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Training Log Archive: graeme

In the 7 days ending Sep 22:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling5 8:34:00 104.7(4:55) 168.5(3:03)
  Running3 1:35:00 7.5(12:40) 12.07(7:52)
  Orienteering1 1:10:00 3.0(23:20) 4.83(14:30)
  Total7 11:19:00 115.2(5:54) 185.4(3:40)

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Sunday Sep 22 #

Orienteering 1:10:00 [3] 3.0 mi (23:20 / mi)

Control checking at the VHI Pentlands. Along the bottom, just the WYO + a coupe of technical controls near the wYO start. Really struggled with the
climb in the steep woods, definitely couldn't have cope with the main part. Bailed out by Scotia and Oleg.


Controlling the VHI
Thanks to Scott and Oleg who did all the hard miles everything got checked and I was confident they'd be in he right place. Which they were. Although in some places the map was so bad it wasn't possible to be clear on approach from every direction.
Richard did a superb job on the planning and setting out of flags, leaving me just some minimal input to the course designs - I think short blue is the only one I made serious improvements, and that was the difficult "shortest course going up the hill". We discussed at length having a very long leg even on green, but eventually figured that a 2km leg would be too dominant in determining their results, so went for a more routine low-level "find the flags" option.
Which leaves the question of what is the point of a controller, especially one who can't check the actual placements of the controls, now that all the "overall responsibility" has been passed over to the organiser?
Ali Masson won the Black in 71, a tad longer than the 67 target. Other courses now scale from there, so the VHI winning times are typically in the mid-40s - much shorter than they used to be and I feel too short for a "long" course, but them's the rules.

Saturday Sep 21 #

Cycling 3:40:00 [3] 40.0 mi (5:30 / mi)

With Jane on a glorious afternoon in the borders. Cardrona- Yarrow Selkirk and back on the route 1, the first section if which was offload an a definite error. Punctured just before Selkirk.

This all felt much harder work than it should have :(

Friday Sep 20 #

Running 15:00 [3] 1.5 mi (10:00 / mi)

"Ran" in, but became clear I wasn't going any quicker than the students walking beside me on the hill. So gave up. Jogged home agian.

Cycling 1:15:00 [3] 14.0 mi (5:21 / mi)

With Jane, Silverknowes loop

Thursday Sep 19 #

Running 1:00:00 [3] 4.0 mi (15:00 / mi)

Patchy run helping the KO sprint training at AA. Ran there from work, trotted round watching how it played out, then ran home.

Still limping and feeble, and surprising how much more breathless I get even with such slow running compared with the bike.


First bash at KO went pretty well. Boys all took different options on the gaffles and the routechoices. A little more bramble in AA than one might hope drew blood on bare shins - probably this won't be allowed in WOC but 'twas good to break up the running styles with a few metres in terrain. Kris won all three between 7:20 & 8:30 mins, despite mistakes in each, so length about right.

Wednesday Sep 18 #

Cycling 1:14:00 [3] 18.0 mi (4:07 / mi)

Roslin & Bush loop. Pushing on, felt good. Time might be made up for effect:)

Running 20:00 [3] 2.0 mi (10:00 / mi)

Ran to CToll for drugs in the morning, then home down the hill.

Boots have an automatic monthly repeat subscription, and give me a 28 day supply. Which is annoying. The pharmacist assured me there were two months supply (56 @ two a day). Lucky she's not in a job where exact amounts are important :(

Tuesday Sep 17 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [3] 14.7 mi (4:46 / mi)

With jane, Silverknowes loop.

Monday Sep 16 #

Cycling 1:15:00 [3] 18.0 mi (4:10 / mi)

Craigmillar Roslin Bush. Getting quicker :)

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