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Training Log Archive: maprunner

In the 7 days ending May 18, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  orienteer2 2:13:58 5.78(23:11) 9.3(14:24) 309329.1
  kickbox1 1:00:00180.0
  weights1 30:0090.0
  run/walk2 20:0025.0
  stretch 7 7
  Total7 4:04:05 5.78 9.3 309624.1
  [1-5]4 4:03:58

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Saturday May 18, 2013 #

4 PM

stretch 1 [0]

run/walk warm up/down 5:00 [2]

orienteer race 30:10 intensity: (53 @2) + (26:06 @3) + (3:04 @4) + (7 @5) 3.5 km (8:37 / km) +19m 8:23 / km
ahr:162 max:192

PTOC sprint at Stoll Park. I wasn't psyched to race tonight for some reason. I did OK on the navigation (it was easy) but I didn't keep up sprint pace the whole way. I kept wishing the course would end. Oh well, some days are just like that.

Fun pot luck and short business meeting after that. And we got the check for the OK share of the A meet proceeds :) Woo hoo, our treasury is back to the level before we bought the epunch equipment.

My route

Friday May 17, 2013 #

stretch 1 [0]

Thursday May 16, 2013 #

stretch 1 [0]

weights 30:00 [3]

For some reason, I was really tired tonight and this session really kicked my ass. Could barely make it through the third circuit.

Wednesday May 15, 2013 #

stretch 1 [0]

Missed the "Farewell to Jenny" training tonight, but made it home in time to join the crowd at the Mexican restaurant. I was sad to say goodbye.

Tuesday May 14, 2013 #

stretch 1 [0]

kickbox 1:00:00 [3]

Time for my annual "unusual cross training class". This year, it's kickboxing. I didn't know what to expect from the class. It's officially called "Cardio Kickboxing" which translates to 15 minutes of boxing and kicking, and 45 minutes of circuits and aerobics. I was hoping for more hitting. Oh well. It certainly was a good workout, and it certainly is different than my normal routine.

Monday May 13, 2013 #

stretch 1 [0]

Added notes and QR from the weekend, warts and all.

Overall, it was tough challenging weekend. I'm glad I finished all the courses, and managed to find some of the controls cleanly. My physical condition was fine (I wasn't tired after three races, including a tough long). My concentration and map reading needs work, of course.

Fun times as always, visiting with new and old friends. Great to visit with all the F50s. Nice to have breakfast each day with Peggy, Nadim and Max. Nice dinner with Tom and Lisa and Tom's parents. Fun to travel with Ulrik. Nice to see OKers have such success.

And I met three new folks: Scott Drum, AliC and Oslug. Great to talk with each of them.

Sunday May 12, 2013 #

8 AM

orienteer race 1:43:48 intensity: (22:49 @1) + (32:32 @2) + (45:32 @3) + (2:55 @4) 5.8 km (17:54 / km) +290m 14:19 / km
ahr:154 max:182

run/walk warm up/down 15:00 [1]

stretch 1 [0]

US Champs Long distance: same goal as the other two races: think about navigation, not speed. And try to read the map ahead, instead of reacting. In other words, improve from Saturday's mess.

My concentration was really good at the start, and I had a good plan to 1, which I executed just right. Then I looked at the leg to 2. I stood there for a minute, and I actually said out loud: I don't want to do this leg! I saw the road option, but thought it was too far out of the way. Had I known that the woods from 1 to 2 were covered with slash, I would have taken the road! I did not have fun executing this leg, but I did follow my plan (slowly) and spiked the control.

I felt confident with my map reading and did run as much as I could from 2 to 3 to 4. Then I stood at 4 for a minute or two, planning my route. I decided to attack from the trail bend to the west of the control. I would head SW from 4, climb the hill, and hit the trail.

I have problems with long legs like this. I decide on a route, and then say, just head in the general direction towards the big marsh, then the big hill, then the trail. I simplify and let go of the map, which can be a good technique, if you are skilled at it. I am not. I should never lose map contact.

In this case, I went more W than SW, and hit the small marsh. Stupidly, I thought I had gone all the way to the big marsh to the south (without climbing and descending a very big hill Mary? really??). At this point, I think I made a 90 degree error. I remember turning to the right to skirt the edge of the marsh (I thought I was heading W).

After that, I just started climbing. I did notice that I was fighting against the compass (it seemed to be about 90 degrees off) but I ignored that. Warning sign 1. I also noticed that I was now alone. Warning sign #2. I also noticed that the hill was steeper than I expected. Warning sign #3. Did I listen to any of this? Of course not. I had a plan, to just go with it, not matter what. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

It also appears that I somehow got really turned around in here, and ended up heading north in stead of south. Which I did not notice. I finally hit a tril and headed "south". Ran quite a ways until I hit a big trail junction, which should NOT be there. This I finally listened to. And then I looked down, and could not believe, that I was holding my map 180 degrees off. Really??? OMG, I knew I was screwed.

So I turned around and started running like a mad woman down the trail. Until it started taking funny bends that I didn't expect. Where the hell was I??? I had no idea. Ran a bit further until I saw a huge lake. OK, can't miss that. Fuck! I really screwed up. But now I knew where I was, finally, and I started the long, long trail run back down to 5. I was so glad to finally find that control!

On the way to 6, I took a hard fall and landed on my butt on a sharp rock. It hurt like hell, and I stood there for a few minutes until I recovered and stopped shaking. I looked at the course, and thought about heading back in, since I'd already messed up so badly, and I was hurt. But I decided to continue on.

I'm glad I did, if only because I regained some confidence and finished a tough course. So, I had a moral victory for the day (if you conveniently overlook the total ridiculous screw up that should never have happened).

I have to remember to stay in map contact, even on long legs. I started by practicing on a long course with few legs tonight on Catching Features.

My route.

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