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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending May 19:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking2 6:15:00 15.25(24:35) 24.54(15:17) 1305
  Orienteering2 3:09:58 16.34(11:38) 26.29(7:14) 772
  Total3 9:24:58 31.58(17:53) 50.83(11:07) 2077
  [1-5]3 9:23:42

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Sunday May 19 #

10 AM

Orienteering 40:21 intensity: (28 @1) + (6:50 @2) + (11:01 @3) + (19:29 @4) + (2:33 @5) 5.52 km (7:19 / km) +203m 6:11 / km
ahr:145 max:178

Freestyle @ Dickey Creek. Felt significantly stronger, more energetic etc. than the previous day. I was aiming for closer to 35 min than 40, but had a few minor problems in the control circle and my last 4-5 controls were junkier and steeper than the rest.

Hiking 2:38:37 intensity: (1:15 @0) + (1:57:14 @1) + (37:06 @2) + (3:02 @3) 8.21 km (19:20 / km) +429m 15:19 / km
ahr:85 max:133

Squad hike up the Jungle Creek trail to the ridgeline.

Saturday May 18 #

9 AM

Orienteering 2:29:37 intensity: (1 @0) + (1:25 @1) + (12:18 @2) + (42:53 @3) + (1:21:11 @4) + (11:49 @5) 20.77 km (7:12 / km) +570m 6:20 / km
ahr:150 max:182

Routegadget

Teanaway Goat. Objectively speaking I probably shouldn't have shown up for this, as we tested positive for Covid on Wednesday. Moderate cold symptoms (fatigue, congestion, coughing) on Thursday, but starting to relieve Friday; we had already missed the Rolling Stones concert and a state tournament soccer game, so I wanted to get to the Goat if at all possible. Woke up Saturday morning and felt reasonably functional, so I headed out the door, knowing that I could throw in the towel at any point if my bod wasn't up to it.

It was a real old man moment at the start line, with Jackson plus Ben 3x (though Cooper wasn't on the Goat), all of whom are of course like half my age. Moving up the hill out of the start it was already clear that I wasn't going to be able to bring much speed, so I resolved to disregard the lads and do my own thing, knowing that if I tried to go into competition mode I would probably crash hard after like half an hour or something. My focus was poor as well, as I was in my own head about the combination of sickness, lack of fitness/training, and lack of water on the course. Anyway, I quickly lost sight of the other guys and proceeded to then lose a couple minutes to the first control. Saw Cooper and Jackson a bit on the way to 2, but after that was basically alone - which suited me perfectly.

Goofed up 5 as well, which started me on the path of thinking about exit points. 9 was the obvious one, so I decided if I still was not having fun there and/or feeling any worse I'd call it. However, puttering along on the road toward 8 I came across Bruce, who had skipped 5, and chatted with him for a bit, which buoyed my spirits and got me out of my negative headspace. At 9 I still felt okay, so I decided to keep going (and skip 10) since 11-14 were in the most fun part of the map.

Got through those fine, so I decided that if I skipped 16, the 15-18 group was pretty chill. Furthermore if I was at 18 I was already at the W-most part of the course and the rest was basically a straight shot back to the finish, so I might as well do the whole damn thing unless in dire straits. 15 turned out to be not at all chill, as I lost some 5-6 minutes there (cursing Mack all the while, naturally), and another 4-5 on 17, an easy control - but at this point I was just happy to still be out there and feeling okay, so I wasn't too troubled.

To my surprise, Jackson popped out of the woods at the bridge over the river back toward 19, and we ran together on the road for awhile. He said that Ben 2x were somewhere not too far behind him, which also surprised me. We went separate directions in the forest shortly after leaving the road, and I didn't see him again. I was hoping he had gotten ahead, but figured if so I should have glimpsed him ahead at some point on the approach to the control.

Felt like I was physically home free at that point, so my stresses were gone. 19-22 went fine, but I blew some three minutes on 23, the last control of any real difficulty, which was of course mildly bothersome. Again to my surprise, Ben Conley came into the control (from the right direction) just as I did, we hit 24 and 25 together, and he outran me to the finish with ease - for the win (!) apparently, which I think surprised us both. Nice racing Ben! When I think about when I went to JWOC long long ago in the before times, it strikes me how much farther ahead the juniors are now at the same age. Their futures are bright.

Monday May 13 #

9 AM

Hiking 3:36:23 intensity: (2:12:21 @1) + (1:05:12 @2) + (18:50 @3) 10.15 mi (21:19 / mi) +876m 16:49 / mi
ahr:90 max:134

Tiger w/dog

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