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Training Log Archive: jjcote

In the 7 days ending Jul 28, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 1:26:03 4.35(19:47) 7.0(12:18)22 /32c68%
  Running in terrain1 1:13:07 4.75(15:23) 7.65(9:33)
  Bicycling1 56:01 8.13(6:54) 13.08(4:17)
  Sit-ups4 6:40
  Push-ups4 2:55
  Hang gliding!1 2:41 0.43(6:16) 0.69(3:53)
  Pull-ups3 36
  Total6 3:48:03 17.66 28.4222 /32c68%

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Saturday Jul 28, 2007 #

Orienteering 1:05:58 [3] ***** 4.2 km (15:42 / km)
spiked:9/16c shoes: VJ Integrators #2

COC Middle Distance Champs, Eb's Trails. This may be the first time I've used the "Intense!" technical intensity designator. The 9 controls I have listed as spikes are a little different than what that would mean in other terrain, since they were typically taken very slowly and not necessarily very straight. The topography here was excellent, like the best of the VWC97 stuff at Camp Ripley, or better. I can't say the same for the vegetation, however. It was more like the 1994 US Champs in Anchorage. Very thick, both in terms of visibility and the ability to go in the desired direction. And there was something growing here and there that reminded me of devil's club; I didn't stop to make a definitive identification, but I have that barberry-like thorns-in-the-knees issue, and at one point I came up with a very painful handful of tiny spikes. White woods was pretty thick, light green was definitely to be avoided, medium green was not quite bulletproof. Then on top of this was the tornado damage from a week or two earlier, so there were randomly felled tall spruce trees scattered through the forest, completely blocking your progress but not shown on the map. Sand terrain like this can be excellent fun if you can see where you're going, but was decidedly less so with this sort of vegetation. Still, the most significant errors were mostly my fault, the exceptions being that some were exacerbated by the fact that the laser printing was such that in full sun, I was completely incapable of distinguishing between light green and light yellow, and there was quite a bit of both on the map. If the printing technology doesn't improve, I'm going to have to give this sport up, or at least stay away from certain kinds of terrain.

Friday Jul 27, 2007 #

Orienteering race 20:05 [4] *** 2.8 km (7:10 / km)
spiked:13/16c

COC Sprint Champs, University of Saskatchewan, M21E. Nice campus for this, buildings pointing at strange angles to each other. My first error was due to some quibbles that I have with the map, the second was a vague control placement, and the third was simply my going into the space between the wrong two buildings, and not being too clean in the final few meters. I had some difficulty with the light colors (e.g. building pass-through) being difficult to read. And I was also just not running as fast as other people!

Thursday Jul 26, 2007 #

Note

The schedule during the trip to the COCs in Saskatchewan wasn't particularly conducive to doing -ups, so I just skipped them.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007 #

Sit-ups 1:40 [5]

Push-ups 25 [5]

It's possible that I also did 25 more push-ups and a dozen pull-ups, but I was trying to get a lot done that morning and I lost track.

Hang gliding! (West Rutland) 2:41 [4] 0.69 km (3:53 / km)

A new PR for longest flight, right about 30 minutes in the air. Launch conditions were great, and I managed to stay closer to the ridge this time and make use of the lift band. Got to 600 feet over launch, well above the mountaintop. Nancy came along and got a few nice photos, and I also got almost the whole flight on video with my tail-boom mounted camera, but it gets pretty monotonous to watch after a while—needs editing. Time logged was sprinting back to the parking lot to get my car when the time came to load up my glider for the trip home.

Tuesday Jul 24, 2007 #

Sit-ups 1:40 [5]

Pull-ups 12 [5]

Push-ups 50 [5]

Monday Jul 23, 2007 #

Push-ups 50 [5]

Pull-ups 12 [5]

Sit-ups 1:40 [5]

Sunday Jul 22, 2007 #

Bicycling 56:01 [2] * 13.08 km (4:17 / km)

Running in terrain 1:13:07 [2] ** 7.65 km (9:33 / km)

A combination MTB and running excursion in Dana. The running part is the northern loop. Bikes are allowed only on paved roads in Quabbin, although I did go up one overgrown trail that they neglected to post. The spot where I started running was at a sign reading "No bikes allowed beyond this point". What are they worried about? It was a smooth dirt road that I could comfortably have driven on with my car at 40 mph. Are bikes going to hurt it more than the heavy logging equipment that they apparently allow up there from time to time to do selective clearcuts? Grumble. Anyway, I found the benchmark on top of Whitney Hill, which was nice. The woods up there were pretty pleasant, though on the next hill north they were quite thick, and it was variable on the way out to Skinner Hill. Generally kind of bland forest, but it might be nice for a Rogaine. Better to pick a time of year when the ferns aren't so lush, though. AOWN of the finest kind: while taking a stroll out on the point at Graves Landing, I caught a whiff of a familiar aroma — blueberries! Picked and ate a few, but most weren't ripe yet, and the ones that were didn't taste like much. But I'm not complaining.

FDFs:5, J-J:several dozen, hair:16, hat:total carnage
This was a white painter's hat that seems to have come from some NEOC meet (because it has a troll printed on it), with blue painter's tape all over the back, secured with a strip of ductape along the lower edge, and tanglefoot. Most of the ones that I swatted were hitchhiking on my shoulders, suggesting that the "blue vest" approach may also be worth investigating, a strip or two of blue ductape across the back of the shirt with tanglefoot. I went to Dana specifically because it was the site of the nastiest FDF experience I've ever had, a couple of years ago. The first one on the hat today wasted no time, he alighted just as I was finishing spreading the tanglefoot, before I even put the hat on my head. I encountered a couple of people also on bikes early on, and the woman was swatting at the FDFs orbiting her head, so I pointed out the clever hat I was wearing, and her husband seemed intrigued. I guess I already had three or four by then. I could tell there were a lot of them around, but they weren't particularly bothersome. When I got back to the car, holey moley. I hung the hat on my windshield wiper and contemplated it while I sat inside and had a snack. I also realized that there were some caught in my hair in the back, which I extricated. Don't know whether they just crawled in there looking for something to bite, or if they bumped the tanglefoot just enough to get a little sticky, and then wound up getting stuck to my hair. I think I have more hair than any of the Blue Hat People except for Barb, and I think I need to tuck it up under the hat next time. The hat wasn't out of room, but it was getting pretty crowded, with FDFs on top of other FDFs in a few places. I tried to count them, but I just couldn't do it. I was up in the 60s when I was roughly 1/3 of the way across the hat, so I'll call it something in the neighborhood of 200. I took some pictures, but I don't know about posting them, they're just too gross. Hard to imagine what this trip would have been like without the sticky blue hat.

Note

Hey, how about this for a sprint map? But don't get too excited, the chances of getting permission to use the area (though publicly owned), are essentially zero.

When I left Dana, I went to the home of my old friend Dana for a cookout. But it ended earlier than advertised, and everybody had left (including him). Bummer.

Pull-ups 12 [5]

Sit-ups 1:40 [5]

Push-ups 50 [5]

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