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Training Log Archive: philm64

In the 7 days ending Jul 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 52:59 3.86(13:43) 6.22(8:31) 120
  Total1 52:59 3.86(13:43) 6.22(8:31) 120

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Sunday Jul 21 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Urban ) 52:59 [2] 6.22 km (8:31 / km) +120m 7:46 / km
(sick) shoes: Innovate Terraclaws

Graz Euro city race final day. No guarantees I was well enough but headed in early & found my brain fog was clearing after 8 days’ unrelenting misery.

Trundled round my course but found the astonishing city sites the planner took us to very enjoyable. Walked a lot & certainly walked all hills. Couldn’t resist a quick “rage split” near the end where apparently I beat Quentin by 1:02! (He messed up.... but still won all 3 stages with ian Maxwell 2nd & David hunt Bok 3rd).

16 ? Mins down in Quentin but not an issue.

Spent afternoon slowly retracing parts of the course & seeing some of the outstanding sights of Graz. Plus cafes etc.

Saturday Jul 20 #

(sick) (rest day)

Another difficult day. Dmitry is in town, in touch, and racing, as is David Hunt, & Quentin.

But after my daily trip out in car to the local Spar for essentials, and noting its 28-29 degs in the shade, I've made the only sensible option, which is to rest again in shade by tent all day.

Managed some hand washing & chores. Failed at Chas's sudoku though :-(

I'm still optimistic. I must be mad. Just STAY AWAY FROM BIG HILLS.

Friday Jul 19 #

(sick) (rest day)

Much too ill to consider going into Graz, let alone trying to run a sprint urban.

This is going from being awful, to being a near disaster now. Spending day in shade near my tent, trying to relax. Mentally getting hit v hard all alone now. Wish I was at home.

Thursday Jul 18 #

(sick) (rest day)

Easy day transferring self & tent etc to a chilled out sports/welllness centre north east of Graz, Kumberg, welt wellness camping, cheap, seems v quiet.

Felt rough enough today / in car etc. to still be pretty concerned, but I’m sure it’s easing. Let’s have a 18 minute urban sprint & see what happens, shall we? 7pm tomorrow.

Wednesday Jul 17 #

(sick) (rest day)

Very easy recuperation day in Lienz, hanging out by tent all morning, ventured out to a scenic lake later, & drove up to a hut. Storm came in, much lightening.

Definitely feeling less ghastly, but can’t imagine running a race. Or three. They start Friday evening.

Fingers crossed. Will move on to Graz tomorrow & chill for another day.

Tuesday Jul 16 #

(sick) (rest day)

I have to admit I’m feeling crap.

So the alps curse returns. Had hoped to walk/easy via ferrata today above cortina but instead am sat in a field doing nothing but looking at the views.

I know fridays excursion did this to me, & I think the time has come to stop trying to try to be someone who can take on alpine excursions. This happens every year; it’s not going to change; no one will ever understand why; & happily Liz is at home so (contrary to the mind-body brigade who always seem so keen to attribute a psychological explanation for everything- urm, why?) (& I knew this anyway), my ghastly reaction to alpine excursions beyond the trivial had *nothing* whatsoever to do with Liz.

I’m sure I’ll feel better tomorrow. Now decamped to Lienz in Austria where I’ll recuperate/relax for a day or 2.

Monday Jul 15 #

2 PM

(rest day)

Essentially a rest day, Mike & I did some new short climbing routes near Fedaia pass. I called mine #acceptable. Graded IV, 4a/b

Rain/cold. Felt rotten most of the day. Suspect fridays steep & high day on the wire is to blame. Hmmm.

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