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Training Log Archive: X8A7

In the 7 days ending Sep 10:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:39:35 16.33(13:27) 26.28(8:21)
  Trail Run3 1:43:00 11.04(9:20) 17.77(5:48)
  Cyclo-X2 1:16:00 17.69(4:18) 28.47(2:40)
  Mt. Bike1 42:00 10.19(4:07) 16.4(2:34)
  Total5 7:20:35 55.25(7:58) 88.92(4:57)

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Sunday Sep 10 #

Cyclo-X 58:00 [1] 13.41 mi (4:20 / mi)

Out to J-Jones, then a few laps around that before heading back. Riding position is not right, I think I need a shorter stem. The seat is not comfortable.

Saturday Sep 9 #

Trail Run 14:00 [1] 1.21 mi (11:34 / mi)


Orienteering 2:11:20 [3] 7.91 mi (16:36 / mi)
ahr:158 max:176

"Red" course at Tahosa. Straight line is 9.8km. I had a suspicion it was going to be long given the 10km distance. But I thought that perhaps the running was fast, hence the obviously long distance. However, not only was the distance was way too long, there was a ton of difficult going... mostly walking due to lots of blow down etc. Needless to say, mentally I was done at #7 and just got through the rest of it (who took another ~1.5 hours). Because of this, I though for sure someone would beat me, but instead it was my largest margin to date, I don't think anyone was overly exited by the courses. Overall, the course layout I think could have been improved on, the 2-5 section being pretty much duplicated by the 11-13 section seemed completely unnecessary given the course was long. It took me a bit to get in tune with the map, I thought things looked a bit different around 1 and 7, but other areas were mapped well. Other controls seemed to be unnecessarily hidden (behind a rock which couldn't be seen because of vegetation), which is fair, but when you are nearly two hours in on a "red" course, one's patience for such things is limited. I also wasn't a fan of the 13-14 leg because the route I wanted to take (the high road) was off the map. Anyway, it was good training.

Cyclo-X 18:00 [1] 4.28 mi (4:12 / mi)

Test ride of the new X-bike in the hive. I like it a lot, but still miss my old bike(s).

Thursday Sep 7 #

Mt. Bike 42:00 [1] 10.19 mi (4:07 / mi)

28th, 4th, other trail, F, 2nd, 14th.

Wednesday Sep 6 #

Trail Run 47:00 [1] 4.1 mi (11:28 / mi)


Trail Run 27:00 [4] 4.46 mi (6:03 / mi)
ahr:172 max:181

Running club. 3x9min, with a cruel 1min rest. I was weary from the Sun-Mon races and still sore, but managed to put together a solid workout. The Higherschooler was there and ran next to me the whole workout, he may have learned something as he didn't crowd me like he usually does. I'm not sure why he didn't go faster, he's fresh of a 5km in just over 17min, so this pace I'm sure was very pedestrian for him. 6:05, 04, 04.

Monday Sep 4 #

Trail Run 15:00 [1] 1.27 mi (11:49 / mi)


Orienteering 1:28:15 [3] 8.42 mi (10:29 / mi)
ahr:164 max:192

Rocky Mt. Goat, 10.7km straight line. There's lots of ways to look at the race. The goal was no big mistakes and I should have walked away from the win, no problem. And I totally did that expect for a few minutes of a poor plan of attack and a poor relocation strategy. This cost me time, but despite that, I still took the win (my 4th Rocky Mt. Goat win?). So in terms of outcome goals it was still a great day. But the mistake takes a bit away for the pride in the win. But another way to look at it is that the mistake was there, and apart from a few issues, I ran really well, and all that quality allowed me to be competitive despite the mistake. And this made the race very thrilling for three of us in the last two minutes. Diamond Bay, by far is the toughest map in the Laramie Range, and maybe the toughest map I've ever run. I used to think that Pelican Bay was the toughest, but Diamond Bay is a good step above that. And Swampfox put together an excellent course in all respects. Given all that, what I'm also happy about, is that I have been getting better and better at identifying challenging rock features largely on the fly, even when unsure where I am exactly. This is something I certainly was often marginal at in the past, but today I was at least decent. Because of this, I got off track a number of times and easily picked up where I was. Looking at my track, going to 14, I got off course heading too N initially, then I got stuck floundering in a sea of aspen, with no visible way out (despite the track suggesting I almost made it out in a pretty good place, it certainly wasn't like that on the ground), by the time I got out, I couldn't be sure where I was, climbing a hill wasn't much help, and I got really concerned that may be I was next to the wrong big rocky hill (or maybe I was off the map). So I thought that the safest thing to do was to just put the hammer down, go NW where I was sure to hit the road and take my losses (estimated as a 10:40 mistake). Because I was running harder, there were a few more minor mistakes, and apart from seeing Troy too far north of 14 just as I saw it, I didn't see anyone. So I thought it was possible I was still in the lead, or I lost so much that it was pointless. But all became clear as I was avoiding dead fall coming around a C-shaped hill heading to 19, I could see Jon (known to be likely the in the lead at the point) and Ian. I looked at the map, was there enough left to close the gap? It was crazy that I saw no sign of Jon or Ian up to that point. I put the hammer down, closing a 40 meter gap nearly by 19, then went all out to the finish to retake the lead just when it matter. Then I got to enjoy an ice cold Dew, the official beverage of the Rocky Mt. Goat. Fortunately others were happy to take the other 11 Dew's off my hands so I was only tempted to drink one.

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