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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Sep 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering9 5:55:17 23.43(15:10) 37.7(9:25) 1340129c
  Running2 20:00 1.24(16:06) 2.0(10:00) 65
  Total9 6:15:17 24.67(15:13) 39.7(9:27) 1405129c

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Saturday Sep 24 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 2:12:00 [4] **** 13.7 km (9:38 / km) +575m 7:58 / km
23c (injured)


Fell and gashed my knee on a rock. Extent of damage unknown but hopefully just a flesh wound.

Re: the long - a grueling race in really epic orienteering terrain. Sort of like a very long middle - you had to maintain focus and map contact almost constantly, with few of the mental breaks you get in most longer races. Very hard for me at times to read the map while moving with any decent speed, and I never felt like I could really open up and run at full speed. At some controls in the more complicated areas I could hardly parse things out inside the circle and just sort of barged in on a bearing and went into search mode. I lost a minute on 2 and several on 3, but got into a solid groove from then on. Only other controls I had significant problems on were 15 (bad route choice) and 16 (overran). Was pretty much alone for the entire course, and felt good about putting the rough start behind me and hanging tough. Still, a race that could've been a lot better.

Running warm up/down 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km) +15m 9:18 / km

Friday Sep 23 #

3 PM

Orienteering race 41:21 [4] *** 5.5 km (7:31 / km) +205m 6:20 / km

NAOC middle. Despite bobbling 6, I was having a solid race until bobbling 13, then blowing the long leg to 14. Reason: not having an attack point. I contoured around the hill, trusting that I would figure things out when I got close - not a great plan. I came to a vague lumpy area with lots of clearcut/trail thingies running this way and that, and couldn't make sense of them, so wandered for a while trying to find something real to relocate on. Luckily that something happened to be the control, but it was not until about three minutes later.

Running warm up/down 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km) +50m 8:00 / km

Thursday Sep 22 #

4 PM

Orienteering 30:00 [2] ** 3.0 km (10:00 / km) +50m 9:14 / km

Tooling around on the middle model.
5 PM

Orienteering 40:00 [2] *** 4.0 km (10:00 / km) +100m 8:53 / km

And the long model. Finding some areas of the map very difficult to read at 1:15000.

Wednesday Sep 21 #

6 PM

Orienteering 1:00:00 [3] *** 6.0 km (10:00 / km) +300m 8:00 / km

Today we continued our roaming ways and eventually ended up at Moreau Lake State Park, so we ran around most of the blue middle from 2013 (?). Very cool area. We had to cut things a bit short as it started to get pretty dark in the forest and I started to get scared. Because I am afraid of dark forests, which is a totally rational and legitimate fear.

Not much clue about time or distance as I've forgotten my watch charging cord at home and therefore my watch has been dead since Sunday. If anyone else has a Forerunner 220 I'd be mighty obliged if I could borrow your cord for a bit this weekend.

Forgot to mention, when we had just arrived and were about to head up the hill from the parking lot the big Frenchman himself came trotting down and chatted with us for a bit. So that was cool.

Tuesday Sep 20 #

(rest day)

We roamed around upstate New York today; I spent most of the day pretending I was Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans. We did some hiking in Treman State Park outside of Ithaca - the scenery is gorges.

Monday Sep 19 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 11:45 [4] ** 2.0 km (5:53 / km) +55m 5:10 / km

Sprint relay, Leg 1. Running with Greg for most of the course; he got me by some 15s in the end. Overall, Tori and myself (AKA Team Willtorious) battled gallantly but we were narrowly defeated by Team EspaƱa, Greg y Juanma.
1 PM

Orienteering warm up/down 20:00 [2] ** 2.0 km (10:00 / km) +55m 8:47 / km

Warm down with Ethan doing the other loop.
5 PM

Orienteering race 14:28 [3] ** 1.0 km (14:28 / km)

Corn Maze Classic. I entered the maze, and promptly got lost! I had not respect for the maze.
6 PM

Orienteering race 5:43 [4] ** 0.5 km (11:26 / km)

Corn Maze Sprint. This time I had learned my lesson and gained respect for the maze - yet I still committed one semi-costly error. Really fun orienteering! Very different from the Cascade version of CMO, where the maze is more geometric and less artsy/stylized. In COC CMO the keys have historically been counting intersections and keeping track of which primary direction you're facing. Over here it's more about recognizing irregular shapes and angles.

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