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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending Sep 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Offroad2 7:55:00 31.25(15:12) 50.3(9:27) 1669
  Running - Road/Track3 1:35:56 12.46(7:42) 20.06(4:47) 167
  Total5 9:30:56 43.72(13:04) 70.36(8:07) 1836

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Sunday Sep 25 #

Running - Offroad race (RAB MM Day 2) 3:40:00 [5] 23.9 km (9:12 / km) +702m 8:02 / km

Bit dull at the overnight camp not having a team mate and not really knowing anyone; the weather was okay, but not like Mourne or Saunders where it was a bit more social as it was a bit sunnier! But then happened upon John Abbott so we had a bit of a chat. I didn't recognise him at first as his appearance was particularly incongruous. Good choice 1-2 taking the long path leg, the terrain was extremely rough so despite running an extra 2km it was still the right choice. Unfortunately I then couldn't find the control at the end of it; was on the right stream but hit it very very slightly (like, a couple of metres) too high up, and then went upstream. Some other guys who I was with then commented that their altimeter said they were too high. I was a bit dubious - but they were correct. I have now purchased an altimeter. Pretty happy with the rest. Correctly guessed 3-4 that there would be a bit of a path along the broad ridge between the summits and managed to pick that up. Some unmapped sheepfolds caused some confusion on 4. Then 4-5 had to stop and remove coat, during this process dropped compass and had to backtrack and find it again, this must have cost at least 5 mins in total but I still won the leg. Looking at the GPS tracking, looks like the top guys were on the wrong stream and lost some time. Set off from 6 bit fast and lost too much height, but otherwise good. Glad to finish and maintain 2nd place; another 15 mins down to make 30 mins down in total, but way ahead of 3rd and even further ahead of the next individual. £50 prize, bringing the total prize fund up to £275: (50+50+0+125+50) Makes the Saunders look a bit stingy... 5 MMs, 5 podiums! (1st, 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd) - pretty good. Moving up course standards as well. C class at the OMM this year, then if that goes well I will do A classes on the others next year culminating with B at the OMM. I think that might be my limit.

Saturday Sep 24 #

Running - Offroad race (RAB MM Day 1) 4:15:00 [5] 26.4 km (9:40 / km) +967m 8:10 / km
shoes: X-Talon 212 (Sep16)

Slightly nervous; first time doing a 2-day MM on my own. Bag 7kg rather than the usual 6kg due to not being able to share the tent+stove+food weight. It was a good tactic to not spend any time planning at the start and to just find number 1 and head off immediately. I drew on the rest of course while walking up hills later on. Bit of an error 2-3 where came met the uncrossable fence and didn't know whether to turn left or right - I'd expected to be able to see the crossing point and so hadn't been paying enough attention. Worked out the right way, though - turned out some of the crossing points were (slightly) taped and some weren't, which made it a bit confusing. Bearing slightly off to the lake at 4 but obviously a lot of courses had this leg, so other people helped me a bit. Happy with all the rest of my choices really. Went into a few surprise-bogs up to my waist which was a bit unnerving with no-one to pull me out. 2nd place behind some orienteers; 15 mins down; first individual though. Not bad for the B course. Could probably have managed the A - maybe next year?

Friday Sep 23 #

Running - Road/Track (Gentle run) 28:47 [3] 6.72 km (4:17 / km) +51m 4:08 / km

Steady with one effort on a segment which I won; hurray! There were two others which were subsegments which I was third on which I can probably get in the future...

Feeling pretty good.

Thursday Sep 22 #

(rest day)

Traveling to Notts.

Wednesday Sep 21 #

Running - Road/Track intervals (Virgin loop) 36:44 [5] 6.74 km (5:27 / km) +46m 5:16 / km
shoes: Nike Pegasus 32

4x1k(ish) virgin loop; 2min recoveries. 6m elevation.

1ks(pace): 3:53,47,48,43

Felt dreadful; each loop i was amazed it was a similar time to the previous one. Should probably have done more but didn't want to push it before another tough weekend...

Tuesday Sep 20 #

Running - Road/Track (Recovery run) 30:25 [3] 6.6 km (4:37 / km) +70m 4:23 / km
shoes: Nike Pegasus 32

Everything seems okay...

Monday Sep 19 #

(rest day)

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