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Training Log Archive: Nadim

In the 7 days ending May 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 7:01:14 13.2(31:55) 21.24(19:50) 27453 /56c94%
  Bicycling6 3:50:53 52.76(4:23) 84.91(2:43) 748
  Hiking1 7:29 0.26(28:49) 0.42(17:54) 9
  Total7 10:59:36 66.22(9:58) 106.57(6:11) 103153 /56c94%
averages - sleep:6.3 weight:207.4lbs

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Saturday May 25 #

3 PM

Bicycling (Road) 56:33 [3] 13.81 mi (4:06 / mi) +226m 3:54 / mi
slept:7.75 weight:207.9lbs (injured)

From Northfield Rd., to Moorland Rd., to Glenwood Rd., to Old Georgetown Rd., to Poindexter Ln., to Tilden Ln., to Morcliff Rd., to Tuckerman Ln., to Falls Rd., to Glen Rd., to S. Glen Rd., to Glen Mill Rd., to Old Barn Rd., to the end of that and back to Glen Mill Rd., to Boswell Ln., Piney Meetinghouse Rd. I rode out to the first Summer Sort Series training event of the year. Peggy had setup Unsynligo courses through the Serpentine Barrens map--no actual controls in the woods. It was 89 F when starting. I met her and Samantha there. This one-way ride was overall uphill. Climbing out of the last big hill, I turned left by mistake, since I was tired and usually drive a different way to this park. On average, I did have the south wind at my back. I have a long way to go to be riding better. I feel weak on the hills but today I was doing better at spinning faster and rolling through the bottoms of a valley and up the next hill.

Hiking (Terrain) 7:29 [1] 0.26 mi (28:49 / mi) +9m 26:06 / mi

From Pineymeetinghouse Rd., I walked into the corner of Serpentine Barrens park, then along the road to get to the start. Though Peggy had brought my bag of O-clothes to change into, I'd forgotten to pack socks. It was too warm to pack pants so I started out in bicycling shorts and a tech shirt. Peggy had established the start in the power lines. When I got to the start triangle (a dirt road bend near a building), I couldn't seem to get the Usynligo app to work.

Orienteering (Foot) 59:06 intensity: (30:00 @1) + (29:06 @2) **** 2.02 mi (29:15 / mi) +36m 27:42 / mi
spiked:9/10c (injured)

Serpentine Barrens Conservation Park, MD. I pressed start on the Usynligo app but didn't hear anything nor see any changes on-screen. I fidgeted with the app and my phone a while but I couldn't get my phone to change the setting to allow the app to share my location all the time as instructed. I eventually started my watch and went on. I walked the whole course. My right knee hurt more doing this than it had when I was cycling.

Though I was a little bit off on my way to #1, I hit it pretty well. I didn't hear anything from my phone to indicate that I'd arrived.

Going into the thorns, the area seemed overgrown. I found some passages but either summer-like growth, or the spreading of the thorns had made it difficult to confirm my position. I found the test location fencing on my right instead of my left, so I went to it and around it on the right side. I got around the edge of the green and found what I thought were the boulders.

Heading to #3, I used what corridors through the thorns that I could find. The green on the map had expanded in many places to the point where I'd show solid green now, but even in these places, passage was slightly easier remnants of the corridors than other places. I did find some things to ensure myself that I was navigating well enough. Once I got to the stream, I recognized some ditch junctions and thus, I knew my location. I set a bearing but needed pass through a rough open area to be fully sure. From there, I adjusted my bearing and saw the 2 boulders just as Heidi Onkst was leaving.

I went straight towards #4 and gained ground on Heide as she was a bit to the left. She got there before me.

I again went straight towards #5. I knew what the distinct tree looked like and was right on target. I almost caught Heidi on this, as she was off to the right initially.

I again went straight towards #6. I passed Heidi as she drifted left. She also had stumbled going over a mapped dot knoll. I think it had been wet in a depression on the other side.

I led going left around the mapped green in the power lines. Heidi followed me through the thorns. I may have cut the going around too short since I got scratched-up a bit on my unprotected parts of my legs. Heidi even cleared off some big thorn that had lodged on the back of my shirt, and then she got scratched by them. Once across, Heidi jogged ahead. I walked again and got there first since she was off to the left, and there was a new rootstock near there. It was good to get confirmation from Heidi's app.

Heidi led towards #8 and we were right on the line as we crossed the small, almost dry stream bed. I guess vegetation had pulled her to the right. I recognized the drift but finding a boulder cluster, I corrected my bearing to the left even more and got there first.

Heidi jogged ahead on the way to #9. I thought we were on the bearing pretty well but I was unsure when not seeing the mapped rootstock 1/3 of the way there--there was a rootstock that could have been it, but it had eroded away to almost nothing. As Heidi approached the green parts, she kept going. I figured I'd go around to the left, then cut south to the control. The thorns had expanded again so I had to cross them when Heidi indicated that her app told her she was there. She couldn't see the manmade object, but soon left. After making my way there, I went to the ditch and soon found a hunter stand about 13-14 feet up in a tree.

I was alone again going to #10. I found the corridor that I needed and it was thornier than it had been. Going up the hill, even though I was just walking, I could feel that I was tired. I spiked the boulder. and finished up by spiking the dot knoll.

Those who came went to dinner together, and we sat outside.

Friday May 24 #

5 PM

Bicycling (Road) 59:28 [3] 15.57 mi (3:49 / mi) +285m 3:37 / mi
slept:5.6 weight:207.9lbs (injured)

From Northfield Rd., to Bradley Blvd., to Seven Locks Rd., to Democracy Blvd., to Falls Rd., to Tuckerman Ln. to Old Georgetown Rd., to Huntington Pkwy. to Custer Rd., to Northfield Rd. It was in the mid-80s F with only a slight breeze from the west. I felt slow and I couldn't tell if it was just less efficiency out of my new bike (I'm riding taller due to frame geometry) or me being out of shape. It was probably more of the later.

Thursday May 23 #

4 PM

Bicycling (Road) 1:00:30 [3] 15.05 mi (4:01 / mi) +132m 3:55 / mi
slept:5.5 weight:207.4lbs (injured)

From Northfield Rd., to Moorland Ln., to Glenwood Rd., to Old Georgetown Rd., to Kingswood Rd., to Hurst St., to Grosvenor Rd., to Beach Dr./Jones Mill Rd., to Wise Rd., to Pomander Ln./Shepherd St. to Brookeville Rd., to Bradley Blvd., to Glenbrook Rd., to Wilson Ln., to Custer Rd., to Northfield Rd. Before I started out, I raised my seat. However about a quarter mile out, it shifted because I hadn't tightened it down enough. I circled back and fixed it. When I got going again, I thought it might have been too high, but later when riding it felt okay. There was auto traffic in places and that slowed me down. It was humid too. I got going relatively early since I didn't work late. I was trying to beat a storm that I saw approaching on radar, that once again split as it got close to DC, so really no rain came.

Wednesday May 22 #

1 PM

Bicycling (Road) 3:40 [3] 0.63 mi (5:49 / mi) +8m 5:35 / mi
slept:5.5 weight:206.2lbs (injured)

From Bethesda Ave. to Clarendon Rd., to Clardon Rd., to Denton Rd., to Elm St., to Exfair Rd., to Clarendon Rd., to Bethesda Ave. The bicycle that I wanted to test ride had gotten to the store and was ready. I rode it and liked it well enough. Though I'd fixed my existing road bike up again, I need a more reliable bike to do the riding that I'm hoping to do over the next few months. It'd been 25 years since I'd gotten one so I finally did it. It's not exactly what I wanted but it should be more than adequate. It's a Trek Emondo ALR 5; an aluminum model. My last bike was a carbon framed Cannondale but I had a Trek before that.
8 PM

Bicycling (Road) 25:54 [3] 6.38 mi (4:04 / mi) +75m 3:55 / mi

From Northfield Rd., to Custer Rd., to Wilson Ln., to Bradley Blvd., to Fernwood Rd., to Marywood Rd., to Kirkdale Rd., to Bull Run Pkwy., to Singleton Dr., to Ryland Dr., to Old Georgetown Rd., to Huntington Pkwy., to Custer Rd., to Northfield Rd. After dinner I went out for a short spin. The sun set during this. Some deer were crossing the road on Bradley Blvd., so I blocked off the road for them. This ride was fun, but my seat was set too low. I hope to try again tomorrow but it's supposed to rain.

Tuesday May 21 #

5 PM

Bicycling (Road) 24:48 [1] 1.32 mi (18:47 / mi) +22m 17:53 / mi

From Northfield Rd., I did some extremely light bicycling, as Samantha walked around the neighborhood. Peggy thought this should be a zero intensity but I reserve that for reading.

Sunday May 19 #

12 PM

Orienteering (Course Setting) 3:07:10 [1] 5.18 mi (36:08 / mi) +128m 33:34 / mi
spiked:19/21c slept:7.0 weight:207.8lbs (injured)

Patuxent River Park, MD. From Croom Airport Rd., I went out on a loop to check and streamer control location sites for QOC's upcoming "The Chase"; a.k.a. the Beer Chase! It had rained a lot over the last week so marshes were full. The rain wasn't the only reason for the overall wetness; beavers have been busy. It's not often that one hears the sound of water when near a marsh but it was common today as it spilled over beaver dams or across small log jambs. Dave Linthicum's new map is pretty good. It captured the many new trails and updated the vegetation. There were still some areas that didn't match-up but it was minor--verge along roads/trails. and some deadfall Stilt grasses were starting to grow up in the lower lying areas and that will make things harder on June 16th.

On this loop, in separate places, I got very close to 2 fawns. The first took off about 5 ft. in front of me--that's unusual because they usual stay put to keep hidden. The second one I saw while just about 1 foot away. I was about to step on it, as I had been looking at the beaver accomplishments in the marsh and saw it about at the last second. It remained as still as it could but it looked scared and was breathing hard. I lay with 2 legs stretched out in front and 2 going the other direction in back. Deer splits.

Orienteering (Course Setting) 2:08:20 [1] 4.22 mi (30:25 / mi) +97m 28:23 / mi
spiked:20/20c (injured)

Patuxent River Park, MD. From Croom Airport Rd., I went out on a 2nd loop I moved better on this loop. The terrain was less hilly/easier to cross, and I had more White/Yellow course controls to visit. Except at a road crossing, I didn't see or hear anyone. The birds were active.

Orienteering (Course Setting) 46:38 [1] 1.78 mi (26:12 / mi) +13m 25:37 / mi
spiked:5/5c (injured)

Patuxent River Park, MD. From Croom Airport Rd., I went out on a shorter 3rd loop. I was getting tired and by the end, and my neck got droopy. Finally by this time, the sky had cleared-off and things were starting to dry. Butterflies came out in groups.

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