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Training Log Archive: Spike

In the 7 days ending Nov 16:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  MTB cycling1 2:20:00140.0
  running2 1:05:00130.0
  orienteering1 45:0090.0
  Total4 4:10:00360.0

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Saturday Nov 16 #

orienteering 45:00 [2]

Putting out the controls for the Pre-Possum.

When I set courses, I usually put out tapes and test each leg several times. But Knob Noster is a long drive from home. And the day I'd planned to set tapes and test routes, I didn't make it because the roads were sketchy. I'd been to the park once a few weeks earlier and tested some ideas. The leaves were mostly out when I did that. What that meant is I set the course without the normal effort and hung the markers without tapes.

Fortunately, the control features were all pretty distinct and it wasn't too much work to get the markers hung. But it is definitely not a good practice.

You can see the courses on Brooke's log:

My plan for the Pre-Possum was that the courses should be straightforward, but somewhat interesting. I wanted the times to be reasonable so people don't over do it the day before the main race. From looking at the results, I was glad to see reasonable times.

I tried to make the "long" course interesting by adding some direction changes, a bit of tempo change (e.g. the possibility to run trails to 8 and 9), and a few legs that could push you into a parallel error (3, 5, 7 and 10). Oh, and I wanted to keep people out of the less pleasant and more thorny areas.

I was amused that Simon made a big boom to 10 (about 4 minutes lost on a course he ran in 18 minutes).

Knob Noster is next to the Whiteman Air Force Base.* While I was putting out controls a B2 stealth bomber took off. They make a lot of noise. The sound is impressive, but I didn't catch a glimpse of the plane taking off. A couple of hours later a B2 flew right over the start/finish area. That was cool. They are amazing to look at (and depressing to think about them being used to drop bombs on people). Wikipedia has a lot of info about the B2s:


*Mary's dad spent some time at Whiteman (maybe before it was named Whiteman AFB?). I don't know what he was doing there.

Wednesday Nov 13 #

running 15:00 [2]

Very short run. I wanted to make sure my active ankle felt ok. It does. I will probably wear it Sunday.


Monday Nov 11 #


I got all set to go out and put out tapes for the Pre-Possum. I got on warm gear and loaded the car. Then I checked the local traffic web page and the Mo and Ks pages. The roads are sketchy. I decided to stay off the roads. That'll make for a little extra stress putting out markers on the morning of the Pre-Possum. I think that's the best decision.

running 50:00 [2]

I shuffled around on West Campus. Temp was mid 20s but there was a heavy wind. Some snow made for a few slick spots.

The wind...for Veteran's Day they put a dozen or so flags around Pioneer Cemetery. I looped the cemetery today and noticed that two of the flags had fallen down. I figured I should put them back up and jogged over to the flags. Turns out the poles had snapped in half.


Sunday Nov 10 #

MTB cycling 2:20:00 [1]

MTB on roads, bike paths and single track.

I headed out to Clinton Overlook to find Mary, Blair and Sandy. I found Mary and Blair, but missed Sandy. She snuck through when I wasn't looking and hopped on her bike.

I went with Blair across the dam and then biked the road below the dam and back to town on the Lawrence Loop. But I also explored some new single track along the LL. The Connect Church and Kansas Trails Council built a mile (actually slightly longer) of single track just off the Kasold-31st Street bend. It was fun. The trail is new and needs some more use to smooth it out a bit. It'll be the closest single track to our house, so that's nice.

Mary had a little adventure supporting Sandy's day (Sandy did 50K as a mix of trail run/orienteering and biking). She'll probably write it up on her log.


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