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Training Log Archive: bbrooke

In the 7 days ending May 3, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Orienteering3 4:34:57 9.84(27:57) 15.84(17:22) 1524
  Administration1 4:00:00
  Cycling1 1:29:08 14.46(6:10) 23.27(3:50)
  Run / Hike2 1:04:49 7.2(9:00) 11.59(5:36) 111
  Total7 11:08:54 31.5 50.69 1635
  [1-5]6 7:08:54
averages - sleep:6.3 weight:120.3lbs

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Friday May 3, 2019 #

Cycling 1:29:08 [3] 14.46 mi (6:10 / mi)
slept:8.0 weight:119.8lbs shoes: Safire

Out and back on the Coal Creek Trail.

Splitting headache (caffeine withdrawal + jaw clenching / teeth grinding + too much screen time at work without glasses on). Also, my hands went numb and my "sit bones" were in pain for the last ~five miles.

But otherwise this was great. ;-)

Thursday May 2, 2019 #

Run / Hike 26:24 [3] 3.1 mi (8:31 / mi)
slept:8.0 weight:119.6lbs shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

LoCO FIT 5K Time Trial @ Coal Creek Trail: 8:55, 8:31, 8:09, 0:49.

For comparison: 5/1/2018 -- 25:52 (8:47, 8:22, 7:51, 0:52).

Wednesday May 1, 2019 #

Run / Hike 38:25 [3] 4.1 mi (9:22 / mi) +111ft 9:08 / mi
slept:6.0 weight:121.4lbs shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

It's cold (~40°F) and rainy again, but I couldn't handle a third consecutive day of sloth...

Runners Roost group run -- Dillon Rd, golf course, Coal Creek trail, Cherry St, bike path, and then back on Dillon.

I skipped the beer & food afterwards in favor of a hot bath at home.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2019 #


It was 40ish and raining when it was time to go to my run group workout...and I felt like crap after getting ~four hours of sleep last I flaked out and skipped the workout. :-|

Monday Apr 29, 2019 #

Administration 4:00:00 [0]

I had lots of RMOC crapola to catch up I skipped my usual Monday night yoga class.

Cherry Creek meet:
- Posted overall results.
- Uploaded XML splits to Attackpoint.
- Uploaded photos from Gøril.
- Data entry for volunteer list.

Bear Creek Lake Park meet:
- Posted Sverre's course details; adjusted pre-reg deadline.
- Created volunteer sign-up sheet.
- Located adult & minor release forms for City of Lakewood; updated them with 2019 meet details.
- Responded to Galen's questions about meet logistics.
- Added WOD link & info to meet details page.

Manitou meet:
- Created volunteer sign-up sheet.
- Added WOD link & info to meet details page.

- Drafted an HTML email with links and photos for the RMOC list.
- Located and uploaded photos to go with "member news" features.
- Email follow-ups (Parker permanent course, Laramie 2019?, 2020 national event?).
- RouteGadget file coordination with JP, Sverre & Galen, for upcoming meets.

Sunday Apr 28, 2019 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 2:58:06 [3] 5.18 mi (34:23 / mi) +954ft 29:17 / mi
slept:6.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Navy)

So. Many. Rocks.

And cliffs.

I was slow to #1, but found it OK. And then I took ~45 minutes to find #2. :-\

I had a plan to get to #2, but I totally lost contact with the map after about 500m and had no idea whatsoever where I was for most of the rest of leg. My extra-slow forward progress (due to veg & rockiness) affected my estimation of how far I had traveled. But apparently I at least stayed more-or-less on my bearing, because I finally matched up some long, large cliffs northwest of the control and I found it -- but I had a definite defeated feeling.

Most of the remaining controls went OK, except for running back to #3 to relocate (I was terrified of getting lost again!), even though my tracks show that I was pretty close to #4.

Corinne punched #5 just ahead of me, and thank goodness she yelled out a warning that the leg-line to #6 went right through #9 -- easy to confuse. I'm not sure I would have realized that if she hadn't pointed it out, and I would have wasted a ton of time fighting through nasty vegetation. Svetlana said she got tripped up there.

The rest of the course went OK -- just slow and somewhat bumbling. Thank you to the helpful (Ukrainian?) guy who pointed me towards #10 (I was close but could have easily missed it). And to the CSU guy who seemed concerned for me near #4 (I must have really looked confused, even though I was walking right to the control; maybe he had seen me back-track toward #3 to relocate...or maybe he noticed my slumped shoulders and defeated trudge).

I was slow at Quantico, but I mostly always knew where I was. Today was the kind of day where I'm very close to crying (on the leg to #2), and I spend the whole course questioning if I even really know how to orienteer. It didn't help that there were long stretches where my fingers were so cold & numb I could barely turn my compass, and my swollen shin-bruise ached the whole time. Poor me. ;-)

THANK YOU to vmeyer for letting me do an ad hoc switch to Green this morning. I would have taken at least four hours on Red... And, it turns out I wasn't even DFL on Green-X -- I finished 15th out of 25 who started, and 2nd out of 4 in F45+. "Yay."

This weekend's courses were humbling, but I hope to go back next year to try again.


Saturday Apr 27, 2019 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 1:09:06 [3] 2.75 mi (25:08 / mi) +438ft 21:50 / mi
slept:6.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Navy)

The first two controls went OK, but throughout the course I was (again) moving very slowly on the rocky ground.

I wasted a bunch of time getting to #3, picking my way across a really steep & rocky slope about halfway through the leg (yeah, the V-shaped cliff area), and then walking back and forth along the wrong level of cliffs before I spotted the flag below me.

I also bashed my shins on rocks and logs and stepped into leaf-covered, ankle-twisting holes multiple times. The worst encounter yielded what I've done often enough to make up my own word for it: an "abrusion" (bruise + abrasion), swollen into a painful lump on the front of my shin. :-\


12 PM


A fun outing with Kris in between events: a trip to the West Point Visitor Center, and then quiche and a mini-whoopie pie at Bear Mountain Bakery. :-)

4 PM

Orienteering race 27:45 [3] 1.91 mi (14:32 / mi) +132ft 13:38 / mi
shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

The Sprint was a blast -- except that I mispunched at #2. Sigh...I *never* mispunch! But, I misread the tiny details of the building / outer wall and did not think to look or go UP to the balcony level. ARGH! I don't do enough Sprints to think about the potential multi-level aspect of the map & course; next time I'll know to look up and down... I moved on after a few other people in the area speculated that the control was missing -- but they must have eventually figured it out.

Otherwise, just a few small miscalculations at #8 & #9, and one big time-wasting mistake at #11.

It was great to have the field house to hang out in after finishing -- especially after standing around in the cold rain while waiting to start.

Had a nice dinner with Kris afterwards, and then a visit with vmeyer, Pepper & Dee Dee. :-)


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