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Training Log Archive: lackofluke

In the 7 days ending Feb 1, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 2:06:14 8.03(15:43) 12.92(9:46) 3453 /26c11%
  Circuits1 1:00:00
  Running1 45:00 5.59(8:03) 9.0(5:00) 150
  Total3 3:51:14 13.62 21.92 4953 /26c11%

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Wednesday Feb 1, 2006 #

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No matter how tired or frustrated you are, the run-in is always important.

At last Sunday's race, I felt terrible at the last control (and not just because I messed up my approach to it). I didn't know it at the time, but a Tab (Cambridge student, for the uninitiated) was 23 seconds ahead of me. Despite being tired both physically and mentally, I still recognised that I had to give it all I had left on the run-in. I forced my mutinous body to run along the ride and get itself over the finish line as quickly as it possibly could.

I beat the Tab by 3 seconds. I had taken 26 seconds out of him, just on the run-in.

Tuesday Jan 31, 2006 #

Circuits 1:00:00 [4]

Longer intervals this time, 60s on 10s off for one whole circuit. Could definitely feel that the intervals were longer! Still a few issues with breathlessness but other than that I was reasonably happy with how I got on.

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.

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