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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending Jan 28:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Offroad4 4:07:44 24.98(9:55) 40.2(6:10) 1276
  Orienteering - Forest1 1:25:43 6.68(12:50) 10.75(7:58) 464
  Orienteering - Urban1 1:13:35 9.14(8:03) 14.71(5:00) 120
  Running - Road/Track1 25:54 3.04(8:31) 4.89(5:18) 74
  Total7 7:12:56 43.84(9:53) 70.55(6:08) 1934

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Sunday Jan 28 #

Orienteering - Forest race (Eyam + Bretton) 1:25:43 [5] 10.75 km (7:58 / km) +464m 6:33 / km
ahr:133 max:158 shoes: X-talon 212 (blk/flro) - Nov17

9th/17 on the black;

Made two mistakes, but looks like that only dropped me from 8th to 9th. Just can't run as fast as the big boys.
First mistake was on #10 where I had a lovely line in the control (see RG) but then saw some people over to my right and assumed I'd dropped too low. Actually was in perfectly the right place! So annoying because I'd come all the way through the complicated bit of Bretton specifically doing my own thing and nailing all the controls. Must be more confident.

Caught by Quentin on #15 and we ran 16 together, similar pace along the trod but he was much better through the rough stuff and seemed to be really good at picking lines through it. On that basis I followed him to 17 which he then proceeded to mess up (dammit! the one time!) by going far too far; I noticed before him and doubled back, luckily led in by people who's bearing was better. Tbh not sure what I should've done on this control, the only AP is a vague ditch which I was looking for and also missed. I should have looked for the en-route knoll I guess, but was too busy trying to stay with Quentin. Who caught me again between 18 and 19.

Had a while to plan the last long leg and planned to go through the gaps in the walls in the fields to the south, but en-route looked at it again and decided that this wasn't possible (although it clearly is, but while was a bit annoying that some of the crossing points have the crossing point symbol whilst some are just gaps) and went the more circuitous route.

Not a bad run overall; I would've expected to be behind the top 7 anyway. No problems with the distance, still feeling ok at the end.

Saturday Jan 27 #

Running - Offroad race (Hoofstones BM) 1:15:35 [5] 13.02 km (5:48 / km) +418m 5:00 / km
ahr:158 max:179 shoes: X-Talon 225 (July 2017)


Drizzly but not chilly at the bottom, felt a bit overdressed wearing a coat, but was glad of it later on in the clag and wind at the top.
Took the track on the first route choice section as the organiser said going straight across the moor was slower, would be interesting to compare, but no-one went that way I don't think.

In 5th place at checkpoint 2 but in touch with 2-3-4.the first guy had disappeared.
Very, very muddy ascent, not very steep, just muddy and turns out I'm relatively bad at those conditions and dropped to 6th at the hoofstones trig as well as losing sight of the other three.
But then it was the only leg whereby navigation was necessary,a mile straight line on a bearing into the fog, no other runners in sight.could vaguely see 5th disappearing off to my right but ignored him and stayed on my bearing.every so often saw hazy shapes in the distance but was never sure if was just imagining it.starting to get cold and was glad it was a short race and I was running ok.
Came out in exactly the right place (#orienteer), only a minute or so down on 3 and 4 who'd run the leg together.
As the vis increased I could see them ahead on the mandatory route down the hill but gap was far too big to catch them, and there was no-one behind me, so didn't push too hard.
Turned out when we finished we were 2-3-4, it looks like who we all thought was 2 got lost on the moor somewhere? Not sure what happened but would be interested to see his gps!
Winner was about 70mins I think, not seen results yet.surprised the gap wasn't much bigger than that tbh.
It looks like a viable (if uninteresting) route to come straight off the trig down to the road, along, and then up again.apparently some did this - possibly faster but would make it less of a fell race...

Friday Jan 26 #

Running - Road/Track (Easy 5k) 25:54 [2] 4.89 km (5:18 / km) +74m 4:55 / km
ahr:139 max:150 shoes: Hoka Cavu

Thursday Jan 25 #

Running - Offroad (Lunch run) 49:21 [3] 8.95 km (5:31 / km) +246m 4:51 / km
ahr:137 max:155 shoes: X-Talon 212 (May 17)

Couple of efforts up the hills, still pretty muddy. Good views from the top today, though.
The best thing about running at lunch is that I don't have to go out in the evening when it's all dark and scary.

Wednesday Jan 24 #

Running - Offroad (MH Fell Training) 1:14:27 [3] 9.36 km (7:57 / km) +439m 6:27 / km
ahr:147 max:183 shoes: X-Talon 225 (July 2017)

Excellent evening run in my new playground (offer accepted on a house in Bollington, right on the edge of the peaks). Plenty of hills to run up right on the doorstep!

Tuesday Jan 23 #

Orienteering - Urban race (Northwich) 1:13:35 [5] 14.71 km (5:00 / km) +120m 4:48 / km
ahr:136 max:159 shoes: Hoka Cavu

Finally a victory on one of these events!

Despite some very dodgy clues ('number of small wheels', wtf) and one where the question was wrong, which happened to be the first two I visited, this went pretty well.
Took a far more aggressive strategy with missing anything worth 30 or below if it was even marginally off-route, and this seemed to work well.
Got lost in an unmapped college after losing concentration once, that will teach me to not switch off so much in future.
Back with about 4 mins to go and thought it would be marginal to squeeze in an extra one, glad I did as still had 90s left, could've got another. Definitely worth leaving a few near the start/finish for such eventualities.
Shame that one wasn't in the MDOC league really! Nice to be running in t-shirt and shirts again in the balmy 10°C.

Monday Jan 22 #

Running - Offroad (Lunch run) 48:21 [3] 8.87 km (5:27 / km) +173m 4:58 / km
ahr:147 max:170 shoes: X-Talon 212 (May 17)

Muddy to the extent that one path under a bridge was knee deep in water.
Had a go at three segments; a first and a second by 2s. Could definitely get another 2s in the dry.
Miles behind on the one down the steps - but that's pretty treacherous at the moment.
No after effects from the weekend which is good.

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