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Training Log Archive: Tundra/Desert

In the 7 days ending Jul 27, 2003:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 4:20:23 18.64(13:58) 30.0(8:41) 129046 /56c82%
  Easy running1 7:40 0.56(13:43) 0.9(8:31) 75
  Total2 4:28:03 19.2(13:58) 30.9(8:40) 136546 /56c82%

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Sunday Jul 27, 2003 #

Easy running 7:40 [1] 0.9 km (8:31 / km) +75m 6:01 / km

Warmed up before the 5. Nationaler OL. Felt already *&@ tired. Fortunately it was not so hot at 1800 meters. Walked about half-way to the start where I found out that there was no water nor bathrooms at the start. Walked back to Celerina school where I could get water from a bathroom tap but there was no hope for the bathroom line. Walker/jogged up the hill to the start and took a dump right there.

Orienteering 1:59:01 [2] 12.3 km (9:41 / km) +645m 7:40 / km
ahr:150 max:163 spiked:22/26c

Got myself through the course. It was not easy. There were many holes in the ground, and with my low motivation and tiredness, this meant that I would slow down to walking whenever I could think of any excuse. I lost control around #7 and #8, but this was small fry.

ebone caught up with me as I walked the trail right after #11. I tried to push to keep up but soon lost sight of Eric on the road up to #13. Got distracted by people at #16. I knew #17 would not be easy but looked at the leg in advance, and kept coming up with a memory of a 1996 SVO race with a very similar leg which I nailed. Didn't work this time.

After the #17 and #18 fiascos, I slowly trodded to the finish. BorisGr and Greg Barbour passed me at #22. I got to #23 before them but let them go.

I was exhilarated to find out that I was not DFL this time. Still, with 91% behind, this was one of the three pit races of the season, along with Forssa and 5JDF j2.


A Tale of Three Cultures

Control #14 had a dead SI unit. At the download, I was surprised to find out that the event officials wanted to examine the manual punch on my map; I had already put the map away. Without the manual punch, my splits were marked "Fehlst".

I got back to my pack, pulled out the sweaty map (no map cases—the Swiss are so good they don't need map cases), got back into the download line, and had my time reinstated a few minutes later. In the meanwhile, Eric (who finished a few minutes before I did) finally decided it was time to download. He was walking to the download place as I was coming back. I told him about the demand for the manual punch.

Eric was slighly baffled, as he did not punch manually. Really, dead SIs happen all the time. Rarely if ever are you asked to show the manual punch in the States—the download personnel get the idea quickly, after the first couple of finishers. But this was Switzerland.

Not to worry, says Boris. Witness, the magic safety pin! With the help of said pin and my map, Boris quickly reproduced the punch pattern in the corner of Eric's map. Darn those cheating Russians.

Saturday Jul 26, 2003 #


Got on a train in Sümeg, then went to Celldömölk, changed train to go to Vienna. Took the subway to change bahnhofs in Vienna. Then got on a sleeper train to Switzerland; got off in Sargans, with barely enough time for the Swiss border guard to look through my passport. Two more trains to Celerina. Total trip time: about 18 hours.

The predictable Western world reappeared in Vienna, a Subway at the Westbahnhof included.

Monday Jul 21, 2003 #

Orienteering 2:21:22 [3] 17.7 km (7:59 / km) +645m 6:45 / km
ahr:158 max:169 spiked:24/30c

Hungária Kupa Day 2 and WRE. Gód-awful hot. Took my 3-l camelback, filled with 1.5 l of Powerade (available in HU, surprisingly, for about €2 a liter) and 0.5 l water. Was drinking pretty continuously until the water stop, at which point I dropped the camelback—a big mistake. Saved from death by Matti-Pekka of EsSu. Mostly walked after 1 hour 50. Was not last!! 68.7% back.

The map was a 1:15,000 inkjet print of a very poor quality (see the scan). I had a few plastic cases stashed away, otherwise the ink would have bled. The rest of the courses today, and M21E on the rest of the days, got normal offset prints of all maps at 1:10,000. This map printing quality situation appears to be *t worldwide.

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