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Training Log Archive: TBorish

In the 7 days ending Sep 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 4:50:09 14.49 23.32 595
  Running4 1:31:05 10.15(8:58) 16.34(5:35) 78
  Total5 6:21:14 24.64 39.66 673
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Sunday Sep 25 #


Overall NAOC conclusions: I do have the potential to have good races, but I'm not consistent enough right now. I can't navigate quickly through this tricky of terrain. I need more practice just running in terrain as well. I also still get flustered by having other people around sometimes. In good news, my mistakes were consistently small (no big blow-ups), which is something I can't always say. I'm still not sure what I want to do in terms of competitive orienteering for the next few years. This meet was both motivating and discouraging at the same time. Motivating because I know I have the potential to do well against the women there and I really enjoy it. Discouraging because I know that I just can't get the kind of training I need with my current location and lifestyle (and at this point I would like to finish my PhD). Maybe I could try to stay in running shape and practice sprints and only go to forest races I think I'd enjoy? But that would involve organzing a lot of sprint trainings. I truthfully just need a group of training buddies who live in my area who would make it worth it to me to sacrifice hanging out with my Stanford friends in much more convenient ways (on campus, not needing to always feel like I'm catching up because I've been away all weekend, etc). I know there ought to be enough people in the Bay Area to do this, but I'm just not sure how.

Orienteering 20:00 [3] 1.5 mi (13:20 / mi)
shoes: North Face Trail Ultra 2


Orienteering 18:41 [3] 3.2 km (5:50 / km) +70m 5:16 / km
shoes: North Face Trail Ultra 2

NAOC sprint. This was a clean race. During the first half (before the spectator control, I felt very in control, I had a good flow, and I seemed to be reading ahead. After the spectator control, maybe partly because Ali passed me or partly because we got to the more wooded section, I felt like I wasn't reading the map as well. My main time loss seems to just be speed.

Running 20:00 [3] 2.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: North Face Trail Ultra 2

cool-down from sprint and a couple hours later a warm-up for the relay

Orienteering 14:14 [3] 2.4 km (5:56 / km)
shoes: North Face Trail Ultra 2

Sprint relay. I was on USA team 2 with Michael, Ross, and Alex.

I think this was the disaster of the weekend, even though my teammates pulled through and we ended up in 2nd place (would have been 3rd, but there was a mp). It was very strange to me how little forking there was (controls 1, 9, and 11 only).I had the first forking with Sam, Louise, and Emma W., so I wasn't even sure that was forked at the time since I didn't look behind me. My problem was control 2, however. I'm not sure why, but I misread the map and through I needed to go higher up the hill than I did. I saw the people in front of my punch, but I really thought I needed to go higher so I must have a different forking. Usually whenever I think that it's a bad idea. I lost 20 seconds there. At that point, I was mad at myself and a lot of juniors passed me. I then tried to get ahead of them and succeeded but lost that lead by unnecessarily cutting through medium green when I could have easily run around on the trail. I got ahead again, and retained my lead of the juniors behind me (at that point, the top F21s were out of sight) until control 15 in the cemetery. I literally ran right by the control (it was blocked by a car), didn't see it, hadn't looked at my control descriptions to know what the control was on), and proceeded to look around being confused. Then I saw the control, but Julia got ahead of me. I passed her again. Then, I took a bad route choice and got confused by it to 17, where Julia and Evalin got ahead of me again. I was able to get past them again and at least beat them into the finish, even if I was behind the first pack that I had wanted to be with. Of the sprint relays I've done, I've had good ones at WUOC and bad ones at NAOC and WOC. I don't know if I felt like I had to prove to everyone that I deserved my spot or why I just keep messing up in the sprint relay at NAOC.

Saturday Sep 24 #

Orienteering 30:00 [0]

Walking the model. I got lost on the first control because of the huge amount of rocks! This will be tricky! :-)

Running 10:00 [3] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Innovates 2


Orienteering 1:46:24 [3] 9.1 km (11:42 / km) +370m 9:43 / km
shoes: Innovates 2

NAOC long

I started slowly and made a mistake at the beginning, so Tori caught up with me at control 5. We saw each other on and off for the rest of the course. It seemed that whoever was leading would make a mistake and the other person would get past. Considering how technical this map was and how I haven't orienteered on anything like it for a while, I was actually reasonably happy with the race. I didn't have any big blow-ups and I mostly retained map contact.

I lost at least 5 minutes on control 3 due to a combination of a bad route choice and bad execution of it. I lost about 1 minute on control 4, I think because I was just slow navigating through that terrain. I lost about 1 minute on 5 because of a bad route choice. I lost about a minute each on 8 and 10 because of getting confused and going in the wrong direction near the beginning of the legs. I lost about 30 seconds at 11 due to hesitation and not knowing exactly where I cut across the trail. I lost time on 15 because I can't move through terrain quickly (Tori zoomed past me as soon as entered the woods). I lost about 20 seconds on control 16 because I was trying to catch back up with Tori and not reading the map.

(Distance is straight line.)

Friday Sep 23 #

Orienteering 40:50 [3] 4.6 km (8:53 / km) +155m 7:36 / km
shoes: Innovates 2

NAOC middle.

This race felt very out of control for me. It took me the first few controls to get into the map, and at that point I ran into Stacy and someone else who I ran with for a few controls, and then Hannah caught up to me and we stayed together the rest of the course (one taking the lead when the other made a mistake). I think I was running more than navigating. I lost a minute on control 2 because I was taking a bearing but not reading the features I passed. I lost about 1:40 on control 4. I'm still not sure exactly what happened. A trail that seemed small on the map must have been big in reality because I somehow felt like there was an extra big trail than I was expecting and that confused me a lot. I lost 30 seconds on 5 and 30 seconds on 8, both because I wasn't keeping very good map contact and just going in approximately the right spot (I was feeling very rushed by the people around me). For controls 11 and 15, my splits are comparable to other people around my speed, but I hesitated a lot on 11, and for 15 I was just plowing through green without taking a very accurate bearing. I lost about 10 seconds on 19 and 20 seconds on 20, also because I was trying to stay ahead of Hannah and then get ahead of her again, and I wasn't navigating well.

(Distance and climb are straight line distance since GPS watches weren't allowed.)

Orienteering 15:00 [3] 1.0 mi (15:00 / mi)
shoes: Innovates 2

approximate warm-up (with a warm-up map!)

Orienteering 45:00 [0]

Walking the model.

Wednesday Sep 21 #

7 AM

Running 26:19 [3] 2.97 mi (8:52 / mi) +27m 8:37 / mi
shoes: Asics 16

Includes 4 short striders.

Tuesday Sep 20 #

8 AM

Running 34:46 [3] 4.18 mi (8:19 / mi) +51m 8:01 / mi
shoes: Asics 16

I skipped the track workout because I didn't want to do the entire thing due to NAOC being this weekend, and I had a lot of work and knew I wouldn't want to leave early to get to the track in the evening. To incorporate a bit of speed, I did 4 x 2 minutes picking up the pace.

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