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Training Log Archive: ccsteve

In the 7 days ending May 2, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:52:13 9.38(24:45) 15.1(15:23) 4908 /39c20%
  Walking2 1:04:00 4.0(16:00) 6.44(9:56)
  Dance1 1:00:00
  Total4 5:56:13 13.38 21.54 4908 /39c20%

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Saturday May 2, 2009 #

Orienteering race 1:20:19 [4] *** 7.5 km (10:43 / km) +180m 9:34 / km
spiked:8/14c shoes: New Balance 479

Red course in the Male Open #1 for ROC series 2009.

Compared to last weekends debacle on the second day, this felt good to keep a bit more control.

I'm not sure my speed was up where I wanted it - but i've been treating myself for a huge case of Poison Ivy after last weekend. [apparently some of the vines that didn't have thorns and cut my up were PI without leaves... I blossomed a day later though it is close to being under control.

Two good things - I paused longer after controls to get not only a reasonable path to the next control, I looked to make sure I had a better and more navigable path.

And when dealing with the big stream bed in the area of 1 and 6, I kept things under more control and did better than at last fall's event.

On the mixed news side, I took a bad climb out of the stream bed on 9 to 10 ending up at the hill close to the field instead of the hill close to the road.

The realization though - that mentally I decide that I "know" where I'm headed and follow the land - instead of the correct bearing. The upside is that I can now keep this in mind and stop doing that;-)

It's interesting comparing splits.

I see that I have a couple good legs, and in general I still need to add a bit of speed on the legs.

Comparing the "pt" value, which I have found to be a reasonable judge of success, I have 51 pts from this race as well as last Saturday's at Pine hill - Sundays was 41.

Melissa ran the white as a F12- afterwords and did respectably.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2009 #

Walking 32:00 [1] 2.0 mi (16:00 / mi)

Monday Apr 27, 2009 #

Walking 32:00 [1] 2.0 mi (16:00 / mi)

Left the car off for service and walked home...

Dance 1:00:00 [1]

Sunday Apr 26, 2009 #

Orienteering race 2:31:54 [5] *** 7.6 km (19:59 / km) +310m 16:36 / km
25c shoes: New Balance 479

I needed, but did not have body armor for this one... On the plus side, I didn't change my navigation to avoid climb, but I did to avoid the prickly undergrowth...

Ok - looking at the map and splits and comparing splits it's worse than I thought - wow - I can't even remember how I found several of those controls two days later...

First 4 controls - great. Except of course that I didn't read the bit about the road crossing getting subtracted out (up to a minute), so instead of punching, crossing slowly, drinking, and punching again, I punched, crossed, punched, drank and hurried off... [twice]

So that false sense of success had me going by the seat of my pants to the fifth control and blowing it completely.

Only a couple good controls after that and many to be unhappy with.


In a calm state, and with my reading glasses on, I can barely read the red control circles on the map. I'm expecting that with sunlight and my compass magnifier I felt better.

But - I think the lack of contrast and a slight slip of the map made me plan a course to 10, then think that the control circle of 15 was where I was headed, and send me off on a wild chase.

Next - I need to get some more experience on these hills covered with rock, boulders and cliffs - I muffed several of these and know that it has been a weakness in the past. We just don't have terrain like that here to practice on.

Last - Before I used to fail physically and then make errors. I don't see that happening, I think I moved faster than my skills in this terrain could support. It would have been better to plan more, control movement more, and recover less.

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