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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 7 days ending May 24, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling4 3:07:58
  Orienteering2 2:13:50 9.01(14:51) 14.5(9:14) 41528 /37c75%
  Recovery2 42:17 3.7 5.95
  Warm up & strides2 22:00 1.06 1.7
  Stretching1 12:02
  Total6 6:38:07 13.77 22.16 41528 /37c75%
  [1-5]6 6:26:05

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Sunday May 24, 2009 #

Warm up & strides 10:00 [3]

A bit of a track jog and bouncing around near the start. Not feeling 100%, to be frank!

Orienteering race 52:34 [2] *** 5.8 km (9:04 / km)
ahr:189 max:199 spiked:13/17c shoes: Integrators

Better run technically today but a bit of low confidence which cost me some time. Legs felt rubbish and pulse is very high - not really sure what's going on here - no other symptoms other than tired, which I have been for months now.

1-3 Played join up the rides, and I think this was wise
6-7 Almost dropped into further marsh, but realised my folly and righted it quickly
7-8 I had hit my attack point, but thought there was no way I could have hit it yet, so went back to the ridge, realised my folly and hit the control, which someone had complained to Eddie was "too faded." Riiiight.
8-9 Knew this would be the trickiest one of the course, took it carefully, hit the attack point and then drifted too high, only realising when I saw the top of the hill and realised my folly. I need to remember to use my compass from the attack point, most of the time it's superfluous but I am losing significant time on the occasions that it isn't.

Fine from here onwards, just a bit of a slog.

Saturday May 23, 2009 #

Warm up & strides 12:00 [3] 1.7 km (7:04 / km)
ahr:166 max:176 shoes: Integrators

Jog to the start and a bit of token jogging. Feels totally wrong to be racing at 3pm. Stomach hated me for it.

Orienteering race 1:21:16 [4] **** 8.7 km (9:20 / km) +415m 7:33 / km
ahr:189 max:199 spiked:15/20c shoes: Integrators

Bleurgh! Not really sure if I enjoyed this that much - some bits went well, and I got some fastest splits, other bits, well, I made two of the most stupid mistakes I've made since I was about 12, and after taking what I think was the best route choice on the leg leg, totally screwed up getting into the control. Oopsie!

1-2 Not uber confident coming in the 2 in the rough stuff, but hit it okay in the end. Lost 15 secs to Hollie, which I probably would in running speed anyway.
2-3 Got a bit stuck in the thick stuff then was a bit unconfident in the white, even though the control was in a lovely big re entrant you could see from miles away. Hmmm...
3-4 Had to stop to go to the loo and ended up a bit low too.
5-6 Got the fastest split on 5-6, which was a total surprise as I had no idea I had already hit the control when I hit it. Oh, number 63! Nice to see you!
7-8 Planned leg well and nailed it,. Fastest split. Love it.
8-9 Three minutes down the pan. You know when you know you're climbing the wrong ridge, only you're kind of worried you're not and so you have to check the hill at the very top even if you're 5 contours too high, and you just saw Steve Nich do something that looked like punching a control, way, way below you. Oops. Unsurprisingly, Steve was bang on, and I was mountain climbing for the fun of it.
9-10 Slooooow. Totally failed to grasp that all I had to do was pop out into the open without losing too much height, and it would all make sense. Instead I was skirting crags and reading detail that really wasn't required.
12-13 Was chasing John E, and got the fastest split. Nice.
13-14 Two minutes gone. Took the low route, thought this was great, hit my attack point spot on, then just drifted. Ended up hitting the stream by the crag and being very confused. Eventually figured it out and went back - I had been far too low. In all fairness, the clearing I was looking for wasn't really very clear. But still - more accurate compass needed.
14-15 Nice
15-16 Utter muppet. I lost nearly three minutes by hitting the track, going the right way to the crossing point, seeing a boulder in a re entrant and thinking I'd gone wrong, retracing my steps, then figuring it out and legging it down the track in my original direction. Absolute spoon.
16-17 Nice, planned well, executed well
17-18 I have no idea how I got the fastest split here. I was knackeredm but I was bang on.

So yes, good thing: when I orienteer well, I am actually up there pacewise.
Bad things: Running past 4pm turns me into a muppet. 8 minutes of big mistakes, and a bit more in confidence. Eep!

Recovery 7:00 [3]

Very short warm down with Hol, neither of us really feeling it by then!

Friday May 22, 2009 #


I have one hell of a headache today. I am going to sleep for a long time before tomorrow. Boo, have been looking forward to this weekend for aaaaages!

Thursday May 21, 2009 #

Cycling 40:00 [2]

The usual.

Wednesday May 20, 2009 #

Cycling 40:00 [2]

Another awful lab day and I am still very tired. Clearly my body isn't quite ready for a proper week of training yet, especially with a 2 hours beast at the end! Will take it more easily from now on.

Tuesday May 19, 2009 #

Cycling 1:07:58 [2]
ahr:121 max:156

Was going to go for a long cycle into the lab but felt really very tired when I started, so I was curtailed somewhat. Have just got home and am very tired, a bit dizzy and want to go back to bed, despite only waking up at 11. I think I will take a bath and get back there! Maybe overdid it a little on Sunday.

Monday May 18, 2009 #

Cycling 40:00 [2]

Usual cycling in then back up the killer Stockbridge hill. Legs sore from yesterday.

Recovery 35:17 [3] 3.7 mi (9:32 / mi)
ahr:137 max:153 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Short recovery run, legs sore and heart not really in it. 10 minutes miles is really slow, isn't it?

Stretching 12:02 [0]
ahr:81 max:101

Had a bit of a stretch but got bored halfway through. Yes, I am a rubbish.

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