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Training Log Archive: ebuckley

In the 7 days ending Nov 10, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling4 7:23:00
  Orienteering3 5:15:05 13.42 21.6 90066c
  Running2 1:54:00
  Terrain1 35:00
  Total7 15:07:05 13.42 21.6 90066c
averages - weight:167lbs

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Saturday Nov 10, 2007 #

Running (Road) 25:00 [2]

Warmup. A bit longer than usual because my legs felt a bit off. Just stiff from driving out there I guess because by the time I started they were fine.

Orienteering race (Woods) 1:05:38 [4] *** 8.0 km (8:12 / km) +300m 6:55 / km

Kick-ass run at SLOC's Meramec meet (1:15). Possibly my best run ever. One parallel error on 5 set me back a couple minutes. Maybe another minute total of little things. Moving fast and stayed in good contact. Nice change from last weekend. First ahead of Komm and Frei. Map; I'll add my routes later.

Orienteering (Woods) 1:16:00 [2] ***

Control pickup with Nish. Nice to have company so I didn't think about how beat up I was from the meet.

Friday Nov 9, 2007 #

Running (Road) 1:29:00 [3]

From home to the Clayton MetroLink station plus the 8-minute jog from Union station to work. Includes 20 minutes at something like tempo pace although it's been so long since I've done a true tempo run on the road, I've forgotten exactly what that feels like. Time to break out the HR monitor, I guess.

Cycling (Road) 1:25:00 [2]

Back home via Big Shark where I made my first serious investigation into what I'm going to do for commuting this winter. Options are:

  1. Drive. Not so good because the road I'd use will be closed for two years. As roughly 50,000 other people use that road every day, alternate routes won't be much fun either.

  2. Keep riding the Cannondale. OK, but it would require a lot of cleanup time and I don't think the racing derailleur will work very well when it gets gunked.

  3. Ride the Mountain bike. No problem getting through the muck, but it would still require a lot of cleanup. Also, mountain biking on roads is pretty depressing when you're used to the speed of a road bike.

  4. Convert my track bike. Mainly this would just be getting a front brake on it (either drilling or replacing the front fork). The problem is that the rear stays are so tight, I'd have to use a 22mm tire, which might be a bit dicey in snow/slush/ice.

  5. Get a single-speed commuter. Which brings us to the visit to Big Shark. There are some affordable options that seem OK. Leading contender is an offering from Raleigh that comes with 35mm tires and cantilever brakes. Overkill for sure, but it would work.

Thursday Nov 8, 2007 #

Cycling (Road) 59:00 [2]

In to work.

Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 #

Orienteering (Woods) 23:00 [2] ***
6c weight:167lbs

Warmup on the map.

Orienteering (Woods) 20:27 [4] *** 2.5 km (8:11 / km) +95m 6:52 / km

Emmenegger Test Loop (1:10). PR. A boom on 12 cost me a sub-20 run, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do that over the winter when the vegetation opens up more.

Tuesday Nov 6, 2007 #

Cycling (Road) 57:00 [2]

In to work. Coldest commute so far (35F), but not at all unpleasant as I've dug out all my cold weather gear. I do think I'll need a heavier set of gloves for the winter.

Cycling (Road) 1:30:00 [2]

Back home via Midland. Stiff headwind and chilly, but still quite pleasant.

Monday Nov 5, 2007 #

Cycling (Road) 57:00 [2]

Figured an off day was in order, but Kate needed the car, so I rode in to work. Had breakfast with the Kate & Baby-O, so I didn't head in until 7:00. Traffic was remarkably light and it was nice to ride in the daylight.

Cycling (Road) 1:35:00 [2]

Back home via Kirkwood to pickup some dinner rolls from Great Harvest.


So the string is over. Updated stats:

Days: 35
Days on a map: 35
Total maps: 40
Orienteering maps: 37
Sessions with technical merit: 27
Sessions with near or above threshold effort: 21
Sessions with neither (fluff): 7
Total time navigating: 37 hours 5 minutes
Total controls visited (includes training locations not marked with a flag): 766

Now the big question (as posed by Peter): did it work? Well, certainly not the way I 'd hoped, but as disappointing as the weekend's results were, Friday can be almost completely attributed to being very comforatble reading the map while running fast through the woods. I haven't been very good at that in the past and I did a lot of it last month. That's the funny thing about training; sometimes the unintended consequences are the most significant. At any rate, any month that ends in a National Championship is a good month, so I'd do it all over.

And that brings us to the really good news of the weekend. Upon returning home, Kate and I had a serious conversation (at my request, not hers) about my goals and what it might take to get there. She's been mighty supportive this year and I was concerned her patience might be running a bit thin. Her response (and this is a direct quote): "Take care of the list on the refrigerator and you can do pretty much whatever you want." Now, that's not exactly a blank check - that list has got pretty long so I'll have to cut back a bit just to get it knocked out, but damn, that's about as easy a pass as one could ever hope for. So, we'll try again next year.

Sunday Nov 4, 2007 #

Terrain (Trail) 35:00 [2]

Warmup (25 min)/dn.

Orienteering (Woods) 2:10:00 [3] *** 11.1 km (11:43 / km) +505m 9:32 / km

Somewhat better effort for Day 2 of US Classic Champs at Prince William (1:15), but still pretty lame. Forest was much more open and the terrain was pretty similar to Cuivre River, so I'm not sure why I couldn't put together a better run here. Just sloppy in general with one really bad boom on 16.

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