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Training Log Archive: furlong47

In the 7 days ending Oct 22, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  horseback riding (western)1 2:00:00
  orienteering3 1:47:37 3.42 5.5 19033c
  Total4 3:47:37 3.42 5.5 19033c

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Saturday Oct 22, 2011 #

12 PM

orienteering race 1:08:54 [3] *** 2.9 km (23:46 / km) +100m 20:16 / km
11c shoes: VJ Integrators

CSU Lynn Woods Middle - Brown (F-Brown)

I've been having a lot of anxiety, and it always seems to apply itself to orienteering more than some other things. (I already know I have to go back to the doctor and get on meds again. But there was nothing I could do in time for this weekend.)

I was already keyed up because I had signed up for F-21+ a couple months ago when I was still feeling fine. I was nervous about having a late start and being out longer than everyone else. I kept hearing chatter about the difficulty of the map which was making me feel even more nervous.

When I set out for the start, I missed the first turn somehow and started following the wrong streamers. (Orange ones I guess for the trail race in the park tomorrow.) I started to feel like it was wrong when I saw controls and runners. I asked someone if this was the way to the start, only wanting a yes or no answer, then felt bad for disturbing her when she launched into some long and confusing answer which did not help. There were others up there with me, I wasn't the only one going the wrong way.

I did go back and found the correct path to start. Having been in embargoed terrain, I felt like I first had to disqualify myself. Then I decided to drop to Brown which I probably would have done anyway upon reaching start. I was feeling frustrated and upset and a little tearful, and was then told I could run Red if I still wanted to, which was the exact opposite of what I wanted, but I guess most people would interpret it the other way. This whole part was really embarrasing.

Frankly, dropping down ended up being the best choice. I took trails to the vicinity of #1 and was having a real hard time even reading what was along the trail. I felt like I was crawling between controls, having to pick my way from feature to feature. I did eventually get more of a feel for the map, but still managed to lose focus at the end and screw up the last control.

So, making it through tomorrow and then I will take a bit of a break to get my head screwed back on straight.

Friday Oct 21, 2011 #

3 PM

orienteering race 33:43 [4] *** 2.6 km (12:58 / km) +90m 11:03 / km
22c shoes: VJ Integrators

CSU Franklin Park Sprint - Red (F-21+)

Really enjoyed this course... didn't expect to be fast, and wasn't, but was relatively clean.

Thursday Oct 20, 2011 #

4 PM

horseback riding (western) 2:00:00 [1]

Rode for 2 hours in the forest and beach at Goddard Memorial State Park in Rhode Island

Sunday Oct 16, 2011 #

3 PM

orienteering 5:00 [1]
shoes: Reebok Troo Flight

I slammed my shoeless foot into the underside of the couch last night, somehow hitting the metal parts of the sofa bed. Pinky toe took the brunt of it, and while I'm pretty sure it isn't broken it hurts pretty badly. Trying to not jam it into tighter fitting shoes, etc. so it might feel better before the end of the week.

Picked up 2 controls on the trail, and that was all.

Not really feeling happy today, either.

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