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Training Log Archive: Bruce

In the 7 days ending Apr 4, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:21:48 15.83(8:57) 25.48(5:34) 232
  Running1 1:11:44 8.67(8:16) 13.95(5:09) 112
  Cycling2 1:00:00 12.45(4:49) 20.03(3:00) 52
  Total6 4:33:32 36.95(7:24) 59.46(4:36) 396

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Saturday Apr 4, 2015 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 43:43 [5] *** 7.39 km (5:55 / km) +139m 5:24 / km

Easter Stage 2
Middle Distance
7th M21E, 7th after 2 stages



This terrain felt very familiar. I had race here in M15 in 1990 and went on to win my first Easter 3 Day. I remember wearing shorts back then, helping me to feel fast in the forest. The forest hasn't really changed that much, so I took the same approach this year.

I started well and felt strong on the early hills. Just before the spectator control I caught and passed several earlier starters. I got a little carried away after the spectator control and lost map contact on the long leg. I failed to climb enough on the broad spur, and ended up too far to the left. I decided to head for the main gully and see if I could recognise the creeks. This took about 30 seconds, and then I had about 90 seconds of additional distance to cover to find the control. This was my worst mistake of the weekend, but at least I learnt from this and avoided any similar mistakes thereafter.

From there I ran smoothly through the technical erosion gullies and finished strongly, although I was a little tired from the short sharp climbs.


I had already been up to the start twice before my start to see off the kids. It was fun to watch them compete on their own with no assistance. Several years of shadowing and some basic technique seems to have set them up for success.

Orienteering warm up/down 20:00 [2] 3.0 km (6:40 / km)

Friday Apr 3, 2015 #

1 PM

Orienteering race 17:40 [5] * 3.97 km (4:27 / km) +5m 4:26 / km

Easter Prologue
Jamestown
9th M21E



I was expecting the course to be fast, flat and fairly simple. The course made quite good use of the available terrain, but you still had to be very fast, and I wasn't quite up to the speed required for a top result here.
I made a small error exiting 3 and found myself on the wrong side of an uncrossable fence. I should have kept going, but stopped and went back around losing perhaps 10 seconds.
When I exited 15 I got stuck in some green bushes. I then panicked a bit and didn't find the best crossing point of the marshes, losing another 10 seconds.
The school section went well until the 3rd last when I failed to recognise that the control was on the south side of the fence, so I lost another 10 seconds.
So, altogether I was a bit messy when I needed a clean run to compete with the top runners.

Orienteering warm up/down 20:00 [2] 3.0 km (6:40 / km)

Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 #

8 AM

Cycling 30:00 [2] 10.0 km (3:00 / km)

6 PM

Cycling 30:00 [2] 10.03 km (2:59 / km) +52m 2:55 / km

Monday Mar 30, 2015 #

11 AM

Running 1:11:44 [2] 13.95 km (5:09 / km) +112m 4:57 / km

Sunday Mar 29, 2015 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 40:25 [5] ** 8.12 km (4:59 / km) +88m 4:43 / km

Victorian Club Relays
Eppalock South



2nd leg with Kerrin Rattray and Rob Baker.
Waiting for results..., but I think we were passed on the last leg by Brodie.

By that time I was off to the MCG for an awesome World Cup Final with Mason and Torren. We won't forget that cricket match for a very long time. It was something to remember to tell the grandkids about one day.

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