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Training Log Archive: Tom O

In the 7 days ending Nov 4, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 4:06:47 14.23(17:21) 22.9(10:47) 77345 /52c86%
  Trail Run2 1:37:05 12.5(7:46) 20.12(4:50)
  Weights1 45:00
  Sit-ups1 5:00
  Total6 6:33:52 26.73 43.02 77345 /52c86%

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Sunday Nov 4, 2007 #

Orienteering 1:20:52 [4] *** 7.4 km (10:56 / km) +368m 8:45 / km
spiked:15/18c shoes: VJ Integrator 2

Prince William Forest, VA - US Champs M-45 Red Y course. The extra hour of sleep last night didn't help me any since I lay in bed for 9 hours and never managed to doze off. Seems to be happening more and more before big runs. I wasn't nervous or excited, but I guess the adrenaline was still flowing.

The woods were somewhat more open today but there was still plenty of green to bash through. I wasn't hitting things near as cleanly as yesterday, ended up off line on a couple legs, and had to re-attack on 8. Still, the errors were not huge, totalling maybe 6-7 minutes. Felt like I was battling all the way. Time was still good enough for 2nd place - well behind Tom Hollowell who blew away the field.


Really have to compliment QOC on a superb event. The courses were challenging and interesting, the organization was flawless, even the weather couldn't be improved upon. Many, many thanks to them for all the hard work.

Saturday Nov 3, 2007 #

Orienteering race 1:34:55 [4] *** 9.2 km (10:19 / km) +310m 8:50 / km
spiked:14/16c shoes: VJ Integrator 2

Prince William Forest, VA - US Champs M-45 Red Y Course. Was expecting the typical challenging course from Francis Hogle and he didn't disappoint. It was a fine course, really. Certainly US Champ and WRE-worthy. I got a ride to the start with Peter and Gail Gagarin and Peter gave me some sage advice - "follow your compass all the way!". Needless to say, I followed his advice to the letter and he was, of course, spot on.

I was still not feeling great and figured I wouldn't be able to push the pace much. Given the terrain, that wasn't such a bad thing. I was very deliberate the entire course. I took the safer left approach to #1 and pretty much nailed it. Benefitted somewhat from a mini-pack with Clinton Morse and Andres Revez off and on from 4 through 13. I opted to go straight on the long leg from 8 to 9. Wasn't quite sure where I was when I crossed the road so I decided to trust my compass. That worked reasonably well until I reached the hillside near the control and couldn't figure out exactly where I was. I spotted a control below an earth bank and thought "that looks like my #10". I went down to check it out - it was #10 - and then used it to attack #9 successfully. It cost me a minute or so but things could have been much worse there. Clean the rest of the way except for ~30 secs lost on #12 when I started up the wrong re-entrant and quickly corrected.

Not super fast but very satisfied with this run. Estimate maybe 3 minutes worth of errors. Maintained a good flow in and out of most controls.

Friday Nov 2, 2007 #

Event: US Champs

Orienteering 30:00 [2] 2.0 km (15:00 / km)
shoes: VJ Integrator 2

Prince William Forest, VA - Classic Model event. A combination light jog/walk around the model event advanced course to get a feel for the weekend terrain.

Orienteering 20:00 [2] 1.6 km (12:30 / km)
shoes: VJ Integrator 2

Prince William Forest, VA - Sprint Model event. An out and back jog around the sprint model.

Orienteering race 21:00 [4] *** 2.7 km (7:47 / km) +95m 6:37 / km

Prince William Forest, VA - Sprint Champs Red course. Was feeling lousy at the start with a mild sore throat, low grade flu or something. Didn't have much pep on the run and made one dumb route choice decision (taking the trail from 9 to 10) but otherwise pretty clean. A good, fun course by David Onkst.

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007 #

Trail Run 39:04 [2] 4.5 mi (8:41 / mi)
shoes: Salomon XCR

TNT Media - Penncrest High School continues to be uncooperative. Was planning on a track run but one of the security guys told us the track was closed due to repainting. So ran 4 laps around the playing fields instead.

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 #

Weights 45:00 [3]

Sit-ups 5:00 [2]


Monday Oct 29, 2007 #

Trail Run 58:01 [3] 8.0 mi (7:15 / mi)
shoes: Salomon XCR

Bellevue SP - One trail loop plus 3 laps on the 1-1/8 mile gravel track. Probably my last weekday run here until the clocks change back in the spring.

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