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Training Log Archive: jennyr

In the 10 days ending Jul 17, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering6 3:31:28 17.33(12:12) 27.89(7:35) 391351.4
  Running4 59:30 5.65(10:32) 9.09(6:33) 3929.8
  Total6 4:30:58 22.98(11:48) 36.98(7:20) 429381.1

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Monday Jul 17, 2017 #

(rest day)

Sunday Jul 16, 2017 #

(rest day)

So last junior international is done. I haven't properly looked at results or analysed anything yet but after the past season results were far better than I could have hoped for.
After pretty much the perfect winter I was by far the fittest I've ever been so to get ill just before the selection races and to have to miss out on all the relays + British champs and when I did compete to not be able to perform anywhere near I knew I could was very tough. At many points it would have been very easy to get into a negative mindset before races and I expect I would have before this year but somehow all year I managed to get results close to the best I could on the day.
Since the JK I have been gradually improving but it's been very slow and I thought it would be a lot quicker. Didn't feel able to do any hard running until after the Lake district field trip 6 weeks later where I didn't do anything intense and until then sleep was permanently very bad. Since then sleep has been bad after intervals but as each week goes on it gradually gets better.
Although I was aware I was struggling after intervals I was lying to myself as to quite how much and didn't realise quite how much I was relying on going back to sleep after breakfast and afternoon naps which is a lot harder to do when you're part of a group.
For whatever reason asthma and sleep seemed particularly bad during JWOC. Possibly a combination of doing intervals the day before travel and the added stress but it's just a guess.
Was really tired at the start of the week but having a complete rest day before the middle qualifier helped. Still felt like I was struggling on all the paths and took a while before I stopped wheezing at the finish.
Didn't feel so bad during the final but there was much less path running and I was struggling after the run through which I think is partly why I was so bad on the last few controls. At the finish it took longer to control breathing and when I did I felt pretty dizzy and despite using my inhaler was struggling to breath 5 minutes later. Still not as bad as any of the other times this year but not ideal.
Slept very little that night and knew that my lungs were getting worse every day so pulled out of the sprint in the morning and spent the day trying to catch up on sleep in bed. Thankfully the next day was also a rest day and the night before the long was my only good night sleep of the week!
After the middle final had decided that I would take my inhaler with me on the course and was very glad. Despite feeling worse than the other days at the finish line, using my inhaler within seconds meant that I was feeling normal soon after!!
Relay was a very similar feeling to the long although ran out of energy after!

So considering how I was feeling physically I'm so proud to get the results I did in all of the races and excited to see what I can do in the future. In the past when I have felt like I'm not quick enough I haven't managed to get the psychology right. Technically I felt a lot stronger as well and although there were mistakes none were very big and I managed to relocate fairly quickly.

It was so much fun to be part of such a great team and huge congrats to everyone especially Sasha for awesome results!

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years and has made orienteering so fun!

Apologies for the essay.

Saturday Jul 15, 2017 #

2 PM

Running 12:49 [2] 1.98 km (6:29 / km) +1m 6:28 / km

Orienteering 36:00 [5] 5.0 km (7:12 / km) +77m 6:41 / km

JWOC relay. Went out in 12th, came back in 11th.
Fairly standard. Legs felt dead and had very little energy so really tried to focus on the navigation. Dropped below 5 just before the control and overshot it till the crags. Realised quickly but lost ~1 minute as was very hesitant. Rest was ok.
Again used inhaler at the finish (thanks to Bob for always being at the finish) and didn't have any issues but still completely ran out of energy after. Don't think I could have given anything more this week and every day felt more painful than the majority of xc races I've done.

Running 2:11 [2] 0.26 km (8:20 / km)

Ran out of energy

Friday Jul 14, 2017 #

1 PM

Running 6:11 [2] 1.1 km (5:39 / km) +4m 5:32 / km

Orienteering 1:07:42 [5] 8.6 km (7:52 / km) +113m 7:23 / km

JWOC long - 13th.
After the middle I was glad to have a good result in the bag but was really unsure of how I would cope with the long let alone get a result. Decided that if I took my inhaler with me I would be ok and again just really tried to focus on getting the navigation right and to push as hard as I possibly could when I could. I knew that if I did that there was a chance of a good result.
Ok to 1. 2 I was pretty much bang on line but didn't see the hill for whatever reason and overshot to the ride. Wasn't 100% sure it was the mapped ride so was really hesitant but ran 5m along and saw the control. (looks like I lost a minute). Fairly straight forward and clean to 10 although should have aimed to go to the right on 7 as didn't think about not being able to climb the crags. Had stomach cramps from fairly early on and used my inhaler just after the drinks point to 9. To 11 I saw the road route but decided that for me on this day it would be better to go straight. Veera caught up part way through as well which was nice to have some reassurance through the green although there were many points I couldn't see her. Although it didn't feel like she was running very quickly at all I was really struggling so got dropped pretty quickly and could only see her in the distance. Used inhaler at the finish and wasn't wheezing by the time I'd gone through download + had so much more energy in the evening than the other days.
Don't think I could realistically been much cleaner on the day so very happy with what I did. So whilst it's frustrating to be ~2 minutes of 6th and to think what it could have been if I has been my best physically it almost feels like an even greater achievement.

Running 9:03 [2] 1.39 km (6:31 / km) +2m 6:28 / km

Thursday Jul 13, 2017 #

11 AM

Orienteering 21:13 [2] 2.65 km (8:01 / km) +38m 7:29 / km

Long and relay model. Kept it very short but could tell I didn't warm down after the middle final

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017 #

(rest day)

Decided that 3 hours sleep was my bodies way of saying to not run going off the past so pulled out of the sprint.....

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 #

2 PM

Running 7:57 [2] 1.23 km (6:27 / km) +7m 6:16 / km

Orienteering 29:37 [5] 3.97 km (7:28 / km) +70m 6:51 / km

JWOC middle final, 24th + 6.22
This was another big mental battle. Suspected that most people had been taking it easy the day before and didn’t think I would be good enough physically. In the end managed to tell myself that this is what I’d been training for all year and I wasn’t going to make any excuses.
Pretty solid till 7 and I was in 15th. Couldn’t decide if I should run along the path or cut through the white but I wasn’t feeling great physically and decided I would be better off not going to the track. Got to the path end and wasn’t sure where the white was. After training in Finland I should have known to just trust the compass and run through the veg boundary (which I hadn’t noticed on the map). Instead I ended up running along the edge and going through the green + a big patch of open felled stuff which was slightly confusing from the map. Managed to keep pretty straight so didn’t lose as much time as I potentially could have but still lost roughly a minute. Going through spectator was really tough and by the time I had gotten to the top of the hill I was really struggling. Somehow going to the next control managed to get the joint fastest split with Simona, I’m guessing cause I didn’t let myself recover and as a consequence was in complete oxygen debt and as a result messed up the next 3 controls. Direction was bad on 14 and 15 but 16 was the same mistake with the extra path that a lot of people made and lost ~1.20.
By the time I’d gotten through download I was wheezing again but this time it took a bit longer to settle down. Felt a bit dizzy so didn’t feel able to do a warm down and by the time I’d gotten to my bag breathing had started to get worse again. I used my inhaler which probably helped as I started breathing normally quicker than normal.
I didn’t expect to finish 24th with what felt like a very average run so was very happy when people told me where I’d come.

Monday Jul 10, 2017 #

10 AM

Running 15:02 [2] 2.13 km (7:04 / km) +24m 6:42 / km

Orienteering 25:10 [5] 3.87 km (6:30 / km) +41m 6:11 / km

JWOC middle Qualifier, 5th + 1.42. Really wasn’t sure how fit I was going into this and wasn’t sure what the margin of error would be so was very uncertain about getting through to the A final. However by the start I managed to put those thoughts aside and focus on what I needed to do.
To no. 1 I got slightly pushed off by the veg when climbing the hill so wasn’t as straight as I wanted. However I knew that and it was fairly obvious from the contours where I needed to go so didn’t lose too much time and it was a nice boost seeing my 6 minute girl coming into the control from the opposite direction. Was a bit too hesitant in the circle on 2 and 3 but nothing major. By this point I already had stomach cramps and the path leg from 4 to 5 was really unpleasant as I tried to keep up with the Ukraine girl but almost got dropped and felt like I was running really slowly. Coming up the hill to 6 I saw the control on the boulder and worked out pretty quickly once there where I was. Direction wasn’t good to 7 and as I was coming down the hill saw a different control. Realised I was too close to the re-entrant quick enough but not ideal. After that it was pretty much pure running to the finish which felt really hard yet my legs didn’t really have to try. Tried really hard all the way to the finish because I felt like I had been running slow and although it didn’t feel like it was that tricky I had made some mistakes so didn’t want to risk it but ended up with ~2.5 minutes to spare. Wheezing at the finish, before this I had only wheezed once in intervals a couple of weeks ago so not entirely sure why I’ve only just started now.

Running 6:17 [2] 1.01 km (6:14 / km)

Saturday Jul 8, 2017 #

12 PM

Orienteering 31:46 [3] 3.81 km (8:20 / km) +52m 7:48 / km

Middle model

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