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Training Log Archive: Ollie

In the 7 days ending Feb 12, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:44:34 6.82(15:20) 10.97(9:32) 40018 /27c66%
  Spinning2 1:01:23 14.29(4:18) 23.0(2:40)
  Total3 2:45:57 21.11(7:52) 33.97(4:53) 40018 /27c66%
averages - sleep:7.5 weight:70.2kg

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Sunday Feb 12, 2006 #

Orienteering race (Regional Event) 1:44:34 [4] **** 10.97 km (9:32 / km) +400m 8:04 / km
spiked:18/27c slept:7.5 weight:70.2kg shoes: Standard White O-Shoes

Regional Event at South Ashdown, Sussex.

I was expecting a forested course today, as it's in Ashdown Forest, but the course was almost entirely on grassy and heathery moorland, with various tank tracks providing fast routes. The area was cold, raining and misty when I arrived, so I had planned to run just the 8km short course - especially as Nick Barrable, Simon Evans and the Rollins were all running M21L. However, the maps had run out (I hadn't pre-entered) so I ended up running the long. 11km in the rain was always going to be tough, but I got off to a good start, making only minor mistakes (<1 minute each) up to control 7. I was going well, running hard, and could be posting a good time in the tough conditions. Then, things went a bit downhill.

Once again the "rough open with scattered trees" colouring was indistinguishable from white forest. But my main annoyance with the map is that it didn't mark on most of the gorse clumps in the rough open - and neither did the control descriptions. This meant I wasted a lot of time (5-10 minutes each) at both 8 and 12, these were hard, technical controls, and trying to navigate off the gorse clumps caused big problems for me. The continual rain started to increase slightly, and the mist closed in, making the moorland legs very technical and very physical.

Control 8, as mentioned above, was a disaster, needing two relocations to fix, thanks to much confusion over marked and unmarked gorse bushes. 12 was a very technical control and I ended up a long way from where I should be. In the end, it was hidden in a gorse bush (unmarked), that I had run past at least twice before in my search. Some parts of the map felt very remote in the murky rain - even though it's only Sussex, it felt more like the Scottish Highlands. 15-16 was possibly the hardest leg I've ever done - it was only short, with little climbing, but the marshes I tried to cross in the rain were man-eating - I ended up suddenly up to my waist several times, I've never been so glad to see a control. I fell in several more man-eating marshes, and was flat on my face several times after then too - it was a real fight to get around! I did however still have plenty of energy and was able to run well where I could. After a final section through pleasant woodland, the penultimate leg was a tough uphill stretch and the only leg for which I walked part-way.

As before on long, cold and wet courses, I suffered some pain in my lungs, after around 8km, which is persisting a little bit now. As I was also completely soaked, I was pretty miserable at the finish, but was relieved and glad I got around OK, on a long course, with enough energy to keep going. As is almost always the case, if I hadn't made my big mistakes, I would have had a respectable time.

I really hope it doesn't rain at Burnham Beeches next weeked though. With this and Eridge, I think I've had enough rainy courses for this year...

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Friday Feb 10, 2006 #

Spinning tempo (Self Program) 21:06 [3] 8.0 km (2:38 / km)
ahr:148 max:158 slept:7.5 weight:69.8kg shoes: Gym Trainers

Was planning on doing 15km, but got kicked out after only 8km as gym was closing early. I was on the easier bike again (as earlier this week) and a speed demon beside me for most of the session meant my rpm was faster than normal. Would have beaten my 40min target if I'd been able to go to the end! 226kcal.


I climbed the 530 steps up to the Golden Gallery on top of St Paul's Cathedral at lunch today - not sure if that counts as training or not... ;-) Got my first vertigo "hit" for many months. Stunning views at the top, of course.

Tuesday Feb 7, 2006 #

Spinning long (Self Program) 40:17 [3] 15.0 km (2:41 / km)
ahr:148 max:160 slept:7.5 weight:70.6kg shoes: Gym Trainers

Used different machine today - definitely felt easier, so can't compare too much with previous sessions. Still aiming for sub 40 minutes, I'll get it one of these days! 421kcal.

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