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Training Log Archive: lackofluke

In the 7 days ending Jan 29, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 2:06:14 8.03(15:43) 12.92(9:46) 3453 /26c11%
  Running2 1:30:00 11.18(8:03) 18.0(5:00) 300
  Circuits1 1:00:00
  Total4 4:36:14 19.21 30.92 6453 /26c11%

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Sunday Jan 29, 2006 #

Orienteering race (BKO National Event) 2:06:14 [3] ** 12.92 km (9:46 / km) +345m 8:37 / km
spiked:3/26c shoes: New Balance RX Terrain

The area Cold Ash consists of two areas (Grimsbury Castle and Bucklebury Common) with a small chunk of forest between them. Although the area isn't that difficult technically, there is a lot on the map, in particular linear features. The white areas in the forest were a real mixture: some of them were very easily runnable whereas others were covered with brashings. I ran the M21L course, 12.9km with 345m climb. All I can say about it is: "Bloody hell, it was tough". I have not been this knackered at the end of an event for quite a while. distracted won't be too disappointed that he missed this one.

I wasn't the only one who struggled with it. angryhaggis and I and OUOC members Chris M and Tim B all had times within 15 minutes of 2 hours. Sadly, I was on the latter side of the 2 hour mark, with angryhaggis pipping me by all of 13 seconds. The 2 hour mark on M21L courses is something of a pariah for me, with only one exception all my times for M21L races are within 10 minutes of it, and indeed three of them are within 1 minute!

Earlier in the week I had been complaining of not having any power, and the rest I took instead doesn't seem to have helped. As well as being physically tired, I also seemed quite weary mentally, making some very silly route choices for a lot of the controls. I've only put three controls down as 'spiked', but there were another six or so with which I didn't have any navigational difficulties but I was just too tired to get a decent leg time.

angryhaggis did ask if I could post all my splits on attackpoint, and these are now in the 'Race' section, along with an analysis of all the many mistakes I made on the way!

Thursday Jan 26, 2006 #

Running 45:00 [3] 9.0 km (5:00 / km) +150m 4:37 / km

Tried doing the same run as yesterday, to see if I could get any quicker at it. I couldn't. I still felt as if I had no power in me, so I'm thinking of resting tomorrow so that I don't overdo it before the Cold Ash National event.

Wednesday Jan 25, 2006 #

Running 45:00 [3] 9.0 km (5:00 / km) +150m 4:37 / km

Another training run on the bridleways near home, past Youlbury Scout Camp, down to Chilswell Farm and then back up to Chilswell Priory. It was a surprise to meet Helen out there, she seemed surprised to see me too!

Some of the paths are still quite muddy, in particular it wasn't too easy coming back over the top of Cumnor Hill when your shoes weigh twice as much as they should! And curse that damned farmer who has put electric fences either side of the bridleway that heads towards Chilswell Farm from the southwest. Part of the path is a muddy puddle which I used to go around, but now I have to run over it and risk slipping over and getting zapped by the fence just to add insult to injury. Fortunately that didn't happen today.

That aside, I wasn't going as fast as I felt I should be. I just didn't seem to have any power.

Tuesday Jan 24, 2006 #

Circuits 1:00:00 [4]

About time I did some more training, since I've not done any since last Friday! Anyway, it was back at Brookes for an identical circuit to last week, 50s on 10s off for one loop plus 3. I even started in the same place in the circuit!

I didn't feel quite as breathless as I did last time. Surely my lack of training over the last few days isn't the reason for that?! Perhaps it was because I walked my bike up the hill instead of cycling it up.

Anyway, I had better get more training done this week - I've got 12.9km to run this Sunday!

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