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Training Log Archive: RLShadow

In the 7 days ending Sep 21, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Course setting3 5:39:00 10.7(31:41) 17.22(19:41) 984
  Walking1 1:18:40 4.52(17:24) 7.27(10:49)
  Orienteering1 24:48 1.37(18:09) 2.2(11:16) 19711 /14c78%
  Total4 7:22:28 16.59(26:41) 26.69(16:35) 118111 /14c78%

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Sunday Sep 20, 2009 #

Course setting 1:30:00 [1] 3.0 mi (30:00 / mi)
shoes: Asics Gel Nimbus 10

Picking up controls after the Rattlesnake meet. Only picked up 6 controls, but they were reasonably difficult ones and there were no trail routes between any of them.

Saturday Sep 19, 2009 #

Course setting 2:14:00 [2] 3.9 mi (34:22 / mi)
shoes: Montrail Mountain Masochist

Setting out controls for the Rattlesnake meet.

Orienteering race 24:48 [4] **** 2.2 km (11:16 / km) +197ft 9:55 / km
spiked:11/14c shoes: Montrail Mountain Masochist

Mendon sprint, Green course.

Finished a somewhat disappointing 7th out of 12 in my age group.

One big mistake, two moderate ones. The big one was going to #12 (a pine tree in a small section of white woods in between two dark green areas). I was sloppy approaching it and apparently got pulled to the left of where I wanted to go, and wound up in some "white with vertical green lines" area. I wandered around for a while, looking for a pine tree, with no success. Then I bailed out to Canfield Rd, about 100 m to the north, and found that I was way west of where I wanted to be. I then got back on track and found it, losing around 3 minutes.

One moderate one was #8, between two thickets. It looked like it was just south of where this trail ended near Canfield Rd, but I think the trail extended beyond what was shown on the map. There was a bit of confusion before I found it, losing 40 seconds.

The last mistake was going to the last control; I think I was still flustered from the big mistake on #12, so I took a very illogical route choice, losing 30 seconds.

My fitness level wasn't the greatest either, having not done any significant running in almost 2 weeks.

All in all, though, I was fairly pleased. Out of 14 controls, I did 11 of them reasonably efficiently, with split times in the ballpark of most others in my age group (although generally a little slower, but not all that much).

Thursday Sep 17, 2009 #

Course setting 1:55:00 [2] 3.8 mi (30:16 / mi) +984ft 24:18 / mi
shoes: Montrail Mountain Masochist

Setting out controls for the model event at Rattlesnake.

Tuesday Sep 15, 2009 #

Walking 1:18:40 [1] 4.52 mi (17:24 / mi)
shoes: Merrell Overdrive

I decided that yesterday's short, easy run didn't do my injured ribs any good -- nothing terrible, but the ribs were somewhat more sore this morning than yesterday morning. My experience from my previous rib injury (from falling in the woods at the Brighton sprint event, like a total klutz) is that continuing to run regularly isn't a disaster but it kept the ribs at a more or less constant level of soreness, apparently preventing healing. So I guess I'll just bite the bullet and take 3-5 days off of running, then do a little running at the Mendon sprint. Plus I'll be getting a fair amount of exercise with setting out controls for the Rattlesnake meet, so I won't be a total slug.

Anyway, I took Homer for a nice long walk this morning. I drove to the North Ponds Park parking lot on Rt 104, then headed to the "bird" trail. I took a few of the side trails that I don't want to bother with while running, and did find that most of them dead-ended, although one came out on a road, which we then took. We also did some more walking on roads, like Orchard to 250 to Kittelberger Park or whatever it's called. Kittelberger is kind of an interesting street, all sorts of things on it. Some semi run down houses like you might be more likely to see in a rural area, a bar, a gun shop, some kind of low-brow apartments, and then the newer and more upscale condos or whatever they are, closer to the park.

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