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Training Log Archive: Auld Badger

In the 7 days ending Apr 10:

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Saturday Apr 10 #

Orienteering (Turf) 2:41:38 [2] 12.21 km (13:14 / km) +110m 12:40 / km

Swings and roundabouts

Swinging loops round eastern Falkirk. Ladysmill - Middlefield - Laurieston - Westquarter and Redding. Home via the Union Canal.

31 zones taken, and still ten points worse off than when I started, due to Dragonsoup and his e-bike. Piffle

Friday Apr 9 #

Orienteering (Turf) 1:56:34 [2] 9.4 km (12:24 / km) +70m 11:57 / km

Nice day for it. Stroll round Callendar Park, reclaiming it from a Hensman raid. Extended to the Union Canal, as far as Greenbank, down the Forth & Clyde to Rosebank, and back into town via the war memorial.

225 pph, baby!

Thursday Apr 8 #

Orienteering (Turf) 4:48:35 [2] 17.18 km (16:48 / km) +125m 16:12 / km

Phat four parter, taking in some brand-new (to me) zones, and joining the dots on some neutral bits.

1. From town out to Camelon, nipping in to take the war memorial before Oopadoopra (who was finishing) could get in and claim it. Onto the Stirling Road playing field and over to Carronvale, via the Dorratar Bridge. Handful of new zones in here, but a bit of faffing about, doubling back and generally messing around trying to pick a line. Continued through southern Stenhousemuir to Carron Pond.

2. From Carron Pond, via Antonshill to Carronshore.

3. From Carronshore, back across the river and around Abbotshaugh, emerging back out at Carron Pond again.

4. From Carron Pond, back through Bainsford (into a stiff breeze), up to the rugby club and home via the war memorial (to take it back from Oopadoopra, who had squatted on it to ge the take). Battery died at Grahamston station.

Distance recorded is "straight-line" - with all the bobbing and weaving, the foot distance is easily over 20km

Wednesday Apr 7 #

Orienteering 2:49:32 [2] 12.52 km (13:32 / km) +40m 13:20 / km

Things that are getting on my Tatas today:

1, People who drive in from a county with no common borders, walk 2km and take out the best five zones in Falkirk. You're not helping, and you're not welcome.

2. People who, when they see you coming, turn off their GPS and go hide in the bushes until you pass by. It's a 'B' at the start of my nick, not a 'T' - don't treat me like a duck.

Clockwise reverse of Sunday's route. From town to Rosebank, Forth & Clyde to Helix & Kelpies, and home via Middlefield and Ladysmill.

Tuesday Apr 6 #

Orienteering 2:04:47 [2] 9.55 km (13:04 / km) +90m 12:29 / km

Collecting some rarely-visited zones to add to the total.

From the skatepark into Callendar Park, and round the first four zones. Up into Hallglen for a couple, and on to south Bantaskine for the battlefield pair.

Back via the canal to the High station, into Callendar Park to complete the round there, and back to town.

Started snowing as I left CP, despite there not being a cloud in the sky.

Monday Apr 5 #

Orienteering (Turf) 3:06:11 [2] 12.39 km (15:02 / km) +100m 14:27 / km

Sun's out - fun's on

Gorgeous Easter Monday, so time to get out and do a bit.

One outcome from the Turf International is that, with all the daisy wheels getting pulled, the Falkirk turf zones are now worth serious points, and many of them are still neutral, so there are points to be won.

From town to north Bantaskine, up to Summerford (work going on to rebuild the picnic area) and joined the canal at Lock 14. Canal bank progress to the wheel, with a couple of detours to pick up outliers in Camelon. Wheel zones taken, including the two in the woods, Through the short tunnel onto the Union Canal, down through Tamfourhill to pick up another seldom-visited zone, and rejoined at the red bridge to finish out along the top canal, to Falkirk High station and back into town via the hospital.

Sunday Apr 4 #

Orienteering (Turf) 2:05:16 [2] 9.7 km (12:55 / km) +40m 12:39 / km

Age and treachery 1: Youth and Skill 0

Took advantage of everyone being burst after yesterday's sterling Turf efforts (for the record, Scotland beat Skane 11-4, with little help from me, but I'm always one to climb on someone else's bandwagon) to get out today for the start of the April round.

Familiar route, Middlefield, Helix & Kelpies and F&C canal to Rosebank, then back into town. Seemed that no matter which way I turned, the stiff breeze was against me, so reasonably happy with the output here.

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