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Training Log Archive: andrews

In the 7 days ending Nov 14:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering2 3:53:48 19.06(12:16) 30.68(7:37) 988748.2
  Running3 1:51:54 12.08(9:16) 19.44(5:45) 877358.1
  Cycling2 48:00 8.3(10.4/h) 13.36(16.7/h) 86153.6
  Total6 6:33:42 39.44(9:59) 63.48(6:12) 19511259.8

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Sunday Nov 14 #

10 AM

Orienteering 2:52:40 [3] 21.05 km (8:12 / km) +760m 6:57 / km

Tim Watkins Blodslitet 6th

I woke up feeling pretty rough still and tired despite getting 9 hours sleep. Left hip also slightly sore from where I landed on it yesterday.

The race started and the pace was manageable, all together through the first 5 controls, I took a worse line to the 4th control so was a little (20s) back into 5 instead of being right at the front and then onto 6 (actually 3, due to 2-5 being the first mini score gaffel). I then chose Paul's route to 3 but saw him cutting in very early, so I continued along my path on my own, until I realised I was on the wrong path and had missed the one I wanted. Lots of slow cutting through prickly bushes and atop pavement followed, until I eventually popped out somewhere I recognised, from where I could head easily to the control. Unfortunately I missed the control by about 20m (thinking crag would be obvious to spot, but it was tucked behind a rock) and looped around for 4 minutes before coming back. The race now well and truly gone. From here my navigation was really poor for the next few, I was feeling very tired (not helped by not being 100% over the cold) and wasn't reading the map well. I decided to slow down once on the northern section as I wasn't on top form mentally and wanted to be clean, where the women's race had caught me up.

Other than a three minute mistake (due to getting distracted from my bearing) I was going decent here, although slow. Going down the hill towards the second road crossing I realised my hip which had been a little sore from falling on it yesterday was now slowing me down. So I slowed down. Somehow got fastest split on the A course for what was effectively a running leg down the road, and even got overtaken by course B and C winners on it, don't know what everyone else were playing at here.

I was now more into the terrain, and realising paths were gold and now running/walking slow enough to pick them correctly. The hardest control on the course I mucked up a bit - 26 (I wasn't successfully picking out the difference in rock cover of the forest, so was effectively a blind bearing with no attack point/catching feature, found after I heard someone's joyous exclaim nearby), but no issues with navigation from after the 16th all the way to the finish otherwise. Hip got progressively sorer, I was walking more than running because of it.

Net enjoyable, but plenty not to like (but a lot which was great too). Considering how the race panned out at the front, I reckon if I was feeling better and not as tired (brain and body) and with no hip bruise, I would have had a great shot at winning, but half the field would say the same I'm sure. Will be back.

3km added (approximate distance after watch ran out of battery.)

Saturday Nov 13 #

11 AM

Running 9:46 [3] 1.39 km (7:02 / km) +65m 5:42 / km

Running 45:59 [3] 7.87 km (5:51 / km) +581m 4:16 / km

Dunnerdale fell race - 22/294, 45:59 +5:24 (2nd men's team with Paul and John H). Great day, perfect Autumn lake district weather, blue skies, still and fresh. I was planning to take the first couple of climbs easy enough, so I could push on the second half, this was going well until I very quickly went from feeling in control, to jelly legs (about 20 minutes in) rest of the race was spent getting as much out of my legs as I could. The first descent at halfway was good, made up some places. Then lost a lot on the next climb to checkpoint 3. I decided to take an aggressive straight line line off from here which was rockier than the orienteering map indicated, not the correct decision, I lost time on this as well. I limited my time losses on the flat before 4, and punched in with a deficit of between 42s and 22s to three people I wanted to catch, awarding myself a bronze for one overtake, silver for two and gold for three. I immediately then fell nearly head over heels and onto/beside some rocks off the summit, but avoided hitting my head which was an achievement - tired legs meant I hadn't picked my feet up enought.

I gave myself a few seconds to decide whether I wanted to still race, I did, so cracked on. Got the overtake of Elsie and Jack on the first section, and then held off a surge from Jack on the slight rise. I caught up John in the final bit of technical descent in the woods, but couldn't overtake as there was another person in front, and no room, slightly frustrating as I may have managed fastest split of the day otherwise. Got ahead of John immediately out of the woods, and paced an all out effort to the finish, expecting him to be right behind me. I glanced around at one point and someone was right on my tail, so I didn't let up. Turns out it was someone else and I had binned John a bit earlier, so was much more comfortable than I had realised.

John later had the cheek to ask if I was trying when walking the uphills, I WAS! But it's a good point, I really need to work on hill strength as a priority. Downhills are fine, flat is fine, rough is fine, but uphills I struggle more.

Pie (free) and pint afterwards was great. An hour after the race I felt pretty rough and shattered. Not fully over the cold I don't think.

Running 6:31 [3] 1.01 km (6:28 / km) +25m 5:44 / km

Friday Nov 12 #


Was planning to go on a run, but I was very tired and didn't end up being able to.

Thursday Nov 11 #

5 PM

Cycling 28:00 [3] 7.83 km (16.8 kph) +5m

7 PM

Cycling 20:00 [3] 5.53 km (16.6 kph) +81m

Two 3.6% pints had quite an effect

Wednesday Nov 10 #

6 PM

Running 8:19 [3] 1.48 km (5:37 / km) +14m 5:22 / km

Orienteering 50:48 [3] 8.29 km (6:08 / km) +191m 5:30 / km

Meanwood night score - 2nd just over a minute behind Paul. Good fun and far better than in early 2020. Navigating fairly well, decentish on compass when needed, but often not map reading and instead running to where I know. Feeling good physically

Orienteering 10:20 [3] 1.34 km (7:42 / km) +37m 6:46 / km

Control collecting - lovely straight line collecting four controls.

Running 9:32 [3] 1.43 km (6:39 / km) +43m 5:48 / km

Tuesday Nov 9 #

8 PM

Running 31:47 [3] 6.26 km (5:05 / km) +150m 4:32 / km

12 * 500m laps of the inner circle, didn't faint, good times. Doctor didn't seem too concerned and said it was probably just a standard faint, but getting blood tests, ecg, blood pressure taken next Wednesday as a double check. I'm now over 2/3 through the cold (peaked sunday/monday), it hasn't been at all bad which is great.

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