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Training Log Archive: Bertbennett

In the 7 days ending Mar 20, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running5 3:20:02 24.58(8:08) 39.55(5:03) 520
  Orienteering2 1:42:15 8.09(12:38) 13.02(7:51)
  Total6 5:02:17 32.67(9:15) 52.57(5:45) 520

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Sunday Mar 20, 2016 #

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)

9 AM

Running race (GVMC) 54:13 [4] 10.9 km (4:58 / km) +520m 4:01 / km
shoes: Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3

The Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge, a mountain run up Mount Canobolas which this year hosted the NSW Mountain Running Championships. I haven't run this race since I was 18, so I was interested to see how I would compare to the time I did back then.

Turns out I'm a bit over a minute faster than I was back then. It must be noted that that performance was achieved with almost no running training... which means that 23 year old Robert with 3 months of solid running training behind him is 1 minute faster than 17/18 year old Robert who just sat in on the couch watching TV. I'm looking forward to seeing what a year of solid running/orienteering training can do to my time in this race. I don't think shaving 5 minutes off this time by 2017 would be unrealistic, which would put me well up there with this year's winners.

Not for the first time in the GVMC I was beaten by a girl, meaning I was the 8th Male and 9th overall. The winner this year was somewhere in the 49 minutes, well down on Marty Dent's 2015 time which I believe was around 45 minutes.

Saturday Mar 19, 2016 #

Orienteering race (SL1) 46:30 [4] 5.6 km (8:18 / km)
shoes: Inov8 TerraClaw 250

Well it wouldn't be wattle ridge without a few errors. Probably happy with 80% of the course, but certainly huge room for improvement. Probably realistically 8 minutes overall can be tallied to errors or hesitations, or just suboptimal route choices. Fine nav has never been my bag but I really hope to improve this aspect of my orienteering. Keeping it realistic though I have only really been focussing on orienteering as a sport again for about 2 1/2 months so I can't expect miracles over-night.

Well done to Macey on a strong result!

GVMC tomorrow. Might be tough!

Running warm up/down 15:00 [2] 2.0 km (7:30 / km)
shoes: Inov8 TerraClaw 250

Friday Mar 18, 2016 #

Orienteering (Miner's Despair ) 55:45 [3] ***** 7.42 km (7:31 / km)
shoes: Inov8 TerraClaw 250

Attempted to run on miner's despair, the 1:15000 map from a 2010 NOL for those with long memories. The idea was to take advantage of being away from newcastle to run on a different style map. I'd say the map was consistently under-mapped by australian standards, with some fairly hefty 5-10m cliffs marked to be essentially the same size as a 1m cliff, which caused some dissonance between what I was expecting and what actually appeared when I arrived in certain areas.

Terrain is Thick, with a capital T, which I'm guessing will be replicated tomorrow at Wattle Ridge. Usually the fastest route seemed to be really different to what you'd think just by looking at the map. Route choice tomorrow probably won't be much of an issue given course lengths. Looking forward to SL1!

Tuesday Mar 15, 2016 #

Running intervals (5 × 800m) 42:00 [3] 8.5 km (4:56 / km)
shoes: Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3

Did my own intervals today because I couldn't make the usual tuesday track with the group. That plus Macey wants to go to a burger eating challenge. Memories of sporties at Dubbo, the site of the end of my competitive eating career.

First interval was a bit slower than I was hoping but then I managed to squeeze in a couple 2:36's before fading away in the last interval.

Tried out the Newcastle Athletics Field which is possibly the most ghetto athletics track I've ever seen. Complete with missing track surface, huge cracks in the track, high school kids yelling at me, and free entry, as long as you can find a hole in the barbed wire. 10/10 would visit again.

Monday Mar 14, 2016 #

Running 1:18:49 [3] 17.15 km (4:36 / km)
shoes: Saucony

Just trying to build up some more volume so I need more longish runs. Pace felt quite manageable probably helped by the temperature being a bit more mild tonight.

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