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Training Log Archive: Oranj

In the 7 days ending Nov 12, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:14:59 11.2(12:03) 18.03(7:29) 33231 /48c64%
  Total2 2:14:59 11.2(12:03) 18.03(7:29) 33231 /48c64%

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Sunday Nov 12, 2017 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (BKO Bucklebury Common) 1:22:25 [4] *** 11.57 km (7:07 / km) +182m 6:36 / km
ahr:152 max:162 spiked:21/29c (injured)

Brown, nominal 9.6km/200m

Maybe my best result on a brown course yet? A bit slow off the mark, the SN woman who started a minute behind overhauled me on the long run to #2 and then bounded off across the heather for #3, erk. More confident in my ankle today though and just bashed along. Had to keep reminding myself to keep moving forward, I didn’t need to be so tentative.

XC approach to #3 meant a loop near the circle in the veg boundary, when it would’ve been obvious from the path, d’oh. Misread description for #4 and looped twice to find it on top of the hill (not in a depression, fool). I think this is one of the few times since I started back orienteering that I’ve seen that control description; all the controls over the common here were marked thusly.

Wrong route for #6, had to back-track (mistook a marked fence for a small path); control was more like a little knoll than a ‘hill’! Then pretty good until #13, which I overran in the rough open. Marked in a re-entrant but there wasn’t one and instead it was under an isolated tree at the edge of the open?

Should’ve approached #14 from the L path, not the R, and ran a bit of a banana on the approach. For #16 lacked a decent plan and got stuck in brambles close to the circle. Bogged down in the valley for #22 and should’ve left it W rather than E (or maybe just trudged up and out following the valley). A bit late turning off the path for #27 but the feature was thankfully very obvious in open forest. Getting tired, so headed for the rides from #28 and got bogged down, when across the forest would’ve been much shorter/faster.

8th/25 at download. Result 21st/41, misplaced optimism!

Saturday Nov 11, 2017 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (SN Alice Holt) 52:34 [4] *** 6.46 km (8:08 / km) +150m 7:17 / km
ahr:151 max:166 spiked:10/19c (injured)

Short blue, nominal 4.8km/110m

Apocalyptic rain on the A34 but it was merely drizzly in Hampshire, thankfully. Planning a steady run today as I was on a brown course tomorrow and slightly doubtful of my fitness for a course of that length + wanting to protect my ankle.

A tentative start - no blank maps and this was an area I'd not seen a routegadget for, so my first view of the map was when I picked it up out of the box. Slightly overran the faint stream off the path for #4, but doubled back to find the ctrl OK in dk green forest. Stuck to the big paths for longer run to #7 which was probably a suboptimal route, and found a bit more green there than was mapped, so a bit of a trudge in the circle (and the same for #8). A couple of black dotted lines in the open forest approaching these two, but I couldn't see a vegetation boundary they'd be mapped to - I wonder if they should've been brown dots (there were plenty of small ditches).

Left #11 slightly too far R but corrected OK (knew I was on course as I ran back past #9). Very slow in the avenues in the cultivated forest to #13 – should’ve run off to one side.

Then couldn’t find #14, looped around on the stream valley side until I realised that the control I’d previously punched as #6 was in fact #14, and #6 was further E! (At the time I got to #6 I thought “funny looking platform” but didn’t check the ctrl no. as it was facing away from me: no separate descriptions – this was all done using the map, so a lot of the time I was only glancing at the descriptions and not really paying attention. It was all pretty soggy so turning the map around to read them was a faff.) Oh well!

Trundled back to the finish, overran #15 and a slight miss E and then W for #16 and #17, not really switched on any more. Ankle seemed pretty good in the forest. Will tape it up tomorrow and see how it goes.

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