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Training Log Archive: L-Jackson

In the 7 days ending Oct 4, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:07:56 3.91(17:21) 6.3(10:47)13 /17c76%
  Hiking1 45:00 2.5(18:00) 4.02(11:11)
  Trail Running1 38:00 2.5(15:12) 4.02(9:27)
  Running1 25:10 3.02(8:20) 4.86(5:11)
  Total2 2:56:06 11.93(14:45) 19.21(9:10)13 /17c76%

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Sunday Oct 4, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:07:56 [4] *** 6.3 km (10:47 / km)
spiked:13/17c shoes: Mudclaw O+340

Perfect day for orienteering and it happened to be in my favorite location. Really, only the third run I have had on the east side. It is nice.

Unfortunately, I don't think it was one of my better races. I started atrociously spiking only 4 of the first 8 controls. I had significant overruns at #4 (running along the towpath) and #6 (miscounting the reentrants coming off the slope requiring a relocation to the road) and had a 90 degree error at #2. The one at #2 stunk since it resulted in an unnecessary 5 contour climb. It did look like there was at least one other person that made the same mistake I did based on some of the disturbance on the slope.

After #8, I really thought about the map scale and my overruns and finally settled in - hitting #9 through #17 (GO) nicely. The last 4 were more of a physical challenge than a navigational one.

However, I figured out that the best way to improve my time is with a better warm-up rather than increased

Monday Sep 28, 2009 #

Running 25:10 [3] 3.02 mi (8:20 / mi)

Again, it was short, but it was something. Route took me around Mirror Lake.

Trail Running 38:00 [4] 2.5 mi (15:12 / mi)

The plan was to get as far up Haystack Mtn (not the 4000' one, but a smaller version between Placid and Saranac) as possible before dark. The added factor was that upon checking the radar right before leaving I noticed I would also be racing against a line of strong t-storms that was headed this way. Well it turns out that I lost. About 2 miles in I realized that the light would be problematic if I went the full 3.3 miles, so I set a turnaround time of about 1 hour - but 40 minutes in the thunder started and I wasn't interested in being on any exposed rocks during a storm.

I was not strictly running the entire time but upped the pace when the slope and trail conditions allowed.

Hiking 45:00 [2] 2.5 mi (18:00 / mi)

So, I turned around, and it immediately let loose with the rain. I was somewhat prepared with a jacket, but unfortunately I wore my glasses and after 2 minutes was completely blind. So I took them off, and picked my way back to the car, pretty much soaked to the bone by the time I got back.

And there was plenty of light available by the time I got back.

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