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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 7 days ending Oct 19, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Road running4 3:20:05 21.43(9:20) 34.49(5:48) 186
  Hiking1 2:35:17 7.64(20:20) 12.3(12:38) 419
  Orienteering1 58:29 2.05(28:31) 3.3(17:43) 95
  Total6 6:53:51 31.12(13:18) 50.08(8:16) 700

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Saturday Oct 19, 2019 #

Orienteering race 58:29 [4] 3.3 km (17:43 / km) +95m 15:30 / km
shoes: Spirit OLX (last)

Older Dash Day 1 (Brown X). It was a spectacular day -- clear blue sky, full sun, light breeze, temperature hovering just below 60 at 11 a.m. The course was interesting. The controls were not hard to find, but getting from one to another was pretty tough. The network of ski trails was a constant source of confusion, and it was hard to hold a bearing on the steep slope. There was a lot of ankle-height crap in the way, which kept your eyes off the map. At least I enjoyed powering up the hills.

But my real problem was I just wasn't in an orienteering mindset. I made 3 or 4 hideous mistakes, going 180 degrees in the wrong direction, going up or down the wrong slope, failing to notice big terrain features. Basically in a brain fog the whole time, either making a mistake or second-guessing because I was afraid of making a mistake. Should have been able to do this in well under 50 minutes.

Thursday Oct 17, 2019 #

5 PM

Road running 49:00 [3] 5.34 mi (9:10 / mi) +27m 9:02 / mi
shoes: Kayano 25 Blue

Highline Canal Trail down to Santa Fe Drive and back. Last run in Colorado. Next run is in New Hampshire.

Wednesday Oct 16, 2019 #

5 PM

Road running 59:16 [3] 6.01 mi (9:52 / mi) +57m 9:35 / mi
shoes: Kayano 25 Blue

Centennial-Highline trail out to Broadway and back. If you don't count the 3-min pit stop the pace was around 9:15 per mile. It was in the high 70s today, but still cool in the shade. It's weird running through a low spot and feeling cold air on your ankles and hot air on your face.

Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 #

5 PM

Road running 48:13 [3] 5.52 mi (8:44 / mi) +26m 8:36 / mi
shoes: Kayano 25 Blue

On Sunday I missed the turnoff to the Highline Trail in the dark, but I got it this time. It's much nicer than the Centennial Trail, natural surface instead of cement. Lots of joggers and dog and baby walkers.

Monday Oct 14, 2019 #

9 AM

Hiking 2:35:17 [2] 7.64 mi (20:20 / mi) +419m 17:22 / mi

With a free day, I hiked up Carpenter Peak at the edge of the foothills. A lot of sunshine, but the air was cool. A great view out over Denver, and high enough to see a couple of snowy peaks in the Front Range. A little bit of snow left over from last week's snowfall but it didn't affect the trail. I also took the Elk Valley trail out and back, not much there but the valley is lovely.

Sunday Oct 13, 2019 #

7 PM

Road running 43:36 [3] 4.56 mi (9:34 / mi) +76m 9:06 / mi
shoes: Kayano 25 Blue

Arrived in Denver for a week of reviews at Lockheed Martin. And as compensation, a week of altitude training has to be good, right? My hotel has an easy connection to the Highline Trail, so put on my headlamp and went out just after sunset. It got cold fast. I saw a few cyclists, but no other runners. It's not a great running trail (an 8 foot wide concrete bike path) but it gets you off the streets.

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