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Training Log Archive: AliC

In the 7 days ending Mar 27, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 5:06:19 18.15(16:53) 29.21(10:29) 817
  Running4 2:15:19 15.14(8:56) 24.37(5:33) 326
  Hiking1 1:16:22 2.83(26:59) 4.55(16:46) 742
  Drills1 2:06 0.16(13:09) 0.26(8:10)
  Total7 8:40:06 36.28(14:20) 58.39(8:54) 1885

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Friday Mar 27, 2015 #

1 PM

Running 12:21 [2] 1.35 mi (9:09 / mi) +3m 9:05 / mi

Warming up in the much colder weather! Partly a-chatting with Alex.

Orienteering 19:51 [4] 2.75 mi (7:13 / mi) +49m 6:50 / mi

TT Sprint

Happy to have won! Not beautiful orienteering, not yet full speed, but for March and having a bad sore throat, ok.

Started in a minor kerfuffle due to having grabbed the wrong control descriptions (9 Red instead of 7 Green J/ 10 F 21+), but I realized as I took the map from the map bin, so sorted out in time.

1 - Ok, slightly disturbed passing by the very early uncrossable fence without really noticing, but then everything added up.
2 - Easy, went right.
3 - Again easy, read ahead to 4 and 5.
4- Fine on way there, then ran by it and had to turn around! Just a few paces.
5- Fine.
6- Saw that I had to go south and around, but then was too scared to cross the biggish wall-fence even though it was marked as crossable. Bad.
7 - Fine.
8 - Went back down the super-steep hill I went up to get to 7. Perhaps not as good as right route choice without super steepness? Unsure.
9 - Good.
10 - Worst leg! Saw that the closest maybe-way through was a trap, but not the next narrow passage to the left, so attempted that and lost a bunch of time.
11 - Chasing down Alison, unhappy to have lost time to her on 10.
12-13-14 - All fine.
16 - Wrong route choice, Alison caught me again (I went right, she went left). A bit longer my way.
17 - Fine.
18 - Went right, but looks pretty equal?
19 - 20 Fine.
21 - Blah! Did not see the trap at all! So got to the wall E of 21 and stopped and stressed and then ran around north.
22 - Fine.
23 - Read control description carefully, saw it was in N inner corner, thus up, so correctly went over bridge.
24 - Initially thought ropes course was a graveyard, quickly figured out.

Running 5:36 [1] 0.55 mi (10:10 / mi) +2m 10:03 / mi

Wednesday Mar 25, 2015 #

2 PM

Orienteering 1:53:14 [1] 7.2 mi (15:44 / mi) +164m 14:41 / mi

Yay for other astronomer-orienteers! Got an email last week or so from Ann Marie saying she'd seen my name on the conference list and asking if I'd be interested in orienteering at Catalina on the afternoon off- of course!

So Ann Marie, Tom and I headed down after hearing about exoplanet formation theory all morning (the streaming instability and pebbles are all the rage) and geared up for some more desert orienteering.

Scariest things: Hearing a rattle snake! Eep! And got a cholla pod stuck to me for the first time.

Southwest Spring Blue Long (8.3k)

1- Saw a dead snake in the first meadow, eep! Trail to reentrant to second set of double boulders.
2- Bearing and long reentrant right before.
3 - Not sure I ended up in the right small reentrant, or perhaps was in right one just too low. I didn't feel in great contact approaching circle. Deflecting left earlier would have made a surer approach.
4- Used the trail mostly, because so tough to pick ones way amongst the rocks and cacti! Then spotted the proper saguaro and ran to it.
5- Good.
6- Daintily going around cholla forrest. Didn't do a great job of going the right direction on nose, should have noticed change in direction of contours earlier.
7 - Looong leg. Eep! Heard a rattle of a rattle snake. But was already on my way running past the sound, so just kept going. Deflected onto an unmarked trail at one point, had to descent to get back to desired trail. Good after leaving trail, but following indistinct trail was slow.
8 - Easy.
9 - Adventures in washland. Had to get used to what was mapped as what, but then made sense.
10 - Ran past because mini-reentrant itself was nearly invisible, but later trail emerging from wash let me know I went too far.
11 - Good.
12 - Initially too close to road.
13 - Think I must have been one reentrant north...
14 - Initially one reentrant off to the northwest.
15, 16, 17 - Fine, back in washland/campground.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 #

6 AM

Running 55:00 [2] 6.5 mi (8:28 / mi) +120m 8:00 / mi

Morning run with 4 other astronomers (woo!) in Oracle State Park. Tom's boss came back alive, a good thing! Washes apparently can count as trails. Sandy!

Monday Mar 23, 2015 #

6 AM

Running 30:06 [1] 3.09 mi (9:44 / mi) +65m 9:09 / mi

Putter around the grounds of Biosphere 2. Still at a bit of altitude 4500, but legs are just tired from past 2 days.

Sunday Mar 22, 2015 #

11 AM

Orienteering 1:59:44 intensity: (1:30:00 @1) + (29:44 @2) 4.71 mi (25:25 / mi) +405m 20:04 / mi

Wow, first desert orienteering experience. At Rock Spring with leftover controls from last weekend that Tom and I went out to collect in.

Cacti are difficult! All over so it's just a constant dance around them and then there are the particularly evil cholla with their stick-and-become-fishhooks behavior. Had to take my shoes off twice because I just couldn't bear their attack into my skin with every step.

But, there are also some super cool things, like slot canyons and multi-color rock and fantastic visibility and the saguaro cacti which are impressive and don't really get in your way.

I totally was not in touch with the map at the beginning and flung myself way to far to get to the first control, which embarrassingly and due to mistakenly going through some dark green took a half hour, whoops! After that, I modified my plan to basically just include the controls I needed to get, not the ones Tom was in charge of, like my original plan, so did that. Even doing that was out far too long and was super dehydrated at the end, not good!
2 PM

Orienteering 53:30 [1] 3.49 mi (15:20 / mi) +199m 13:01 / mi

After a lot of restoring water, an orange juice and an ice cream sundae (thanks goodness for the cafe there!), headed back out to pick up three of the controls for the adventure race. Got to see some new areas and then had my own adventure, coming back through the creek for fun, but initially missing the trail turn off back to the dirt road. Gosh-a-roni it is not easy.

Saturday Mar 21, 2015 #

11 AM

Drills 2:06 [1] 0.16 mi (13:09 / mi)

A round of drills in the parking lot, waiting for Tom to ready his brand-new day pack for the hike!

Hiking 1:16:22 [1] 2.83 mi (26:59 / mi) +742m 14:52 / mi

Mt. Elden hike with Tom!

The trail started just across the highway from the Flagstaff Mall. So very proximate to town... And the highway noises most of the way up were probably the only downside.

A great and well-maintained trail, neat lava rocky stuff and closer to the top, snow! The final 0.2 miles were slippy, but luckily not post-holey. Summit at 9,301 ft and could easily see Humphries Peak, all of Flagstaff and both the forest and desert beyond.

Also neat: alligator juniper. Notably gnarly trees with scaly-looking bark. They are hearty things, most look like they'd survived a fire or two.. Despite the promise of a few varieties of cactus, we only saw two. An aloe-plant shaped thing and a prickly-pear looking thing.

Running 32:16 [2] 3.65 mi (8:50 / mi) +136m 7:55 / mi

And a bit of a run afterwards, discovered a route that is nearly all trail and doesn't immediately climb all the way up Mars Hill. Win!

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