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Training Log Archive: lackofluke

In the 7 days ending Apr 1, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:21:49 4.97(16:28) 8.0(10:14) 33513 /19c68%
  Circuits1 1:00:00
  Running2 53:40 7.39(7:15) 11.9(4:31) 140
  Total4 3:15:29 12.37 19.9 47513 /19c68%

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Saturday Apr 1, 2006 #

Event: BOC 2006

Orienteering race 1:21:49 [3] ** 8.0 km (10:14 / km) +335m 8:27 / km
spiked:13/19c shoes: New Balance RX Terrain

British Individual Orienteering Championships 2006, Furnace Wood, Woolbeding and Great Commons.

For the most part of this year I've been running to run M21L at Regional events to build up stamina and get used to the distances they involve. However, at the British Champs, I am well aware that things are made just that little bit harder. So I wimped out and ran M21S. Had I ran M21L I would have had my most difficult first control (2km from the start) and instead had one of the easiest (a platform on a ride)!

The course started within Furnace Woods, and in particular the forest around controls 2 and 3 reminded me of the contouring exercise at Blackdown. It then moved on into Woolbeding Common, an area of open heathland. However, we were forced to take a path route through a fair chunk of the common to avoid disturbing Dartford Warblers. The bits of Woolbeding we were allowed in had pockets of contour detail, which caught me out a couple of times. My course then headed back into Furnace Wood although the longer courses also used Great Commons, to the south. One feature I did notice of my course was the number of very short legs - there were 5 of them less than 150m.

I had a reasonable run although there were a few dodgy route choices, particularly to 2. Trying too hard to avoid the crap off the paths I took a perhaps unnecessarily long route choice ended up using #3 as an attack point, but that didn't work very well. Other than that most of the rest of my mistakes were fairly minor. I finished joint 16th out of 39 finishers, with someone else only 2 seconds behind me.

Overall, I was reasonably pleased with how I got on. The weather was fairly nice, too.

Thursday Mar 30, 2006 #

Running 32:50 [3] 7.9 km (4:09 / km) +50m 4:02 / km

Road run up to Cumnor. No point trying to run on mudbath-like paths in this rain. Not sure how I managed to run it about 10 minutes quicker than I did last time - perhaps I recorded that time wrongly? I thought I ran about as fast this time as last time.

It was chucking it down as I left and rained for most of the run, particularly as I ran through Cumnor, but this didn't put me off. As Mr Circuits Instructor says, if it ain't raining it ain't training!

Wednesday Mar 29, 2006 #

Running 12:00 [2] 2.0 km (6:00 / km) +70m 5:06 / km

Easy run up to the Cumnor Hurst trigpoint...

Running 8:50 [3] 2.0 km (4:25 / km) +20m 4:12 / km

...and a harder run back home. Time back was shorter for three reasons: (a) I was trying to run harder (b) it's downhill most of the way, (c) I had a headwind on the way up and a tailwind on the way down.

I've been a bit lazy recently, opting not to go running on Wednesdays after circuits. However, I didn't feel too bad after this run. Also, now that the clocks have gone forward, it's nice to go for a run later in the day. Also, I usually rest the day before an event, so to save myself for BOC this Saturday I may not run the day before.

Tuesday Mar 28, 2006 #

Circuits intervals 1:00:00 [4]

50s on 10s off for one complete circuit plus 3 stations. Jon M turned was there as well. Had planned to start on #18 (Neider Press) but a group of three people beat us to that so we started on #24 (The Plank) instead.

Wasn't working as hard as perhaps I should have been, though with not having done any exercise for a few days I felt. Was definitely feeling breathless at a few places.

One word of advice: Mr Instructor has hinted that there may be circuits with no equipment on Tuesday 18th April, the day after Easter Monday.

Sunday Mar 26, 2006 #

(rest day)

Trip back home for a surprise visit to my mum for Mother's Day. Didn't want to mention it here on the off chance she reads Attackpoint.... Got a lift back home thanks to my brother and his soft-top BMW - he's such a show-off!

Had thought about going for a walk on the nearby hills - the view from Little Hangman is my computer's wallpaper - but the weather was rubbish, which put pay to that idea.

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