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Training Log Archive: Tundra/Desert

In the 7 days ending Oct 24, 2005:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:34:16 11.62(18:26) 18.7(11:27) 118525 /31c80%
  Easy running1 4:19 0.5(8:41) 0.8(5:24) 15
  Total2 3:38:35 12.12(18:02) 19.5(11:13) 120025 /31c80%

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Sunday Oct 23, 2005 #


Walked halfway up to Joe Grant this morning (an hour-ish, probably 5.5 km) after missing a ride with Mikkel. Being a nice person he is, he picked me up after his run at the mentioned halfway point. I got there before the start was taken down, and finished before the control pick-up started.

Orienteering race 1:17:17 [3] **** 8.1 km (9:32 / km) +455m 7:27 / km
ahr:166 max:176 spiked:12/13c shoes: Integrators

Day 2 at the Poison Oaks. I had a clean run, only going waaay creative on the long leg. Changed my mind halfway! Fortunately, still won.

Was getting a bit wobbly towards the end, what with all the walking in the morning and the temperature (the monitor said 82 °C race average). Only had a bit of pain in front of the good ear and behind it, so was able to keep it up towards the end and finished at an OK pace.

Saturday Oct 22, 2005 #


Took 10 g C last night. In the morning, three gigantic lymph nodes; behind the ear, side of the neck, and way back behind, the one that has always been full in the morning. The #4 finger on the left hand seems to be acting just as it did back in June of 2004.

It seems like a touch of hearing is coming back in the left ear—maybe I'm fooling myself... but, there also clearly are several resonances, all new. Shower roars. And, in an alarming development, there is some intermittent ringing in the good ear, at a frequency separate (higher) from the one in the bad ear. I'd hate to lose HF hearing in both.

Easy running warm up/down 4:19 [2] 0.8 km (5:24 / km) +15m 4:56 / km
ahr:136 max:152 shoes: Integrators

Warmed up, from the shuttle drop-off point to the start. As it later turned out, the warmup was unnecessary.

Orienteering race 2:16:59 [3] *** 10.6 km (12:55 / km) +730m 9:37 / km
ahr:163 max:174 spiked:13/18c shoes: Integrators

BAOC Oh-in-the-Poison-Oaks ey! ay! ugh. A brutal course... pretty much an IOF Long, but not runnable. Complex legs and a good map; but steeeep uphills, 480 m climb in the first 4 km of the course; later, lots of tall grass and chaparral/PO crossings. The hillsides were quite loose. I started well and led until 80+ minutes into the race. Felt reasonable; only, a few times had sharp pain in front of either ear—temporal artery? The pain went away as soon as I commanded myself to relax.

Soon after I made a large error on #8 it became clear that the course was not doable in under 2 hours. So I slowed down after #10 quite a bit. Slowed down even more as I started to get this cottony feeling in my left leg around #12, and cramped big time on the climb to Control 15. Got into the finish all wobbly... it was almost impossible to run in the end. I think my physical problems and training limitations would have still dictated my performance even if I hadn't the neurology going on; clearly felt the aftereffects of The Relay.

Syd seemed tired, too... Mikkel however was sick and started slow, and he didn't do the Relay. Or make as many errors as I did.


10 g of C today, too. Some before the race.


Climb analysis is here.

Thursday Oct 20, 2005 #


Felt sort of OK since the Relay. Fine at night, then a bit of pressure all over the day. Have been noticing the hearing loss more and more. The issues seem to be confined to the left inner-ear area. No cognitive problems so far, memory is good both short-term and long-term.

Got suddenly feverish this morning and went home early.

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