biking 2:20:00  30.0 mi (4:40 / mi)
a lot of biking today. To work, from work to CSU training, from training to home. On the way home I was really thirsty so I stopped at a CVS and got a liter of chocolate milk. then I was worried that it would explode inside my pack so I had to drink the whole thing. This was fine with me :)
legs feel pretty tired... hard to spend all day on my feet and then go exercise. sometimes I day dream about quitting my job and training 100% but I'm pretty sure that would only be fun for like a week before I got bored.
orienteering 48:00  *** 3.0 km (16:00 / km)
Not the best training that I've ever done. Alexei planned the course to be easy, wanting us to focus on being very clean [read: have a perfect race] and specifically to have a good plan for leaving each control before we got there.
positives first. I was able to plan my exit from each control very well, and executed each plan very well. I was also quite happy to be out in the woods, and had fun.
negatives. I was feeling very sluggish running, had a hard time pushing myself, and was sweating so much that it felt more like swimming than running. My map was disintegrating in my hand and wasn't getting a quick turnover even on downhills.
from the very start I ran 180 degrees the wrong way, partly because the map had no numbers or north arrows to orient by and partly because I just assumed the course would start the same direction as last time I was up at the Sheepfold. I realized by mistake quickly, but it was a harbinger of bad times. I was doing okay up until I was running to the 4th control, when I started running down the wrong trail, I realized it pretty quickly and corrected, but it was a frustrating kind of mistake. Next I headed off my attackpoint towards the control and couldn't find anything except a boulder which was a bit north of where I wanted to be, I kept on trying to find my feature in the green and was having a hard time getting things to match, I did eventually stumble onto it but I never ended up getting that little section of the woods to make sense. On the way to 5 I headed out of the control, crossed a field and then inexplicably somehow turned my map upside down and started running the wrong way. none of the trails were making sense, I couldn't get the junctions to match anywhere on the map ( because the map was upside down) I knew I was on a large trail, and I could hear the road nearby, but until it dawned on me that I was being an idiot I couldn't do anything.
Alexei had some interesting things to say afterwards. One thing that seems interesting to me is he said the kinds of mistakes that I made today are typical for thinking too much about attackpoints. When you rely on attackpoints overmuch you basically relinquish navigational control between the control and your attackpoint and that's when you get lost. It's better to always focus on where you are, and what you are doing. I guess that it is true that I tend towards "run hard, relocate later" school of orienteering but I hadn't thought about over-training an orienteering technique and having it cause trouble.
Anyways a pretty blah day for orienteering. This weekend is going to be much better. A few CSU folks are headed up to Patuckaway for some training. two courses saturday followed by a Night-o and then a long course on Sunday. should be stellar. people are welcome to join us for part or all of these trainings, we just don't have much (or any really) extra space in our campsite(s).