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Training Log Archive: wwk

In the 7 days ending Sep 13, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 2:56:27 5.61(31:29) 9.02(19:33) 197
  Hiking1 40:42 2.1(19:22) 3.38(12:02) 85
  Total2 3:37:09 7.71(28:10) 12.4(17:30) 282
  [1-5]1 2:56:27

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Saturday Sep 13, 2014 #

10 AM

Hiking 40:42 [0] 3.38 km (12:02 / km) +85m 10:41 / km
shoes: Columbia Romero trail runners

Field checking for meet at Tawasentha next week. Literally checking out fields. They all still seem to be there!

Also, the Tawasentha playground has been replaced with some huge climbing structure. Probably 20 feet up to the highest platform, at least, with a big tube slide. Max loves it. Large enough for adults, easily.

Sunday Sep 7, 2014 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 2:56:27 [4] **** 9.02 km (19:33 / km) +197m 17:38 / km
shoes: Columbia Romero trail runners

Green(2) course at Pawtuckaway, third year in a row. How to turn a 5km course into a 9km course (ugh.)

Seems like everytime I come back here I have to learn what a map scale is again. And pacecounting.

Did fine to #1. Got off to #2 in the correct direction but somehow got a little off (to the right I think) and proceeded to walk about 500m to an uncrossable lake at which I point even I knew I did something wrong. I believe I 180d multiple times to fool myself into thinking I was looping back to the control. Or something. Ugh. horrible.

Then on to #3. This time I started off going to the road (who knew a road leg could go wrong!). Tried to go in using the marsh as a handrail, though I knew were I was the whole time, and then once I was "in the circle"... surprise water feature where none should be for 150m at least. Ergh. Stumbled on the little trail; promptly 180d on the trail and figured it out a few minutes later. Came back and got it OK. Took me 1hr 30min to get to this point (maybe 25% of the course distance); should have been ~30 minutes if I was doing OK with some small errors.

After that I was too tired to make mistakes. Considered DNF, but figured "I only come here once a year, might as well give it an honest shot". And the rest of the O went pretty well. Found 4 just fine (went pretty much along the beeline) and saw moose droppings up top there. For 5 I got off the hill OK, followed the stone walls roughly and pinpointed my way to it -- minor parallel error in the circle but lost just a few minutes chasing another "pond".

Went to 6 straight on and hit it. By this point I knew I had to have pretty flawless orienteering to get back within 3hrs. And I just about did that. Followed the trail to 7 flawlessly. Wasted a minute or two on the wrong knoll for 8 and limped in fine after that. 2:57!

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