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Training Log Archive: bensmith

In the 7 days ending Sep 10, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running4 9:43:04 55.59(10:29) 89.47(6:31) 1505
  Orienteering3 52:09 6.45(8:05) 10.38(5:01) 45
  Yoga, core etc1 50:00
  Total8 11:25:13 62.04 99.85 1550

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Sunday Sep 10, 2017 #

9 AM

Orienteering 16:07 [4] 3.27 km (4:56 / km) +42m 4:38 / km
ahr:159 max:173 shoes: on Cloudflow Blue/Orange

Day 2 of SART 2017!

Given my low seeding, my goal was to be the first finisher back in each race. This meant I had to catch up 6 minutes in the first round, and 9 minutes in the second round.

My legs were feeling kinda sore, but not too bad. Maybe the same as after a regular SART day 1. I don't have much sprint training though, and it's hard to push when there's no competition.

I made a couple of little mistakes, but talking to others it seems like only a few seconds. Made it back as first to the finish punch :)
11 AM

Orienteering 19:24 [4] 3.68 km (5:16 / km) +3m 5:15 / km
ahr:161 max:174 shoes: on Cloudflow Blue/Orange

SART finale. Two butterfly sections in a really cool campus. My brain was getting tired so I made a few mistakes, especially up in the tricky garden section, where my legs were definitely going faster than my brain could keep up!

Chatting to Patrick afterwards, I did choose the right routechoice on the long leg though, which I was pleased with.

Came back as first to the finish again, so completed all my objectives for the weekend. Great success!

Saturday Sep 9, 2017 #

8 AM

Running 5:27:45 [3] 53.86 km (6:05 / km) +341m 5:54 / km
ahr:145 max:164 shoes: on Cloudflow Blue/Orange

Hamster Endurance Run at Padden Lake in Bellingham

This is a looped race, where you're supposed to run as many laps of Padden Lake in 6 hours (or 12, or 24, or 36...). I was hoping to do 50km in 5 hours, which I did successfully. The last 4km of that loop was torture though. 50km was definitely my limit of running.

Swag was acquired:
* Nice wooden/cork finisher souvenir
* Fluffy blanket for being fastest around lap 1
* Engraved shot glass for 2nd in the 6 hour category.

I'm not sure yet whether this was "fun". Last weekend I ran a trail half marathon and had an amazing runners high towards the end. Today I didn't really get any endorphins. There's a longer-term sense of achievement that I've now run my first ultra (and my first marathon...), but not much during the run itself. I think I will continue the training and try to run a 50 miler in October, but will probably then call it quits for the long distance stuff.

More thoughts and perusing in the next few days.
8 PM

Orienteering 16:38 [4] 3.43 km (4:51 / km)
ahr:158 max:171

Round 3 of SART!

As I missed the first two rounds, I'm down in the 61-80 category. I thought this would be appropriate, but my legs have recovered better than I expected. As such, I was running all this course on my own

It was fun though! A night-O on a golf course, with one really long leg the length of the map. Really well mapped, with clever usage of OOB for the greens and purple lines around the bunkers.

Wednesday Sep 6, 2017 #

12 PM

Yoga, core etc 50:00 [1]

6 PM

Running 1:00:26 [1] 6.69 km (9:02 / km) +201m 7:51 / km
ahr:125 max:145

I was supposed to head up Mt Strachan with a colleague from TRIUMF, but she bailed due to the smoke. That was definitely the right call - it was gross up there.

I think that was probably the second-worst smoke I've ever been in. My eyes started itching a little by the end, and there was a strong smell of smoke when I washed my face afterwards.

I didn't do anything too crazy - just along Baden Powell from the downhill to cross-country parking lots, then back along the road. I tried really hard to keep my heart rate down and breathing under control, which mostly worked. Still probably shouldn't have headed out though.

Fingers crossed it all clears by the weekend!

Tuesday Sep 5, 2017 #

12 PM

Running 54:32 [2] 9.08 km (6:00 / km) +89m 5:44 / km
ahr:130 max:154 shoes: on Cloudflow Blue/Orange

Gentle "try not to breathe too much smoke" run around Pacific Spirit with Team TRIUMF. Good chat. Good times.

Monday Sep 4, 2017 #

10 AM

Running 2:20:21 [2] 19.84 km (7:04 / km) +874m 5:48 / km
ahr:141 max:187

Spur-of-the-moment decision to head up to Elfin Lakes. The views are fantastic; the trail is meh.

The first 5km are a tedious slog up a service road, with trees on either side. The gradient is in that annoying in-between zone where I could probably run it all if I wanted to, but I didn't want to, but then it felt silly walking, so I'd run again. Also it's boring.

After that, there's a little diversion for 1km where the trail is actually a trail rather than a road, then it's back on the hard-packed vehicle-width stuff. The views make up for it though - great mountain backdrops. After 6.5km, you start the flat/descent to Elfin Lakes. The lakes are very pretty, and sensibly one is reserved for swimming, and one is reserved for drinking.

There was a little smoke in the air, but it didn't affect me (enough to smell, but not to taste; enough to reduce the intensity of the sun, but not to reduce visibility).

Finally made it to Mag's 99 on the way back (the last few attempts have failed due to being too late / there being massive waits). My pork burrito was good! Probably the best Mexican food I've had in Canada (but that's a very low bar). Not worth waiting a long time for, but a good change from pub food if it's quiet.

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