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Training Log Archive: wilsmith

In the 1 days ending May 11, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:21:00
  Running1 15:00
  Total1 1:36:00

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Sunday May 11, 2008 #

Orienteering race (Middle) 46:00 [4]
shoes: 07 VJ Integrator

Sooooo, pretty much a disaster on my part in the Stars WRE event.

The courses were very well-set within the area, and the controls were in the right places. And the map was pretty solid too. The fault for my sub-par performance is therefore all my own.

Generally, never felt really into the race. Didn't feel comfortable with the terrain and map. I don't mind low-relief areas, especially very detailed ones, but I really don't like uber-dense trail networks. This map would be a world-class MTB-O area (and I certainly hope that someday soon we get to try it out - hint, hint Nick...). I suppose I generally love orienteering because it gets me off the trails and into the woods. But for this race, it didn't make sense to run in the woods a while lot of the time, and I think I was getting irritated with that as the race progressed.

But more importantly, I felt tired. Very tired. In retrospect it is likely mainly due to the two sleepless nights and the long drive down. With the interval training going on as well, it is possible that that has some contribution. Combine that with still fighting off a cold that has plagued our house (Katta and Mia more than I though) since the US Relay Champs, plus a solid 38-hour driving stint last weekend, and I guess there's the answer. Still, I had been hoping to pull it off, hoping that the fatigue wouldn't matter. I was wrong.

On a day where mistakes would be inevitable, I certainly made my share and then some. Small errors on 1, 3, and 4 set the tone. They were followed by little bobbles on the rest. I think I dropped around 3 minutes on the first loop. On the second loop, I got messed up on #2 (not trusting the trail, which for some reason didn't line up with my interpretation of the map and compass picture), coming out to the road on the south edge of the map and losing 2+ minutes there. Missed the next control as well (30 sec). Settled down a bit after that, though by that point I was no longer really racing - just cruising to the finish. Finished something like 5 minutes back - not a good performance by any real measure of things.

After the finish I grabbed Mia, then once Katta finished (in an impressive win, particularly since she was considering not running at all due to illness) we went to the van. I promptly fell asleep there (as did Mia), in between the middle and sprint events. Hydration? Eating? Cool-down? Fuggedaboudit...

Orienteering warm up/down 20:00 [2]
shoes: 07 VJ Integrator

For the above.

Orienteering race (Sprint) 15:00 [4]
shoes: 07 VJ Integrator

Waking up and forcing myself to get out there and run the sprint felt like quite a chore. Still tired, and with a sore right calf plus a stitch in my side from the morning's efforts, I knew it wouldn't be a real party. Even less excited when Katta (who ran before I did - and won again) said, "you'd better be ready to do some running...".

However, I did get out there and did force myself to make it around the course. Pretty straightforward course, really. I did manage to make a 7-second mistake by misreading a trail and pausing to correct, and got caught in an unexpectedly-dark green patch en route to #3, losing a whopping 15-20 seconds there as well.

Would not have managed Jon's time, however, given my physical and mental tiredness on this day. Still, pleased with the effort (or at least glad I made myself get out and about).

Running warm up/down 15:00 [3]
shoes: 07 VJ Integrator

For the above.

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