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Training Log Archive: Spike

In the 7 days ending Sep 24, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering5 4:10:0075c
  running1 1:30:00
  MTB cycling1 45:00
  Total7 6:25:0075c

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Saturday Sep 24, 2016 #

running 1:30:00 [2]

Trail run at Perry with a map in my hand (KP + OSM trails from Strava data).

I did 3x RT/HU/ML/MG.

I also saw a box turtle! The turtle was on the trail very near the spot where Jenny B and I spotted a box turtle a few years ago. It was memorable, not because box turtles are rare but because Jenny was so happy and surprised to see it. I suppose it could have been the same box turtle as we saw. I checked Wikipedia and found:

Once maturity is reached, the chance of death seems not to increase with age. The survivorship curve of box turtles is therefore probably similar to that of other long-living turtles. The average life span of adult box turtles is 50 years, while a significant portion lives over 100 years.

I'd have guessed box turtles lived 5 or 6 years.

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Friday Sep 23, 2016 #

orienteering 30:00 [2] ***

I grabbed a couple of courses from old events at Bonner Park and ran a bit of them. The mapping is a bit odd and the course setting wasn't so interesting. But, having a map in hand was good. The heat wasn't very nice.

I was at Bonner because I went to Cabela's after work and picked up the laser rangefinder that Pink Socks uses. I found it online with a decent discount and when I saw that it was in stock in the KCK store, I decided to go ahead and get it. I'm not sure how much I'll use it, but it sure is slick.


Thursday Sep 22, 2016 #

MTB cycling 45:00 [1]

MTB on the river trails.

I saw Kevin at the trail head and chatted a bit. He was finishing his ride and I was just starting mine. He had some nice words about me keeping my job.


Wednesday Sep 21, 2016 #

orienteering 55:00 [1]

Map walk with Mary at Moreau.


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Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 #

orienteering 1:00:00 [3]

Parts of the Turkey Mountain training course. It started out fine, but I made a bobble on the corridor and then boomed 5. I realized my mind wasn't working very well and decided to carefully walk part of the control picking to get my mind working. That worked. The rough vegetation in the start of the contour only section was draining. So was the heat and humidity.

This didn't exactly feel fun, but it felt useful.


orienteering 30:00 [3]

I wanted to take advantage of the terrain and end the day with a better feeling. So, I did 30 minutes of the other course at Turkey Mountain.

I was worn out by the end.


Monday Sep 19, 2016 #

orienteering race 20:00 [4]

Sprint relay. Fun despite rain making it hard for me to see the map and trouble with stacked formlines.

I went back out after the race and looked at the map where I had trouble. I don't like to be too critical of mappers. It is hard to get it right. But, this was a bogus use of stacked formlines. Maybe if it hadn't been raining I'd have been able to read the map well enough to see that it was stacked formlines. With the rain, I'd noticed the lower formline and just assumed the knoll was a full contour knoll. A full contour knoll with a boulder on the side of it would be unmissable. But, it wasn't a full countour knoll. It was stacked formlines. And not just stacked formlines, but the knoll was really unnecessary. The map would be been easier to both read and interpret without the formline knoll.


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Sunday Sep 18, 2016 #

orienteering race 55:00 [4]

Lots of difficulty reading the map because my glasses got so fogged from dripping sweat. I managed it pretty well, until I didn't see the trail on the way to the last control. I didn't see it on the map, but as I was running near it, I saw it in the terrain and got myself over to the trail.

Mostly good navigation with one rough leg. I just never had a good feeling on 9-10. But it was just one rough leg and otherwise things went ok if slowly.

I beat Linthicum, but not by much.

Also, just a note that I'm starting to run with a compass again. I stopped using a compass a few years ago when there was the first A-meet at Moreau. I haven't used a compass since then. I ran two races in the spring where I had the compass, but didn't use it. I'd gotten so used to not having it that I didn't even know I had it on my thumb. But, at Ward Pound Ridge I both ran with a compass and looked at it. I think I'll keep using a compass and see how that works.


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