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Training Log Archive: cporter

In the 7 days ending Oct 20, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:46:59 8.2(20:22) 13.2(12:39) 42030 /36c83%
  Total2 2:46:59 8.2(20:22) 13.2(12:39) 42030 /36c83%

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Saturday Oct 20, 2012 #

Orienteering race 1:48:29 [5] **** 8.9 km (12:11 / km) +290m 10:29 / km

NAOC Long Day - Since I am by no means in long distance orienteering shape, I wasn't sure what to expect from this race. I really just wanted to repeat what I did in the middle and navigate well, and just pace myself so that I didn't turn into an aimlessly, rambling mess in the woods tripping over every other log! By that metric, I have to say the race was a success.

Overall, I felt pretty good navigating again today. There were no controls that I really bombed, however I do think I had a couple less-than-optimal routes, or could've-executed-that-better routes. Again, like yesterday, especially towards the "overrun by oak sapling" end of the map, I felt myself hesitating some-what, only to be frustrated when I hit the control bang on.

Again, my need for speed was an issue, but considering how not in shape I am, I felt like I moved through the woods pretty well for the majority of the course. Now, I just have to do it faster! Oh, I also have to get more used to spectator controls with cameras (both the still and motion picture kind) surrounding it. That kind of threw me at #14, and I probably lost close to a minute worrying if I'd overrun my control and was nearing the arena.

Friday Oct 19, 2012 #

Orienteering race 58:30 [5] **** 4.3 km (13:36 / km) +130m 11:49 / km

NAOC Middle Day - Really fun race! OK, well it got off to a rough start - it was raining, and I totally blew #1 and had to bail out to the trail, and then on #3 I also was on the wrong side of the thicket from my control, but from then on through most of the course I was really delightfully smooth in my navigation. I maintained contact with the map, had no trouble reading it or navigating right to my controls. In fact, for at least the first 3/4's of the course (until I started to really get tired) I felt that I could navigate much faster than I could run. Even when the bottom dropped out and it began to pour out there I still was able to maintain focus.

After the spectator control on our course, I could feel myself starting to tire physically and mentally and I started to hesitate and move without the same purpose I had earlier in the course, but fortunately I still managed to hang on OK, without totally blowing any of my remaining controls.

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