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Training Log Archive: kgeisen

In the 7 days ending Sep 24, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Biking1 7:54:17 37.7(4.8/h) 60.67(7.7/h)
  Mountain biking1 4:47:52 30.4(6.3/h) 48.92(10.2/h) 3442
  Trekking2 3:54:44 8.3(28:17) 13.36(17:34) 498
  Paddling1 2:50:11 8.3(20:30) 13.36(12:44)
  Trail running1 46:49 3.3(14:11) 5.31(8:49)
  Total6 20:13:53 88.0(13:48) 141.62(8:34) 3940
averages - sleep:6

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Saturday Sep 24, 2016 #

6 AM

Trekking (Berryman prologue trek) 2:31:15 [4] 5.4 mi (28:01 / mi) +498ft 25:46 / mi
shoes: Salewa Ultra Train

CP 4, 3, 2, 1. Hit 4, 2, 1 all cleanly, misjudged how far down we needed to go on spur for 3 and went all the way back up looking. Our initial attack was SO close, and then we turned around. Cost us an extra 40 minutes of looking and had us probably the last 18 hour team to leave on the paddle.
8 AM

Paddling (Berryman paddle) 2:50:11 [3] 8.3 mi (20:30 / mi)

Instead of canoes, we had individual sit on top kayaks for the paddle on the Little Piney River. I was initially pretty unhappy with this because paddling (and, in particular, steering) is NOT my strength and as a team Chuck's paddle experience and strength is a HUGE benefit. Racewise the kayaks definitely slowed us down as a team since he had to go at my slow pace, but experience-wise it was a blast and highlight of the race.

We'd planned to get CP 9 from the water and were pulling up at our attack point as Alpine Shop was leaving there, which gave us lots of confidence in our spot. It was just after 11, though, and Orange Lederhosen had just reminded us of the noon cutoff to be off the river. We opted not to chance it and took out at 11:24. We *maybe* had time to get 9 if all went perfectly smoothly, but we'd really have been pushing it.
11 AM

Trekking race (Berryman trek 2) 1:23:29 [3] 2.9 mi (28:47 / mi)
shoes: Salewa Ultra Train

Paddle takeout to CP 6 (pond) to bike drop/CP11. Nav error on the way when we turned off too soon, but we righted ourselves, found the pond, and moved on.
12 PM

Biking (Berryman bike legs) 7:54:17 [5] 37.7 mi (4.8 mph)

Fun forest roads, awesome Magruderville singletrack. Plenty of gravel. Smooth on the nav here. Many of the bike points were placed off the road where you had to drop bikes and hike in to them. Not just 20 feet back, either. I was really over trekking in bike shoes by the end of the day.

We rode bike 1, got to the TA for the next trek, plotted the points which were mostly way far away, and decided our time was better spent in getting bike points. We finished with 2:15 on the clock still, so in retrospect there are 2-3 CPs we had the time to get to even having made all of the same basic decisions in the race.

That said, the team that would have come in first in our division lost several CPs due to missing a kayak cutoff. The other team had comparable (if not more) CPs than we did and hit the big trek at almost the same time we did. They decided to go for 4 trekking points before hitting the remaining bike leg; they finished pretty close to midnight and ended up with 2-3 CPs less than we had, so we made a good strategic decision. It would have cost us first if the other team hadn't missed that cutoff, though, so we probably should have been more aggressive.

I was really, really happy to be finished, though.
11 PM


Berryman Adventure: overall I liked the structure of this race better than RMC's Hellbender last year. It gave more room to make decisions throughout the race rather than committing early and spending the rest of the race chasing cutoffs. Well-supported, smooth logistics, good waterproof map paper and accurately placed CPs.

The kayak leg was pretty and a cool different thing, and I loved the Magruderville trails and the forest roads we got to ride. My only real criticism besides really poor pre-race communication is that I didn't find most CP locations interesting at all. One of my favorite things about AR is seeing things I wouldn't normally be able to see, and we didn't see much that was special. Lots of other teams were telling the RD how great the race was, though, so maybe that's just me.

Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 #

5 PM

Trail running (Big Woods) 46:49 [3] 3.3 mi (14:11 / mi)
shoes: Salomon Sense Pro

So hot again. Overall felt pretty decent, ran a little more on hills than usual.

Sunday Sep 18, 2016 #

9 AM

Mountain biking (Middlefork ) 4:47:52 [4] 30.4 mi (6.3 mph) +3442ft
ahr:141 max:166 slept:6.0 shoes: Trek SuperFly

With Mickey, Eric, and Randy. Strava tells me I was faster on every single segment except one than any other time I've ridden them. Very gratifying. Climbed pretty well, some improvements on switchbacks which disappeared (the improvement, not the switchbacks) as I got tired. Mickey rode with me majority of the way out until I started getting tired and his presence behind me was making me frustrated with myself when I misrode something; then I sent him back to the other guys. The coaching was very helpful, I'd just gotten to a point where I couldn't use it right then.

Overall really happy with today's ride and how I felt. :)

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