26)
  Orienteering2 2:26:42 5.9(24:51) 9.5(15:27) 285
  Road running2 1:11:07 8.0(8:53) 12.87(5:31)
  Total5 8:37:49 22.6(22:55) 36.37(14:14) 285

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Saturday Apr 28 #

Orienteering race 54:04 [5] 3.9 km (13:52 / km) +185m 11:12 / km
shoes: Spirit OLX (last)

Mt. Tom Day 1. One bad control marred an otherwise fine run. It was #5, the first control in the technical area, and I saw it coming but still didn't prepare a good attack. Came in welll short, hit a trail, wasn't sure which one, finally got relocated and had no trouble with the approach from the trail. Lost about 10 min, and came in 7 min behind Glen T and a couple min behind David Hunter.

Thursday Apr 26 #

Road running 35:07 [4] 4.0 mi (8:47 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 Gray

Morning run, bright sun and cool, on its way up to 70 later on. 10x (30s fast, 1min easy). My legs felt heavy today and not at all fast, but I wanted to do this set of strides because this is my last run before the Spring 2-Mile next Wednesday, other than orienteering this weekend.

Wednesday Apr 25 #

Road running 36:00 [3] 4.0 mi (9:00 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 Gray

Easy run in the morning. Mid-50s and a little bit of drizzle.

Monday Apr 23 #

Field work 5:00:00 [3] 14.0 km (21:26 / km)
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Setting out controls for the QOC Rosaryville meet this weekend. I can't attend, because I'm going to the Jr. Nationals at Mt. Tom.

I met Craig Shelden in the parking lot at 10 a.m., divvied up the controls, and went out with 32 controls in 4 bags. I had made course setting maps last week, and intended to go out on whatever day this week looked best. That turned out to be today. The next two days have rain in the forecast, and although Thursday looks good it didn't leave much margin.

Because this meet has regular plus MTBO courses, it uses more controls than usual. Amy Louden was kind enough to pack up some spare flags and epunches, and Don Fish delivered them to my door after Saturday's meet at Granite. I improvised some number tags for the spare flags, and Craig and I put the controls out in the woods, at least the ones that aren't right on the well-traveled biking, hiking, and horseback-riding trails.

It was a fine day, and it was very enjoyable to be out in the woods where someone else (Russ Damtoft, who couldn't be here to do it himself) had already flagged the locations. The flags were perfectly placed, and I hope the vegetation doesn't explode in the next 6 days, because as it is, even the light green is totally runnable.

Sunday Apr 22 #

Orienteering race 1:32:38 [3] 5.6 km (16:33 / km) +100m 15:11 / km
shoes: Spirit OLX (last)

OK, let's get this out front: I didn't like this course. I did not perform well, and I'm not trying to excuse it (there's a 2-day history here) but still.

First, what was up with #2? I see that 18 of the 36 people on Green also lost significant time on this leg. Hmm. For my part, I got way off course -- I mean 250 meters off, and I have no idea how that happened. Got way off again relocating, going from a mapped feature 250m to the north.

The long run to #5 went through mountain laurel and rocky ground to a trail, then your choice of mountain laurel to a bingo in the green. There were 2 unmapped boulders just north of the 2 mapped boulders. I inspected 3 of the 4.

From 8 to 9, maybe there were options, but the road was all X'd off, and I was afraid of hitting it at the wrong place, so I went 300m through the swamp. Not anyone's favorite route choice, but basically the only one. Then it was nothing but roads to the beach, where everything that was wet got full of sand.

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