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Training Log Archive: barb

In the 7 days ending Feb 15, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 5:20:28
  Hiking1 40:00
  Bicycling1 4:00
  Total5 6:04:28

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Sunday Feb 15, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:17:50 [3]

Butterfly courses set by Leif Lundquist at Ironwood outside of Tucson AZ. Felt pretty slow. No caffeine this morning (unlike yesterday), and perhaps tired from the unusual physical activity (i.e., any at all) from yesterday. Still, no big problems.

Orienteering 30:38 [4]

Well, I psyched my own self out and had a huge error (9-10 min) going to #2. It happened right after a discussion with Ludwig who was looking for the glasses he'd dropped. I thought about staying and helping him look but he urged me on. Other than that, I went faster than I usually do. Fortunately the lost time didn't change my standings any as I wouldn't have beaten Cristina even without the nav error, and the next female finisher was still slower than me. After I found 2 and finally started off to 3, I was telling myself the rest of the race was about how I did on the individual legs, and in fact, I did come in first on 3 legs! Wahoo!


Some photos from Tucson.

Often this do-your-taxes establishment has a guy out front cross-dressed as the statue of liberty complete with the crown, waving and smiling. If PG ever needs to increase business, here's an idea.

Saturday Feb 14, 2009 #

Event: TSN Ironwood

Orienteering 1:07:00 [4]

I was all proud of this time for approx 6 km. I am out of shape so I couldn't go very fast, but I was very careful and spot on with the compass, so there were no bobbles. Everyone else seemed to have some trouble. It helped to have calibrated to the terrain for the past couple of days. I don't think hanging a few controls helped in terms of knowing the courses; I didn't recognize anything I traveled over. It's tricky terrain because it's so subtle, and there are a lot of small washes that might be on the map but might not - and it's very very prickery, cacti and other thorns everywhere. But it's fairly open, and the ground is dry but soft, and you can pick landmarks (often saguaros) from a distance while you're following a bearing.

Orienteering 40:00 [1]

Control pickup. Talked to a guy on a bike and invited him to tomorrow's events; he might come.

I seem to be mostly over the cold! Here's my recipe for recovering from a rhinovirus: take a lot of echinacea, drink a lot of fluids, sleep as much as possible, and go orienteering near Tucson.


The kids made it safely to Erie yesterday. The air crash in Buffalo on Thursday was spooky, because sometimes they fly to Buffalo in a commuter jet from Boston.

I have been enjoying Peg Davis' hospitality. Her brother is also staying with her, from Michigan I think.

At the meet today there were maybe 40-45 people. 3 from NEOC, at least 2 from BAOC, I think 3 from San Diego, some from Phoenix, 1 from Michigan (not Peg's brother, but rather Mike Minium). Small but geographically diverse. We're apparently expecting more people tomorrow for the butterfly courses and the sprints. If I can beat Cristina in the sprints, then my sprint points will rock. That might require some serious psyching out because she'd have to make some major errors since she can run about twice as fast as I can. I'll have to start my campaign at our valentine's dinner tonight. Not sure how I'll do it yet. First thing to do is to have her run too hard in the morning course so she's tired.

Friday Feb 13, 2009 #

Orienteering 45:00 [1]

Hanging controls

Hiking 40:00 [1]

Set off in the Tucson Mts but was feeling tired and sleepy, so I pulled off the trail and laid down and took a cat nap and then walked back to the car. Was thinking that with this cold I should probably pay attention to the signals saying to rest.

Thursday Feb 12, 2009 #


Have a cold. :-(
Flying to Tucson today. Kids fly to PA tomorrow.

Orienteering 1:00:00 [1]

Hanging controls for the Tucson meet. Saw a coyote and a rabbit and a guy in a pickup truck.

Monday Feb 9, 2009 #

Bicycling 4:00 [3]

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