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Training Log Archive: boyle

In the 7 days ending Aug 24, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering4 4:02:42 8.39(28:56) 13.5(17:59) 29583c
  Running4 1:21:00 6.56(12:20) 10.56(7:40)
  Total4 5:23:42 14.95(21:39) 24.07(13:27) 29583c

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Sunday Aug 24, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 1.3 km (7:40 / km)

orienteering race 1:13:41 [4] *** 4.0 km (18:25 / km) +145m 15:36 / km

Canadian Orienteering Championships
Long course 7
4/20 age group

From this event I took home the bronze medal for 45-54 male Canadians (second place runner was not Canadian). Shortly into the course I realized this one was all about running. I ran with the compass but no precise bearings. I didn't slow down to take any water because I sensed that I could get to the finish quickly...and I did. After messing up leg 9 along with many others, I ran full out for the rest of the map. No one could stick to me. Miracles happen.

See my splits for comments. My race is on RouteGadget.

Saturday Aug 23, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 21:00 [3] 2.74 km (7:40 / km)

orienteering race 1:11:41 [4] *** 2.4 km (29:52 / km) +65m 26:18 / km

Canadian Orienteering Championships
Maple Grove, Fundy National Park NB
Middle distance course 7
15/23 age group

If I had thought that this map (like WMOC '05) represented orienteering as an activity, I would never have continued in the sport. Our handbook clearly described the middle event as one specialising in technical skills. IMHO this was compass school, not orienteering. I still can't play with the big boys but at least there was no fear of a DNF and I sought no assistance on course.

See my comments on my splits. My race is on routeGadget.

Friday Aug 22, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 25:00 [3] 3.26 km (7:40 / km)
shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

orienteering race 33:06 [4] *** 2.7 km (12:16 / km) +85m 10:36 / km
24c shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

Canadian Orienteering Championships sprint course 5
McLaren Pond NB
age group 8/20

My race can be viewed on RouteGadget.

orienteering 46:20 [3] *** 2.2 km (21:04 / km)

Fundy National Park
Model event

Even though I had the map before the sprint, I hadn't thought to study a map that included more than half the sprint course. Doh!

The mapping quality for the model map (and the subsequent middle and logn courses) was much poorer than our sprint maps. The vegetation on the later maps was out of date.

I parked at the lot behind the golf pro shop and visited 435, 446, 419, 428, 425, 445, 415, 462, 460 and things in between. I had no intentions of visiting 460 but running hard down a forked trail that took me straight there wasn't even on the map.

On the model event, I selected only the distant controls for exploration. I also investigated man-made features. The man-made feature NE of 428 was a dump site along and below the mapped embankment. I climbed the embankment hoping to explore the man-made features which were the source of the dump site. However, an un-mapped impenetrable perimeter of nasty and tall raspberry and blackberry bushes kept me out.

Fence remnants that I visited were little more than barbed wire. 415 was much closer to the trail in real life. I'm certainly not going to complain about such a mapping error. The stone wall remnants that I visited appeared to be natural and not man-made.

For me, the model map would have been more useful as a 1:10000 scale (not 1:5000). The maps we were soon to use were 1:10000.

Thursday Aug 21, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 25:00 [3] 3.26 km (7:40 / km)
shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

orienteering race 17:54 [5] *** 2.2 km (8:08 / km)
23c shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

Hopewell Rocks NB sprint
age group 3/23

I absolutely loved this two-map race on the ocean floor. This race alone was worth the trip and all the expenses. It may take me weeks to get all my comments down concerning the races at the COCs.

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