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Training Log Archive: brycec

In the 31 days ending Oct 31, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Rogaining1 11:45:31 31.4(22:28) 50.54(13:58) 891
  Mountain Biking 4 6:45:04 44.46(6.6/h) 71.55(10.6/h) 123416c
  Walking2 2:43:17 7.24(22:33) 11.65(14:01) 273
  Orienteering1 1:13:43 5.62(13:07) 9.04(8:09) 8717 /17c100%
  Total8 22:27:35 88.72(15:11) 142.78(9:26) 248517 /33c51%

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Sunday Oct 27, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering long 1:13:43 [4] 9.04 km (8:09 / km) +87m 7:47 / km
ahr:165 max:185 spiked:17/17c shoes: Salomons XR Mission

Took Pollys bf James around the course today as his a first timer and wanted to learn how it works.

1) Setoff to #1 I started overshooting it still in rogaine scale mode - I knew we were close but not as close as we were and James pointed out its just there . oh dear great start. haha

2) Came east out of 1 crossed the fence and followed train track until the junction then went to fence. accross the feild until the slight bend, track around toward the corner a bit the went off towards two, hit the path and then followed it to the fence and boom point to the left.

3) saw it on way to 2 easy as.

4) Pretty much followed the course line directly (I think - JG will prove otherwise) until the track, then took that down to point 15 and turned up the hill there.

5) Straight down over the oval along train track took a left and the junction and bang on.

6) Back to the road and followed the road along then the fence threw me for a moment at the end of the loop kept going though and saw the bush clearly and got it flush.

7) Gave James the option, go crazy and go straight at it or use the track, he wanted some fun so we went for the swamp. Simmo had said it likely dried out. I can confirm it hasn't and was tricky to negotiate - and there was a lot of spiders out there. After drenching my shoes in the foulest mud I have encountered this year I managed to get out and straight away twist the ankle i did about 6 weeks again. pushed on but very sore now.

argh ap deleted my other 10 point sof comments blah how annoying cbf rewriting it.

Saturday Oct 26, 2013 #

1 PM

Mountain Biking (King Park) 1:34:42 [2] 14.37 km (9.1 kph) +241m
ahr:134 max:164 shoes: Giro Privateer

Gently around different tracks/trails in kings park - was nice out there today, gave some people some directions who were lost half way along may drive looking for a cafe LOL.

Emma met me at end for a picnic which was nice.

Few sore spot still... wow bike was running smoothly post clean felt bad taking it down the sand trails because it would get sand in the chain again oh well its a mtb its bound to get dirty again soon!

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013 #

5 PM

Walking 1:34:12 [2] 6.08 km (15:30 / km) +170m 13:36 / km
ahr:116 max:198 shoes: Salomons XR Mission

Beautiful night for a walk home through kings park - threw in 1 kakadoa just because.

Right foot pretty sore post rogaine everything else seems like the cobwebs are being blowout - left hip has resurfaced as a bit of an issue.

I dropped my hrm chip thingo from toilet height to ground when getting changed it slipped off the closed lid and now the hrm doesn't seem to be responding as well - the first while of the walk was being very weird - may have been bad connection/not enough moisture as it improved later but generally was quite weird. Hope I haven't damaged it that would be annoying.

Other than that nothing to report apart from how nice it was out there tonight!

Saturday Oct 19, 2013 #

10 AM

Rogaining race (Spring 12 Hr) 11:45:31 [5] 50.54 km (13:58 / km) +891m 12:50 / km
shoes: Salomons XR Mission

12 hr Spring with Polly. (her 1st rogaine ever)

In planning she made the comment of why dont be clear the map - and once I showed a very rough distance realism prevailed.

We planned to attack the hard ground in the SE earlier in the race whilst we were fresh and it was light leaving nave by road in the top half for night time. plotted 61km which was a stretch but achievable.

Out to 84 we got sucked a little left following people but correctly quickly and got to the point same time as most the masses.

We went back to 35 whilst the masses went toward 107. 35 was easy enough but we realised already down on time schedule. Jogged sections to 65.

65 was a nice find after some initial debate on its exact position. Tacking still slightly behind we jogged onward (downhills and flats) to 106.

Just before 106 we were 5 mins behind schedule - fine in my book but polly discovered she had dropped the punch card and ran back to find it - Probably an unrealistic goal as we didn't know where we dropped it. after 10 mins faffing we got done to 106 and resumed. 15 minutes behind and also abit blue on losing 170 points.

Had to talk Polly back into the game because she was a bit crushed from losing it - but at least early in the piece.

Made good time to 85. Then things went silly. went straight at 64 rather than going back to a track or east to track. The leg should have taken maybe 10 minutes took like 30-45.. We hit the point flush but the route was horrible and was probably the lowest point for us in the day. it was humid and hard going and the bush was horrible. Being a full hr behind schedule now we dropped 96 and went straight for 97.

Made good time down to the area of 97 but cut in early lost 10-15 on first search went back to track and realised issue went along and reentered at the right point. As we discussed our approach to the point a father and son came from our right and ass they passed said it is up there up and over. We turned and went the direction - contrary to our thoughts. I slipped here and broke my compass :(. Got to the top of the hill and found other teams hunting... felt very similar to where we had hunted before - after another 10 mins Polly convinced me we where right before and the father/son sold us a bum steer... seems they did those rotten bastards!

Found the point on the opposite hill very close to where we planned to attack. however had lost a good 25-30 mins dicking around. Pressure was on now and we did a good run down to 109 - nearly killed me but Polly just powered through.

86 went via bush might have been a bit slower than using the track in hindsight but we hit it well. then 75 beautifully navigated by both of us - abit slow but hit it nicely. We started to regain some comfort and confidence after the terrible start. up to 108 was perfect - was painful getting up there 1 from steepness and 2 the bushes around it!

Across to 95 - had to dig around a bit up the river to find it but did within a reasonable time frame. We had now dropped to about 2 hrs behind - I knew the bottom section was going to lose us about 45-1hr because of the terrain and hopped we could have gone hard along the roads later to catch up - but 2 hours down was a bit much! we still thought we could do alright though.

62 very much straight forward as was 104. We then went up to 87 missed a little to left but used ground well and found pretty quickly. Back to road and now it was catchup time.

I knew I was always going to be the weak link here but which I could jog without killing myself I did. Usually in short stints - sure it was frustrating for Polly but not much I could do about it. 38 and 25 nice and easy and quickly.

Jogged up to 105.might have gone in a bit early - the undergrowth was HORRIBLE! it was slow and painful and we missed the point to the right - Polly suggested it was left which I didn't feel was correct but went over and found edge of swap and as soon as we did could see the point.

Along road and grabbed 24 met a few guys on the way going another direction and had a quick chat. We decided to drop 94 - as getting up there was going to take too long and we both needed water. Proceeded directly to 73. By this stage we had completely stopped focusing on our intended course and started mentally chopping the top to bits to ensure we got home in time.

At 73 the night gear got put on and by the time we hit 40 it was pretty much needed. On 40 we again went in slightly early and way too far - silly mistake. We went back to road and thought lets drop it after wasting a good 10-15 only to see the point 10 m further up the road 10 m from the edge... annoying. made out way around to 61 which was easy.

Dropped 103/time not our friend. Grabbed 52 and this is where the big drops began. We had planned:
52 > 92 > 81 > 100 > 22 > 91 > 82 >102 > 51 > 71 > 80 > 50 > 101 > 70 > 90 > 78 > 99 > 43 > 77 > HH - now looking at that course there was lots of cuts we had pre thought of in planning 92 > 82, 101 > 90, 78 > 28 > HH we had lots of options if we hadn't been as far behind as we were.

We dropped the entire top half. 52 >53 along the road at a good pace and found the point after a little confusion in the circle. 53 > 23 same as before a bit of faf in the circle but got it. 23 > 51 - thought about trying for 10 2but I said too hard potentially not enough time - not worth the risk or pain. 51 we again faffed on the point but got it soon enough.

Time was tight - had we needed to walk from here it would have been tight to make it. We had jogged/shuffled (very intermittently most of the roads). But we needed to go faster - so we set off at a pace along the northern oob boundary. Grabbed 30 and kept going. We found a team in front of us who we had been chasing the tail of for a while at the corner of oob area. They where going into 83 and we where considering it too. They had wanted to go from the corner and I said our plan is to go down to broad watercourse and head in from there - should be easier to get in and out.

They followed along. Polly had sinking feeling this was a bad idea and she was by now in a lot of pain as her hip was giving her some serious grief. However we found 83 flushly and motored off back to the fence. We wanted to get in and get in quick. Also Polly found it more comfortable jogging. We had to share turns of who got the pain because jogging was pretty much killing me at this point. Had been close to sick since 52 when I had managed to get a vanilla slice off the patrol car :P

Down to 66 was nice and easy and pretty quick and home to the HH was the same - happy to be home and out of that bloody rain.

Someone had found our punch card WOOHOO! still dont get the points for it RIPPED OFF!!!

Had some dinner and opted to drive home pre presentations and get dry and warm.


Nailed some nav and Polly did fantastically for her first time.
Getting in on time when we had been so far behind schedule - was a good turn around.
Almost doing same distance as when Paul flogged me - without Paul being there!!!

Low Lights:
- Punch card
- Horrible SE Start
- Legs feeling like death
- Persistent Rain
- Having opted to not bring water proof and consequently freezing my tits off most of the evening
- Taking the vanilla slice and then having to run which was nauseating for the next x hours. (Polly inhaled hers I honestly don't think I have seen anyone eat one so fast!)

Post Mortem
even though there is more lows than highs - I enjoyed it alot more than I didnt as you would with any rogaine you remember the worst bits far more. Course was good and well set I think, difficult but fair. We got unlucky with some of the things that happened but so be it. Havent seen score board yet expecting midfield but hard to tell - others might have had same outcomes as us! Feeling sore today - but alright considering.

Total score 1690 unofficially 1860

- I could write more but I know Ricky doesnt have time for the rest of it.

Friday Oct 18, 2013 #

9 AM


Hip still sore :( - still mending just not at the same pace - could make tomorrows rogaine... interesting.

Feeling very lethargic after doing nothing for almost 2 weeks.

Sunday Oct 13, 2013 #

10 PM


Opted to miss foot o today and let the hip heal up some more.

Still soreish definitely past the worst though. More feels tight and bruised.

Lazy weekend otherwise. Bring forth the rogaine next weekend yay.

Wednesday Oct 9, 2013 #

10 AM


Let the bruising begin..

Yellow and black from groin up to hip
Black and blue mid to upper outside thigh upwards
Black and yellow middle side of glute

Bruising still very much developing - going to be epic in a few days.

Hip still swollen, as is glute and some of groin.

Quite tender by end of day at work and struggling with sleep - rolling over = awake. Mobility pain level is improving as is my walking speed and fluidity. Might have to stay out of action this weekend to be fully recovered before the 12hr rogaine.

Left arm graze - still weeping through bandages but less annoying than the hip.

Oh and feel like I have a dead arm (and do have a small bruise) from the tetanus shot

Monday Oct 7, 2013 #

6 PM


Went to doctor for tetanus jab on the advice of Polly after eating dirt on the weekend - fun times.

Hip/lower back is still very swollen and quite sore - the first of the bruising has started to come out on the groin side of the injury - its going to be a decent bruise when it all comes out I think.

Sunday Oct 6, 2013 #

7 AM


Slept alright given but still feeling very sore and walking funny - will take pain killers and go out to event. Will test out bike before rego - if I'm comfortable enough to actual pedalling I'll consider it something tells me my deck chair might get some use.
9 AM

Mountain Biking race (MTBO) 2:28:28 [4] 31.44 km (12.7 kph) +540m
ahr:151 max:177 16c (injured) shoes: Giro Privateer

On arrival to the venue I had to sort out a slow leak from my crash yesterday - after removing the tyre and attempting to find the leak - with no success I just put it back on and pumped in up more - hopeful it would last!

I jumped on to test out my hip and felt surprisingly good - neurofen/panadol double helping out for sure. Still felt sore but generally pretty good (in comparison to how I had been feeling - still certainly not great).

Of course went and opted for Long. Gave Polly and Jordan a bit of a brief on the map at the start Jordans first time doing any for of orienteering and Pollys first MTBO like myself.

On the start punch gps didn't start straight away (don't worry juff have manually adjusted) Then got set to go - plenty of messing around on the line. I almost fell off about 3 times before I got to the triangle too - not the most inspiring start.

#1 No problems here and everyone in tow.

#2 Jordan past me pretty early so want expecting to see him again for the day. and Polly caught me just on the point - however she turned left not realizing the point was there. I called out but she didnt hear me.

#3 On the way saw Polly coming back and she was looking sheepish. I went to the main road and went down towards 3 - stupidly I took an early right thinking I will go on the road parallel and ended up at the vineyard. After a short while I realised what I did and was most unhappy got back through on an overgrown path and got the point - most would be well past me by now

#4 back up the main road - looked for the track about 75m past the exit from #2 didn't see it decided to go up from #2 exit to der dead end. - dismounted and bike over shoulder for 50m tops. cursing not taking the track I wanted to which I got too. More people flew past as I grabbed the point.

#5 uneventful - easy enough.

#6 Cars coming up the track almost took me out they had words because I was on the track - I felt like having words back but ignored them. A wild Polly arrives - was like WTF she must have got lost - turns out she was already going for 8... Found 6 after someone confirmed my thinking on directions.

#7 After some indecision came out on the west side of 6 and started heading north. a wild Juffy appears. Blood dripping down his mud covered right leg we great and have a quick chat was good to see someone else likes the ground as much as me. He needed my multi for his mapboard so was more than happy to assist. He looked to be moving ok given his knee complaints but I am sure he was in the same boat as me that pain was there. As I arrived at 7 I found Jordan exiting - turns out he got massively lost and Polly had redirected him near #8. I got 7 shortly after and it was game on again.

#8 flew down the road and grabbed 8 flush.

#9 on exiting 8 Jordan reappeared going to 8 - WTF not sure how that just happened but he looked frustrated (welcome to O). Quickly made choices for 9 and maybe ended up going further than I should have opting the southern entry.

#10 Spotted Andre M inbound on my way out of 9 - opted to go along vineyard - originally not my prefered choice but I talked myself into it looking at the additional distance - that said I think I could have moved faster the other way. Passed Tash at the start of the vineyard - she was having quick breather so I went onwards. Andre M caught on the last obstacle and shortly after past me and made 10 an easy find.

#11 Was a nice easy leg - watched Andre M speed away from me! Had some problems getting up the hill at 11 due to lack of speed/wrong gear.

#12 on exiting 11 found jordan at the bottom of it - pointed him up to the point as he was about to go past it. Headed toward 12. Passed Andre going towards 13 just before I got to 12 turn off. Jordan caught em on the climb and from this point I think he decided to slow his pace and stick with me..

#13 Jordan and I flew down the road and found 13 easy.

#14 the same what a bitch of a climb though!

#15 we attempted the dotted yellow and aborted shortly into it. We went back to fire trail and I then almost flew past the middle trail seeing someone elses point - went down and grabbed the point.

#16 Used overgrown to get out of 15 then missed first path turn off to 16 - got the second track and that was easy enough all the way around to 16.

F - nice and easy down to the finish.

Polly and Jordan loved it - and Polly beat us in by about 20 minutes. I too enjoyed it but my left hip and lower back digive me grief and has since seized up abit. < back on the ice and pain killers.

Back wheel survived and after riding over all that debris I have a lot more faith in the tyres!

Gave the bikes (mtb and road) a clean this afternoon first time ever for roadie - took abit of effort but came out looking pretty good. Went to then install the bottle cage on the mtb and would u believe all 4 screws too tight for my allen keys (tired 3 all of the same size, i.e. multi tool, normal allen and a screwdriver head) all that ended up happening was strippign the inside (mad). then tried pliers and started stripping the outside on the first one - gave up upset. happy to take suggestions here!

All in all a good day had fun shame its the last for the season!

Saturday Oct 5, 2013 #

9 AM

Mountain Biking 1:16:07 [3] 9.93 km (7.8 kph) +207m
ahr:148 max:174 (injured) shoes: Giro Privateer

Bouncing around for first 6 or so km was fun then a major crash. On jump either leaned slightly forward in the air or hit break on landing or both.

Came off very hard lots of grazing on my left elbow/arm but my left hip/lower back took a beating. In fact pain was that bad it had me spinning and almost vomiting. Tried getting back on bike but was very bad pain trying to pedal.

Met the others at bottom of trail and after a short break made the call to eject back to main road and car. Got the assist up the fire trail.

Now in a lot of pain - icing and flat on my back - recovery for tomorrow ... Unlikely but well see. :(

Lesson learnt technique is everything.

Thursday Oct 3, 2013 #

5 PM

Walking 1:09:05 [2] 5.57 km (12:24 / km) +103m 11:21 / km
ahr:102 max:129

Lovely walk home from work via kings park.

Right hip and shoulder a bit sore from falls last night... I've noticed I only seem to fall on my righthand side... Also my ankle/foot a bit sore from the walk home amazingly... Still sore from getting rolled weeks and weeks ago :(

Wednesday Oct 2, 2013 #

8 PM

Mountain Biking (Langford Park) 1:25:47 [3] 15.81 km (11.1 kph) +246m
ahr:143 max:173 shoes: Giro Privateer

Another night ride this time out at Langford Park.

Wow its like a maze out there - there is routes everywhere. Found it challenging as there is scrub covering the trail lines of sight so never knew which way the trail way going to go - also the pea gravel felt very loose compared to what I was used too.

In the first 10 minutes came off my bike hard on an very steep unexpected climb which was only a few meters long. Changed gear down to mean I would have the power but stupidly got out of seat, back wheel just spun and I have hit the deck hard - landed on some large rocks on my left too before sliding back down the hill much to Jordans entertainment. Dusted myself off and had to realign my seat that had spun around but back on our way.

I still was in the front with Jordan directing from behind. We got to a T junction and I had slowed near a halt when he called right... I started to go but slow speed and pea gravel meant death and down I went no de-cleat this time and I went hard into the ground. 2 stacks in 12 minutes - it wasn't looking good. We waiting for a minute so I could get my shit together. Was feeling a bit sore now because the second fall was more brutal.

Luckily from here onward I didn't have any major incidents a few de-cleats and a few close calls but generally pretty clean.

Enjoyed the down hill which has the low tree clearance... wow its a low clearance I think I smacked my chin on my handlebars lol. I could imagine with a bit more grip and daylight that downhill run would be a lot of fun.

Finished up nicely - I need to check my tyres they are feeling very splashy maybe a tad too much so - not wanting a pinch flat. Need to learn to keep my ass in the saddle when I need more power. I used to be good at this on the road bike dont know why I am not on the mtb.

Oh and yes I am feeling sore this morning (Thursday) behind right scapular mainly from the fall on the rocks. scraps and cuts on a few places proving to be an annoyance - didnt get a great sleep because of them.

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