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Training Log Archive: TheInvisibleLog

In the 7 days ending Jun 9:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Real Orienteering2 3:00:04 9.39(19:11) 15.11(11:55) 24817 /24c70%
  Resistance training1 35:00
  Walking1 30:00 1.43(20:59) 2.3(13:03) 150
  Total3 4:05:04 10.82 17.41 39817 /24c70%

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Sunday Jun 9 #

Real Orienteering race 1:46:16 [3] ***** 7.93 km (13:24 / km) +171m 12:06 / km
ahr:108 max:107 spiked:7/11c shoes: Saloman Pulsar red

Certain maps are Destination Maps. One makes sure one takes the chance to compete when you can on these maps. Past contenders on my list have been:
Pittwater Dunes - made multiple trips to sometimes local events. Now transformed into a golf course. If you haven't been there, bad luck.
Cascades Granite: Again multiple trips with long drives. Private land now not available to orienteering.
Cantara Dunes: Three trips in three years - now too thick to be runnable.
Rowdy Flat - thankfully close to home.
Parrawanna in the Flinders Ranges - still available, and more to come nearby apparently.
Snow Hill - I have to get to this one.

To this list one can add Broccoli Flat, near Coffin Bay. Muted limestone terrain with vague depressions, small rock and complex vegetation. Perhaps the only map I would list as more challenging is West Bay in the South Island of NZ.

After a bad first control on the previous days dunes, I made sure to get the first control. A small wobble in the circle due to low visibility, but otherwise pretty confident, so put a bit of speed into the second and longest leg- and lost contact. I had an idea where I was, but didn't trust myself so back tracked. Returned to where i had been, but still stuffed up closer to the control. At this point I realised that the rough ground meant I could run or navigate but not both. If you ran, you had to watch your feet and not the map. So slowed down and managed to find, if not always spike the rest of the controls. Some wobbles in the low vis around some controls and a thumbing error getting tired near the end.
This one evened up with Julie. She ran confidently into my second control having spiked everything before. Disappointed to hear that it fell apart after that.
Broccoli Hill is 11 kilometres down a private road on private land, so its only available when the club holds an event there. Its two sensible days drive from Bendigo, so good to combine with an Eyre Peninsula Holiday - Coffin Bay NP, Lincoln NP, Oyster Farms, Shark tours, Heysen Trail to the north etc. Go there.

The deceptively high vis terrain near the start.

Standard local event gear for Port Lincoln - Piddling Pete they call it.

More standard gear. Organising events on provate land makes thsi easier.

And a special cake stall effort for the SA Champs

Saturday Jun 8 #

Real Orienteering race 1:13:48 [4] *** 7.18 km (10:17 / km) +77m 9:45 / km
ahr:121 max:146 spiked:10/13c shoes: Saloman Pulsar red

Was told this would be park-street and golf course. In rock climbing this would be called a sandbag. The golf fairways were simple. Step off the fairway and you are into low vis complex dune terrain. The map warned - contours are indicative only. I lost 12 minutes on the first control. I would like to blame the simplified mapping of the fairway depression and the dunes in the rough. Went in three times from my attack point before finding it. But Julie spiked it first time. Made another major error later on misreading tennis courts and parking lots. A comprehensive win for Julie. I was wondering if dementia was stealing navigation away from me.

Walking 30:00 [2] 2.3 km (13:03 / km) +150m 9:50 / km
shoes: Saloman Pulsar red

Lincoln NP. Up a hill

Monday Jun 3 #

Resistance training 35:00 [4]

Running not advised today - knee still sore from yesterday's fall. Managed some strength training. I know I should do this twice a week, every week. I don't. Its so boring.

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