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Training Log Archive: Auld Badger

In the 7 days ending Apr 3:

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  Orienteering3 5:43:58 17.88(19:14) 28.78(11:57) 280
  Total3 5:43:58 17.88(19:14) 28.78(11:57) 280

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Saturday Apr 3 #

Orienteering (Turf) 3:59:22 [2] 20.58 km (11:38 / km) +180m 11:09 / km

Last day of the Scotland v Skane match, to which I have contributed miserably, so one final chance to redeem myself.

In view of yesterday's change from "Stay at Home" to "Stay Local", decided to venture over the border into the bandit country that is West Lothian. Was surprised that no alarm bells went off and was fully expecting a cardboard cutout of Her Eminence to pop up saying "Ye've been telt", but no such luck.

Started with Springfield - cracking wee Sprint area, which may get debuted this summer. Back to St Mag's Distillery, and along the Union Canal, back almost to the start point. Uphill then to take on the Braes of Linlithgow; usually these burst me, hence the reason I never do well at Beecraigs, but no issues this time - must all be in the mind. Either that or my ankle stength is improving.

Downhill to Donaldson's and Linlithgow Primary. How there can be two zones in the grounds of primary schools is beyond belief. The Linlithgow Primary one is even in bushes overlooking the classrooms, and how no-one has been partyvanned away before now is a mystery.

FiFVO reappeared on the GPS at this point, having been out on her local zones in North Uist (via Kathmandu and Jupiter) but she only took eight of my zones in Springfield - either she's feeling sorry for me, or she ran out of battery.

Back onto the towpath, and along to Kettlestoun, then down to join the main road at Linlithgow Bridge. Buzz around the locale (another primo sprint area) and headed back towards the town centre. Nav error here, as I came up the wrong side of Mill Lade, and had to double back.

Energy getting low, but still had enough in the tank to make it round the palace, and back to the station. By around 600m, this is my longest turf session to date, and, by one zone, my most productive. Linlithgow zone tariffs are obscene - holding 34 zones at present and I'm pulling north of 100 points an hour.

Monday Mar 29 #

Orienteering (Turf) 41:25 [2] 3.29 km (12:35 / km) +60m 11:32 / km

Standard clock-change wipeout going on - don't know why, but I get a bit funny when the clocks go forward.

Town centre loop, with an extension to take in one in Callendar Park.

Sunday Mar 28 #

Orienteering (Turf) 1:03:11 [2] 4.91 km (12:52 / km) +40m 12:22 / km

Expelled from town in the frenzy to score zones this morning. Monitoring weather for a suitable window to get out and back into the game, but nothing doing, so come 3.30, buckled it on and ventured forth.

Callendar Park and back into town. The heavy snow in February means that the bracken in the woods is non-existent just now - could have an event there if people were able to travel.

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