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Training Log Archive: lackofluke

In the 7 days ending Feb 4, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 2:06:14 8.03(15:43) 12.92(9:46) 3453 /26c11%
  Running2 1:14:15 10.25(7:15) 16.5(4:30) 260
  Circuits1 1:00:00
  Hill walking1 6:00 0.37(16:06) 0.6(10:00) 110
  Total5 4:26:29 18.65 30.02 7153 /26c11%

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Saturday Feb 4, 2006 #

Hill walking 6:00 [3] 0.6 km (10:00 / km) +110m 5:13 / km

Visited Beacon Hill viewpoint just off the A34. Walked quite hard up the hill from the picnic site (time given above is an estimate) and indeed I overtook several people on the way up! Hadn't planned this as training but decided to walk hard up the hill for the hell of it.

Friday Feb 3, 2006 #

Running 42:15 [3] 9.0 km (4:42 / km) +150m 4:20 / km

Since I felt a bit better yesterday I had another go at the 9km loop I tried a couple of times last week. Managed to knock over 2.5 minutes off my previous time of about 45 minutes. That may be because I felt that I had a little more power than before, or it may be because the ground was still quite solid.

Thursday Feb 2, 2006 #

Running 32:00 [3] 7.5 km (4:16 / km) +110m 3:59 / km

Run to a nearby radio mast (which I found out today is actually a mobile phone mast :O) and back. Felt that I had a little more power in me this time.

It was very cold out there, so I wore gloves and a sweater on top of my usual running gear. Other than that, the cold wasn't a problem. In fact, it was a bonus. It hardened the mud and made it easier to run on, particularly up over Cumnor Hill. It's so much nicer to run when your feet aren't sliding about all over the place.

Wednesday Feb 1, 2006 #


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!

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