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Training Log Archive: falcon

In the 1 days ending Oct 18, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:47:17
  Trail running1 15:00
  Total1 2:02:17

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Sunday Oct 18, 2009 #

Orienteering race 1:47:17 [3]

Quebec Champs - Long
Gorgeous day out on Lac Phillippe. I twisted the left ankle during the middle yesterday. It didn't feel like much at the time and I was able to run the sprint okay. But during the warm-up I could tell that it was going to be a problem.
The first several controls went without major incident. I think I witnessed Jon's hamstring tear on the way to #6. By the time I was headed to #7 I knew that I would try to avoid running in the forest as much as possible. Took the road route to the right to #10. To #14 I was basically walking over the rocky stuff and the gait was super-compensated for the ankle problems. Still, I managed to jog the last few kms and finish which was better thank Frank and JB managed so I was 3rd.

I thought a lot about Terry's comments on O-technique while I was out there. He has developed ways to simplify the map so he can run faster on the compass. The premise being that reading the compass is faster than reading the map until he gets to a distinct feature along the way. When the map is already very simpified though (like today) I think it doesn't give a big advantage. I also thought about his concept of a perfect route. I agree that there is a fastest or 'perfect' route between any two points in a forest but there is a problem when you can't predict that route from looking at the map. Still, he has worked hard and developed good training and racing habits that are paying off in terms of consistency in racing and training. I doubt there are many (if any) orienteers who have focused that much on perfecting their orienteering technique or spent more hours developing it. Kudos to him - he deserves every success.

Trail running warm up/down 15:00 [1]


Week summary.
First few days went well, good volume even if I wasn't motivated to add any intensity. Thursday's travel day cut out some volume for the week and the shortened nights of sleep on Weds, Thurs and Friday combined with the road run in Picton left me pretty tired for the weekend races. Still, these weren't priority races by any stretch of the imagination and so I must say that I enjoyed the orienteering even if the results were sub-par.
I enjoyed seeing the mustachioed foreigners. Very friendly bunch and to a man, great ambassadors of the sport. I would hope that Canadians can project as positively when we travel abroad.
Next up is a week in Cochrane, visiting and waiting for a new relative, then on to Victoria for a nice quiet weekend with Anita and Regnly.

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