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Training Log Archive: maprunner

In the 7 days ending Dec 9, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteer2 3:31:37 10.19(20:46) 16.4(12:54) 395
  yoga1 30:00
  aerobics1 30:00
  jog/walk1 15:00
  Total5 4:46:37 10.19 16.4 395

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Saturday Dec 9, 2017 #

9 AM

orienteer 2:31:41 [3] 12.5 km (12:08 / km) +268m 10:58 / km

Frosty 40 (or Tinsel 20) at Ft Leavenworth

My goal for this local O season is to recruit more women to orienteering. So I had volunteered to join a team, if needed. Connie introduced me to 2 women who had been to a few events but wanted some more guidance on orienteering. Katie and I went together the whole time; Wendy and her son Henry (in a stroller) were with us for the first few controls only.

I gave them a little bit of instruction at the beginning, and let them lead to the controls. They were both very good at map-reading. And were very fit. It was hard to keep up with them on the flat roads. But I was much better than Katie in the woods.

A few markers were misplaced (34, 37, 3) but that provided a chance to give some instruction on reading the map and dealing with adventure race course setting.

Thursday Dec 7, 2017 #

yoga 30:00 [2]

Tuesday Dec 5, 2017 #

aerobics 30:00 [3]

Monday Dec 4, 2017 #


I was supposed to go to Zumba tonight, but I just didn't want to go. So I didn't.

Sunday Dec 3, 2017 #

7 AM

jog/walk warm up/down 15:00 [2]

8 AM

orienteer 59:56 [3] 3.9 km (15:22 / km) +127m 13:13 / km

OINK day 3, AJ Jolly Park. Sunny and 3C at the start.

They told us at the start "it's rough at the beginning but it gets better".
I should have heeded the warning and gone around to 1. Instead, I went on the trail until it bent and then plunged into the thicket. It was very slow going, hard to keep a straight line, had to bend over all the time. Somewhere in here I broke off my magnifier, went through the rest of the race without it.

I was very slow to 1, but found it without too much trouble. I had a hard time keeping a straight line to 2, but I knew I had to turn right when I hit the stream. Did OK on 3, then totally missed 4. Walked right past it. I was expecting it to be in the top of the ditch, so I kept going, until I saw the power line and turned back. I did remember to use my system to stop and think before deciding what to do next, so I'm pleased that seemed to work.

Thankfully, the woods opened up after this. After 6 we left the woods and it became a long sprint-like course. I told myself to keep up the pace but not to worry about speed, since I had none today. Three days of racing is still too much for my body.

The only other control that gave me any trouble was 14. First I ran a bit too far to the edge of the parking lot, and then when I backtracked, the woods were really thick and crappy and it was steep drop down to the control. I refused to leave the parking lot until I could see the boulder or the marker. As I slid down on my butt, I was thinking "I hope this control isn't on the brown course" (It wasn't).

I'm generally pleased with the weekend. I wasn't perfect, but I lost much less time on any individual control, which was what I was trying to improve. It helped that these were middle courses with lots of short legs, but it still required concentration and patience not to blow up on any one of them. My speed is till slow in the woods (and due to map reading) but I can work on those this winter season.

Speaking of winter: when I was at the QOC champs, many folks told me they would never go to Cincinnati in December for O. Granted, the weather could have been nasty (instead it was >15C every day) but I was still surprised. I'm even more surprised when I see how many folks I follow on AP were outside this past weekend, and many of them went orienteering (locally). So maybe it wasn't the fact that it was orienteering in Dec that held them back, but the travel? I guess I can understand that.

Those of us who did attend had a good time! I'm glad I went. Thanks OCIN!

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