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Training Log Archive: DonP

In the 7 days ending Aug 4:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering6 3:58:10 27.2(8:45) 43.77(5:26)
  Running7 1:25:00 8.8(9:40) 14.16(6:00)
  Total7 5:23:10 36.0(8:59) 57.94(5:35)

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Sunday Aug 4 #

4 PM

Running 35:00 [3] 4.0 mi (8:45 / mi)
shoes: Kelengi Kiprun Trail XT7

Lazy day then a recovery run from the house on the trails in the woods round the Oilfields and Craigends. Tired!

Saturday Aug 3 #

11 AM

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: VJ Supra

Day 6 at Grantully. Another good walk to the start and then a good jog at the start.

Orienteering race 34:16 [5] 3.1 mi (11:03 / mi)
shoes: VJ Supra

Day 6 at Grantully and yet another of these awful middle distance races.

I guess everyone has days when nothing goes right and for me this was one of them. I was feeling a bit tired and sluggish but went as fast as I could knowing I had to finish in the top 3 on the day to get a podium position.

I was a bit scrappy but at No 5 I was in 3rd place overall, then it all went very, very wrong.

I left No 5 and headed down (what I thought was) the small gully heading for the thicket and the plan was to turn right and the control should be there. I headed down the gully and no sign of the thicket so turned right and joined a large number of others wandering about. Did a quick look around and decided to head back up to No 5 and try again. Took a bearing and headed down the hill - again no sign of the control. Headed right and came to the vegetation change. Ran back in towards the control and blundered on to it. I think I'd run past it twice and hadn't seen it in the long grass. Nearly 5 minutes lost and game well and truly over! Argh!!

Legged it towards No 7 without a plan and ended up too far left. Another 90secs lost!

Lost yet another 1min on No 8 when I again went too far left.

And again another 1min lost on No 9 when I was again too far left and stopped short of the control but by then I didn't care. Jogged in to the finish from there.

What a disappointing end to the 6-Days for me but I guess I did finish 4th M60 and 3rd Brit overall but I can't help feeling I should have done so much better - too many mistakes and a bit of bad luck with the removed leg on Day 2 and the lane cut through the bracken on Day 3.

I would like to see the 6-Days revert back to six long distance races. These middle distance races are not proper orienteering!

Friday Aug 2 #

12 PM

Running warm up/down 5:00 [3] 0.5 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: VJ Supra

6-Days Day 5 at Craig a'Barns. Brisk walk to the start then jogging about at the start. Thigh virtually pain-free now and no pain killers needed.

Orienteering race 52:51 [5] 5.9 mi (8:57 / mi)
shoes: VJ Supra

Day 5 at Craig a'Barns. This was not the Craig a'Barns I was expecting as we spent most of the course on the moorland but really enjoyed it.

All fairly straightforward except I went way too low between 2 and 3 and lost 1 min. Also a small overshoot at No 9. Frustrating to miss the win by a mere 9 seconds.

Pleased my thigh was fine.

Thursday Aug 1 #

1 PM

Running warm up/down 5:00 [3] 0.5 mi (10:00 / mi)
(injured) shoes: VJ Supra

Not the ideal preparation for a race - parking cars in the parking field for 4 1/2 hours.

It never ceases to amaze me how obnoxious a very small minority of orienteers are to volunteer officials. Please read the event programme before you sound off about the fact that your camper van won't get back up the hill to the gate you just came though. The programme clearly says you leave the parking field via the gate at the bottom of the field.

Very brisk walk to the start from the car park then a jog at the start to try and get the legs working again. They were very heavy and I was dreading the race. But my thigh was greatly improved and only had one pain killer in me.

Orienteering race 52:24 [5] 6.8 mi (7:42 / mi)
(injured) shoes: VJ Supra

Day 4 at Culteuchar and Dron. Legs very heavy after the start but eased off after that. Thigh also improving rapidly.

Went straight up the hill to the marked crossing point to No 1 but seem to have lost 1min on my rivals. I wonder if it would have been quicker running south from the start up the large re-entrant then along the paths to the control.

All fairly straight forward navigation and running quite well except I lost 1 min on No 10 when I stopped in the first re-entrant and then landed too low in the correct re-entrant.

Enjoyed this and finished 3rd.

Wednesday Jul 31 #

12 PM

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
(injured) shoes: Kalengi Eliofeel Trail

Warm up before Sprint Race in MacRosty Park. Thigh definitely on the mend but took pain killers to be certain.

Orienteering race 14:16 [5] 2.8 mi (5:06 / mi)
(injured) shoes: Kalengi Eliofeel Trail

Sprint race in MacRosty Park. Really nice park to run round and almost enjoyed it and pleased my thigh was improving.

All went well except I went left between 2 and 3 and lost 30secs.. Shedding the usual few seconds on each leg and finished behind one of the usual suspects and equal with one of the others. Won a lovely bronze medal.

Running warm up/down 5:00 [3] 0.5 mi (10:00 / mi)
(injured) shoes: Kalengi Eliofeel Trail

Even managed a short cool down jog.

Tuesday Jul 30 #

10 AM

Running warm up/down 5:00 [3] 0.3 mi (16:40 / mi)
(injured) shoes: VJ Supra

6-Days Day 3 at Dundurn. Tried to do a warm up in the very restricted start area. Still on the pain killers but thigh starting to improve.

Orienteering race 32:52 [5] 2.7 mi (12:10 / mi)
(injured) shoes: VJ Supra

Day 3 at Dundurn. One of these stupid, pointless middle distance races and it was my 10.00am start. Thigh painful but in spite of this I was moving okay and it was other issues which let me down.

Way too low on both No 2 and No 3 and lost time but the splits don't show much time lost at all but I guess approx. 45 secs.

All was well until 12 - 13. As a very early starter I got to No 12 and didn't see any alternative way to get to 13 except to take the steep sided valley and bracken head on. However when I finished it appeared that the organisers had cut a lane though the bracken slightly to the left of the straight line which I didn't see! Nearly 2mins lost and not happy! If you're going to cut lanes through the bracken then tape them or mark them on the map so everyone has a chance to see them! Again something out-with my control affecting my result. Finished 6th but should have been higher.

Monday Jul 29 #

12 PM

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
(injured) shoes: VJ Supra

6-Days Day 2 and another painful hobble to the start followed by a gentle warm up.

Orienteering race 51:31 [5] 5.9 mi (8:44 / mi)
(injured) shoes: VJ Supra

6-Days Day 2 at Edinchip.

Thigh slightly better but didn't enjoy the uphill slog to No 2.

Almost went the totally wrong way between 4 and 5 but caught myself in time and only lost 30secs.

Lost nearly 2mins on the long leg 7 - 8. Lost touch with the map as I headed across the hillside and eventually decided to head up to the path then ran along the path until I could see the fence beyond the control and turned back to the control. Not good!

Drifted too far left between 8 and 9. 30secs lost.

Lost time on the long leg between 10 and 11. Decided to head more or less straight, cross the old railway and pick up the track to the south-east and run this to the control. All was well until I tried to get down the slope from the old railway. It was horrendous in spite of being shown as runnable on the map. Lost at least 1min here. Should have run straight to the path and followed it round past No 6.

Not very happy with what happened re the not to be crossed river. I was originally 3rd but dropped to 5th after Leg 11 to 12 was taken out. This had a fairly major impact on the final overall results.

Painfull limp back to assembly.

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