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Training Log Archive: Sandy

In the 7 days ending Mar 30, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  orienteering3 2:19:17
  trail1 43:44 2.79(15:41) 4.49(9:45) 282
  Total4 3:03:01 2.79 4.49 282
averages - weight:120lbs

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Monday Mar 30, 2015 #


I actually enjoyed most of the drive home on Sunday - but then once home could not get to sleep. Finally fell asleep around 5am for a few hours. Worked at home for the day but was somewhat useless and not at all motivated to do more than an occasional stretch, not even enough to log.

Sunday Mar 29, 2015 #

orienteering race 49:02 [3]

Brown course at the US Champs. I never really got into this course and never pushed myself. Was sloppy on a lot of controls having to hook around to get them. Never more than 10 or 20 meters off, but would have to stop and think and figure out what I had done in order to correct. Just not really mentally into it I guess. Had a decent split to the finish though!

Very glad I made the trip out. The park was really pretty and the orienteering was fine. The company was the best. Just what I needed.

Saturday Mar 28, 2015 #

orienteering race 1:06:16 [3]

Brown Course - F60+
Think I was fourth on the day but I left before results were final - I was cold and my knee was getting really stiff.

My race was fine - nothing special but no major problems. I would have done a few legs differently in retrospect but I always knew where I was and where I was going. Had trouble on one control - navigated right to a depression with a pink streamer in it but no flag. Relocated off a dot knoll with a control (so I know it was the nearby dot knoll that was mapped) and came right back to the depression with the streamer. Was about to just keep going when I decided to check in one other direction before bailing and stumbled on the control. I probably walked within 10m of it on the first pass but didn't see it. It might be in the correct spot - I'd have to go back and look carefully - or maybe the depression with the streamer was the right spot. I heard a rumor that the course setter or vetter or course consultant or someone like that had visited the location after some complaints and determined the control was "protestable". A shame really since the rest of the course was quite nice. I'll have to wait for splits to be posted to be sure but I think I lost about 4 minutes there.

I did some running - not much but probably a lot more than I should have. My knee locked up pretty tight after I finished. It's better now after some stretching and a shower and ibuprofen but it's a good thing there was a shuttle bus to get me back to the Lodge since I don't think I could have made the mile or so walk.

Friday Mar 27, 2015 #

orienteering race 23:59 [3]

Sprint course - F60+
A surprisingly fun but very long (too long) sprint course on a college campus. There were several legs where you had to look ahead or you would get caught. I did that reasonably well for the most part. On 6-7 I went right when I definitely should have gone left but didn't see that until after I was moving but that was probably only 10 seconds or so. On 7-8 I correctly read all the uncrossable walls and took a good route only to lose focus and not keep track of where I was and stood perplexed for 30 seconds or so until I realized I was one building over. Got a little lucky on 11-12 seeing someone take the bridge to the upper level of the building as I was approaching. Hmm...wonder why they're doing that?...oh, I need to do that, too.

Had to stop several times and put the reading glasses on to decipher what was happening. I had them around my neck but I can't read that kind of detail while moving. Mostly walked but occasionally jogged for 30-40 paces when I was on grass. Knee wasn't bad and didn't stiffen up much after finishing.

Wednesday Mar 25, 2015 #

10 AM

trail 43:44 [3] 2.79 mi (15:41 / mi) +282ft 14:19 / mi

Tried to just take it easy so as not to injure myself any further. I have fairly low expectations for the weekend as running for more than 100m at a time is not feasible at the moment. I almost decided to bag the whole weekend and stay home but decided that I would most likely enjoy the atmosphere and staying at the lodge and just being in some new terrain.

It's been a crappy couple of weeks: the stress of the A event and getting ready for the Billygoat meant a little less sleep than usual, I haven't been exercising as regularly as I would like, there are some annoying things at work that just won't get resolved and then the kicker, my son and daughter-in-law are facing a new cancer diagnosis. She starts chemo next week.

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