Orienteering2:29:44 12.35 km (12:07 / km) +279m10:53 / km ahr:144 max:181 shoes: Integrators 5000
I accompanied Alex for 2 hours of her three hour mega exercise, shadowing her on the first pick, orienteering my own for the crux bit (made an enormo mistake as I switched from coach mode to orienteer mode, as always), then we swapped places for the line, and then I abandoned ship and walked back. Lovely day to be out in the woods. Highlight was our AOWN moment, when I saw a tree struck my lightning with two huge branches split off, and noticed the hole left behind was full of animal food and droppings. Then looked around the base, and the entire base was surrounded by a metre or so of a thick carpet of droppings the whole way round the base! Then Alex told me to look up and there was a black/dark brown critter with it's head stuck in a hole up the top of the tree, trying to hide from us. We think it was a porcupine. It was awesome.
I had a dreadful day yesterday, finding out that the grant we thought was a winner was indeed rated excellent, but excellent isn't enough to get funding these days. So I get to sit around for at least another 6 months scanning the literature and hoping no one else figures out my awesome technique that I've spent the last 18 months developing before I can use it to do an actual experiment. Instead of training I blew off the late afternoon, helped Natalie sell her car, then went for a walk with her at West Rock, ate at Mikro, and then stuffed ourselves with ice cream. Then I felt better. I'll miss her.
Today I was super productive in the lab and caught up on everything I threw out yesterday, and then decided to carry it forward to the evening and do stupid stuff like my visa application. Just finished. I don't have to drive to work tomorrow so I should actually manage some training.