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Training Log Archive: Sandy

In the 7 days ending Mar 11, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  orienteering2 1:45:43 4.91(21:32) 7.9(13:23)
  Yoga/Pilates1 1:15:00
  walk/jog1 1:01:00
  map hiking1 1:00:00
  hiking1 25:00
  walking1 20:00
  Total6 5:46:43 4.91 7.9

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Sunday Mar 11, 2012 #

orienteering 53:35 [3] 4.0 km (13:24 / km)

More of the same.

1. Knees still feel okay (as in no worse than usual which is all I care about).
2. Read the terrain and vegetation well for the most part.

1. Didn't push hard.
2. Didn't focus any better than Saturday. Sloppy on the way to 1 letting myself drift left crossing the first spur but corrected (30 seconds); not sure what happened on 4 but got pulled way right into the wrong set of rocks again within 30 meters of the control and took too long to figure it out (maybe 2 minutes); sloppy out of 4 as well drifting way left, corrected and then drifted left again; doing fine to 9 but saw a control to my left and figured I'd been messing up enough perhaps I had again and went to check it but no, I'd been heading right to mine and just hadn't seen it yet (about 1 minute); nailed 11 and found a place to rock hop across the creek and must have stopped thinking since I then totally went brain dead and did not stay high enough on the hill and got sucked into some green and kept pushing but in the wrong direction until I finally snapped to and corrected (2+ minutes?).

So much a repeat of Saturday. Not a horrible race but nothing great either. Hopefully though it will get me thinking about training - both the mental and physical part so that Georgia is not a repeat.

Saturday Mar 10, 2012 #

orienteering 52:08 [3] 3.9 km (13:22 / km)

Brown at Birkhead Wilderness Classic.

Taking a cue from Mary, what went right:
1. My knees feel pretty good.
2. No huge errors; always knew pretty much where I was.
3. No trouble reading the terrain.

What went wrong:
1. Never pushed myself to run hard since I'm not in great shape.
2. Made several small errors from just not focusing and planning ahead. Wrong set of rocks on #2 and took way too long to figure it out (about 3 minutes); off to the left on #5 by quite a bit having been distracted by some hikers who wanted to know what was going on (about 30 seconds); hesitation on the way to 6 trying to figure things out that didn't need figuring out but hard to judge how much time I lost; hit the steep earth bank in the green on the way to 9 since I couldn't read the contours due to less than great map printing (about a minute as I had to back track and go around) - the green was fine to go through but it was stupid not to have swung left of the line and head down the small reentrant anyway.

So overall a little disappointed in myself for not having more mental discipline. I knew I wasn't particularly fit so lots of room for improvement there but I should have been able to concentrate better especially since I wasn't pushing hard physically.

Friday Mar 9, 2012 #

map hiking 1:00:00 [3]

Model Event for the Classic Champs. Hiked around on the map trying to make sure I got a good feel for the terrain. I figured out the vegetation and contour stuff, but not the rocks.

Thursday Mar 8, 2012 #

walking 20:00 [3]

Exploring the neighborhood where my sister lives near Charlottesvill, NC. Beautiful day and some nice horse trails in the woods and a paved path around a pretty lake. Not sure how long I walked - probably closer to 40 minutes - but I was leisurely strolling for a lot of it.

Tuesday Mar 6, 2012 #

walk/jog 1:01:00 [3]

TNT - with Sandy on the drive while Jim and Bob did their own thing. We jogged half a mile, walked half a mile, times 3. Although the drive is relatively flat, we did jog the slightly uphill halves and walked the slightly downhill ones.

Monday Mar 5, 2012 #


Decide about OCIN.

hiking 25:00 [3]

Early morning, well not so early really since I slept in as its spring break this week, hike in the Wiss.; just down to the drive and back up again. Definitely feeling yesterday's effort on the up.

Yoga/Pilates 1:15:00 [3]

Yoga class. Focus was on stretching the quads which had me worried since that usually involves a lot of things with the knees bent, but there was very little we did this evening that I had to modify. So a really good class as my quads are definitely tight.

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