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Training Log Archive: bhall

In the 7 days ending Nov 12, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gymnastics2 6:00:00
  Orienteering2 4:02:31 7.46(32:31) 12.0(20:13) 350
  Running1 45:00 5.23(8:36) 8.42(5:21)
  Strength1 25:00
  Stretching1 20:00
  Total7 11:32:31 12.69 20.42 350
  [1-5]6 11:12:31

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Sunday Nov 12, 2017 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 1:32:48 [3] 5.8 km (16:00 / km) +160m 14:04 / km

Today's race was a LOT better. I was very hesitant after the course yesterday because I wanted to have a cleaner run.

I messed up a little on one, going slightly to far left after hitting the end of the stream which caused me to see the road. After a little wandering and thinking I decided that I must have been to short as well, and after going a little further I saw the actual hill and followed along the edge as I had originally planned to do. On two I hit the swamp, but farther left than I wanted to. I tried to make up for that and ended up to far right where I, after a few minutes, recognized that I was at the long ditch that extended almost to the stream, and found two. I came out of two aiming a little right to hit the pond, which was a clear point to go from. I crossed the stream a little to the left of the pond and got up on the hill, went down the stream, and then up the gulley to the trail. I didn't check my compass well enough coming off the trail and got down to the stream where it was already split. After crossing the first but I quickly recognized what I had done because the hill sloped off on the other side. Correcting myself I followed the stream left until the gullet which I followed up to the gravel path. Off the trail I saw the reentrant and found three easily. I followed the ditch down to the stream and then went back up and found the gulley. The ditch closest to the gulley was visable from the trail, and I followed that down to four. Four to five I went down the ditch and crossed the stream at the knoll and black x and followed the edge of the hill up the gulley to five. Give to six looks kinda nasty but it wasn't actually that bad so I went straight. Out of six I went down to the stream and up the ridge, hesitating a little too early, but I quickly recognized that I hadnt gone far enough. Seven to eight had two clear (at least to me) routes: along the stream to the left or right to the trail. I decided to go right but in hindsight left was definitely the better choice. I went down to the stream, aiming a little bit right and then up the large gulley and left at the top, making sure that I would hit the trail. I left the trail at the junction but went a little to far left and worried for a bit before coming to the conclusion that I was too short and also left, and found the control shortly after that. I planned on using the top of the hill to get to nine, recognizing that the for line was not going to be obvious. I ended up at the ditch to the left of nine in the flat area, but I saw what I had done and headed to the control. I wanted to go straight to ten but after going part way I recognized that it wasn't going to happen so I ran to the stream and went off of that. I got to the rocky ground and cairn-ish structure to the right of ten and stupidly doubted that I was there but then went a little left and saw my control.

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This long course review is brought to you by a ten hour car ride from DC to Boston.

Saturday Nov 11, 2017 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 2:29:43 [3] 6.2 km (24:09 / km) +190m 20:56 / km

Probably one of the worst, if not the worst green I've done. I did ok on 11 of the controls with huge mistakes on 1 and 9.

On one I was a little freaked out about the streamers because I knew that there were out of bounds areas marked with streamers and I didn't want to go somewhere that I wasn't supposed to be, knowing that there could be explosives in those areas. That along with missing the trails led me to getting close to two before going back and finding the first control. I was hesitant on the next few controls because I was annoyed about the first, and then at five I messed up again. It was not as big however I wondered around a little to short for a while before finding it. I was fine for six, seven, and eight and then there was nine. I went too far right out of eight and crossed a trail thinking it was a different trail and then wandered around for way to long without figuring out what I had done, while recognizing that nothing matched up. I admittedly ended up asking someone where we were, and from there ran along the trail to get toward nine, and finding it after way, way too long. I definitely almost quit on nine, but also kept reminding myself that I was going to be mad at myself if I didn't finish. 10 and 11 were pretty clean and 12 had a little mistake because I was looking in the wrong ditch but, compared to 1 and 9, I figured it out reasonably quickly.

I'm really frustrated about how it went today but I'm going to try and forget about it for tomorrow and just run the course as well as I am capable of running it.
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Wednesday Nov 8, 2017 #

6 PM

Gymnastics 3:00:00 [2]

Tuesday Nov 7, 2017 #

4 PM

Running (Treadmill) 45:00 [3] 5.23 mi (8:36 / mi)

5 PM

Strength 25:00 [2]

6 minutes of abs (not going to explain what moves), 30x normal pushups, 30x pushups with elbows in, 150x plie squats, 150x heel raises, 5 minutes of glutes work, 1x 3 minute handstand
6 PM

Stretching 20:00 [0]

Monday Nov 6, 2017 #

6 PM

Gymnastics 3:00:00 [2]

It was my first time back in the gym for a while and it felt good to be back. We didn't do anything to hard but we're starting to build up to new skills because competition starts in January.

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