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Training Log Archive: maprunner

In the 7 days ending Nov 11, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteer4 3:22:40 7.92 12.74 143
  jog/walk2 42:00 1.55 2.5
  weights1 30:00
  Total5 4:34:40 9.47 15.24 143

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Saturday Nov 11, 2017 #

10 AM

jog/walk warm up/down 20:00 [2]

As I was getting ready, I noticed my Garmin battery was practically at zero. This was really upsetting since I had plugged it in overnight. I really like having my GPS track when I’m done.
Warmed up well, but I was wondering why I never saw Mike near the start. I tried to put him out of my mind and concentrate on the race.
I started my Garmin a minute before, and decided I’d track as much as I could.

orienteer race 1:41:22 [4] 6.2 km (16:21 / km)

The splits will tell the story: 34 minutes on leg 1 (750 meters). 68 minutes for the rest of the course (5.45 k). I’m thoroughly upset with myself for how I handled the first leg. I had plenty of plans and systems to react to mistakes. But I did none of them. A total fail.

Turns out I had made a parallel error. I’ll download my track later. My Garmin battery lasted just long enough to track this mistake. I turned it off for the rest of the course. (Edit: track uploaded below)

At this point, I had relocated to the trail near the start and was ready to attack 1 again. I ate some gorp, drank some water and decided what to do. Quit? Walk the rest of the course? Nope. I decided to give it my all and prove to myself that I could orienteer here tomorrow.

Friday Nov 10, 2017 #

orienteer 20:00 [1]

Easy travel day to DCA. Then a longish drive through heavy traffic to the model event. Then a quick jaunt through the lovely woods. This is going to be a fun weekend!

Thursday Nov 9, 2017 #

1 PM

orienteer 16:27 [3] 2.05 km (8:03 / km) +14m 7:47 / km

jog/walk warm up/down 22:00 [2] 2.5 km (8:48 / km)

Short control picking course on west campus. It was weird to orienteer in the middle of the day while the campus was open. I had to look out for cars and people!

Tried to keep moving the whole time. Big mistake at 8, obviously I wasn't looking at my compass at all. The constant changes in direction made this a bit of a challenge, not the usual easy campus orienteering.

Wednesday Nov 8, 2017 #

weights 30:00 [3]

Tuesday Nov 7, 2017 #


A long day at LeanAgileKC 2017 conference. Exciting, but long. I gave a presentation on my Kanban projects at work. I was the lone manufacturing rep among the speakers. Everyone else works in IT. I don't care, I think Kanban and Agile are totally cool.

Sunday Nov 5, 2017 #

10 AM

orienteer 1:04:51 [3] 4.5 km (14:25 / km) +130m 12:36 / km

Mike and I went to Perry and I ran part of his course from last week. I need to practice running on areas with lots of trails. I tend to either zone out when I'm on a trail, or get lazy and only think about the trail and not the contours or other features. I was advised to skip 1, so I went to 12 first, then onwards.

So my goal today was to always know what I wanted to do with each trail: cross it, turn left or turn right. I give myself a B. I missed one time where I planned to turn left (crossed it instead on the way to 3) and also I expected to follow the straight line from 2 to 3, but I drifted south and crossed more trails than I expected. And on the way to 9, I thought I would cross a trail and keep going uphill, but I misread the contours (I was tired).

I liked the leg to 5. I have problems with long legs and crossing trails, so this was really good practice. Did not enjoy falling over the barbed-wire fence halfway there (Mike had even warned me that there were unmapped fences). As I approached 5, I realized that I should probably turn around in order make it back on time, and I had successfully navigated most of the leg, so I went to 6 instead. This was fun because I had never been in this area before. Scared up a flock of ducks and some pelicans.

The woods here are nicer than Kill Creek yesterday. It was nice to be out, but my legs were tired. I pushed hard at the end, knowing I would be a few minutes late. I pretended I was on my way to the finish at day 2 next weekend, and I should leave nothing in the tank. So I pushed.

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