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Training Log Archive: andrews

In the 7 days ending Aug 4:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 4:17:03 22.14(11:37) 35.63(7:13) 946
  Running5 1:23:56 6.33(13:16) 10.18(8:15) 534
  Total6 5:40:59 28.47(11:59) 45.81(7:27) 1480

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Saturday Aug 3 #


Good things from the week:
Had a very clean forest race (day4)
Held my own against the M21E on day 3

Bad things from this week:
Most mistakes and all large mistakes came from lazy bearing taking or getting stuck in dark green which are very avoidable.
Not going into all the races with the right mindset. Aiming for a clean race is the best way to get a good result.

Enjoyable week on different terrains, but by the 6th day out of 7 orienteering I was done with it, not that suprised day 6 didn't go too well.
10 AM

Orienteering race (Middle) 33:08 [3] 4.42 km (7:30 / km) +118m 6:37 / km

Grandtully day 6

We changed our start times from after 1pm to about half 10 but the forest was already heavily tracking up. It must have been very obvious for late starters.

I set out to try and win - in hindsight this definitely wasn't the best strategy, forcing me to try and run fast and neglecting the compass discipline I had built up earlier in the week. This led to errors at 4, 6 and a massive one at 7, after which I gave up and just jogged in. I think running to 7 that I thought I was going on the right line so didn't bother looking at my map for about a minute. Not that I even took a bearing or anything.

Managed to hold out for 3rd on M21s but 2nd was there for the taking with a solid run today.

Running warm up/down 15:04 [2] 1.81 km (8:19 / km) +106m 6:26 / km

Friday Aug 2 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 55:11 [4] 8.13 km (6:47 / km) +150m 6:13 / km

Craig a Barns day 5.

Felt a bit dizzy from 1 to 2 but this didn't come to anything thankfully.
Thought I was on a similar looking bit of hillside going to 3 below the control, turns out I was above the control and ended up searching the wrong bit of hillside - took me a long time to realise due to it looking so similar. All caused by a bad bearing/not actually taking a bearing (I can't remember).
Didn't bear off going to 4 and went left rather than the correct right so lost more time.
Off on my line to 6.
After this I was going well, knew I had to get under 55 something minutes to beat an already set time so paced it at the end and got inside by 45 seconds. From control 6 I slightly edged the winner (the last 60%) of the course.

Disappointed to have so little in the wood and none in any denser wood. I had been enjoying that the most this week.

Running warm up/down 16:18 [2] 1.91 km (8:32 / km) +155m 6:04 / km

Thursday Aug 1 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 46:55 [4] 7.78 km (6:02 / km) +228m 5:16 / km

Culteuchar and Dron day 4
Open hill side with a bit of woodland toward the end. Despite it being fairly I was really pleased with my focus which I kept the whole way round, not sure the last time I did that. Managed the transition from open hillside to wood well, I normally wouldn't adjust my navigation and get lost quite quickly. My general plan for the day was to stay straight when faced with hills and take the extra climb that went with, this may have been more effective if I was fit enough to run up most of the hills (I walked mostly) but I managed my bearings well.

Made maximum 1 minute of errors, beat all the w18 and w20 at last but didn't manage top of m21s.

Running warm up/down 21:04 [2] 2.4 km (8:47 / km) +166m 6:31 / km

Tuesday Jul 30 #

12 PM

Orienteering race (Middle) 55:14 [4] 6.41 km (8:37 / km) +181m 7:33 / km

Dundurn & Cnoc a’Mhadaidh day 3 (only M21E and WRE)

Starting to feel like I can orienteer again. Felt lacking in fitness, especially across the longer hilly legs across the open fell side, then feeling tired led to a couple of mistakes at the far end (12 and 13). I had a drink at the water station which was much needed. Then to 15 I managed to go straight through dark green again getting me confused with where I was losing 3 minutes. I have learned now that this week areas of forest with many felled trees is marked as dark green, not something I realised when out on the course but seems very obvious now. I wasn't the fastest around the last 10 controls after this but did hold it together when many others didn't, nice and solid. Including the leg to 17 when I was following someone to the edge of the control circle but he skirted around when I went in to the control, he kept on going and then I could see him looking lost when I was heading to 18. I decided not to tell him where it was.

Top half in M21E was a very good result for me, and my highest ranking points to date.

Orienteering warm up/down 8:08 [1] 0.95 km (8:34 / km) +52m 6:43 / km

Model course to the start

Monday Jul 29 #

12 PM

Orienteering 58:27 [4] 7.94 km (7:22 / km) +217m 6:29 / km

Edinchip day 2

Binned 7 minutes at 6 when running well by getting very stuck in some rhododendron bushes. Lost interest and energy after that, nothing too bad mind. The area was much more open generally but less runnable, it was either marshy or full of tussocks.

Already feeling exhausted on day 2 of M21S, so glad I didn't stay on a longer course each day.

Running warm up/down 16:30 [2] 2.06 km (8:01 / km) +87m 6:37 / km

1 PM

Running warm up/down 15:00 [1] 2.0 km (7:30 / km) +20m 7:09 / km

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