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Training Log Archive: olsoran

In the 7 days ending May 19:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 3:36:12 5.34 8.6
  Warm up/down1 49:41 3.66 5.89 179
  Total5 4:25:53 9.0 14.49 179

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Saturday May 19 #

Orienteering race 1:07:00 [5]

British Long O Champs - 3rd
2nd or maybe 3rd podium in JK/BOC indivodual champs in 40 + years. far as my memory tells me. Result. (It's very tough being in the class of 57 :-( )
Next time I drive down the A7 I may just have to go and thank a cow for their contribution.

Switched to a base plate compass this week when out in Balfour and Birsemore and decided maybe it works better for me. Went with that.
Fair bit of work on the Blue Start in advance so not best preparation but very tolerable.

1: Went over the hill , but came down somewhat too low but not sure if I'd be quicker going round anyway. 1 mins down.
3: Could see this might be a key control so tooks this pretty carefully - lost some time being a little east of the control.
4: got lucky - another key control for potential time loss. Careful again and spot on.
5: stupidly hit the fence where i wanted to but saw what looked like a fence corner so thought I was somehow too far north so turned right. Back up to the other corner..whopps - the original was the crossing point - just hadnt noticed the kink under the purple crossing point markings. Another minute I guess.
8: Went round the east track but seemed to be slow
9: Slow and hesitated pretty much at the control. Stupidly expected it to be on the crag not the re-entrant. Confused until I saw it.
12: Very wary with the vegetation change but think I remembered it from previous event - went carefully through the re-entrant with another control on it.
15: Tired and too low. 1 minute
16: Tired and fearful of blowing things. Faffed.

A perfect run might have saved about 4 minutes but that would have been a big ask at Balmoral. Most disappointed with time loss to 5, 15 and 16. Well pleased overall though as don't think I could realistically have hoped for better. Nice to do well on home soil.
1. DP
2. MD
4. PH
5. NH

Friday May 18 #


Balmoral BOC Blue & Green start setups . Great weather day on the estate. Feeling knackered from all the related "stuff".

Thursday May 17 #

Warm up/down 6:00 [3]
shoes: Inov8 Mudclaw 300 Gr/Bl

Warm up/down 43:41 [3] 5.89 km (7:25 / km) +179m 6:26 / km

O tech session.
No embargo any more so a nice confidence boosting trundle round some of the best and most technical bits of Balfour in lovely early evening sun. Some of the M21E 6 Day course. Grand.

Wednesday May 16 #

Orienteering (Bellwood Forest Sprint) 23:39 [3] 4.3 km (5:30 / km)
shoes: Mudclaws RED

Blasted round update needed but a good run out. Felt to be running well.

Orienteering 30:00 [3] 4.3 km (6:59 / km)
shoes: Mudclaws RED

Shadowing EW round the Sprint course with dad DW.
He did really well...the former..the latter and I chatted.


Sprint Results:
4 mins off MG and 5 off FW. Settle for that. Fastest 3.8k course I've done in a good while.

Tuesday May 15 #

Orienteering 1:05:33 [3]

Birsemore for some last minute brushing up of technique before BOC.
Felt to be well rested after a few easy / rest days so the running was enjoyable with a bit of spring having returned..not so sure about the nav. Seemed to spend a lot of time standing making some of the rock fit! Too many fallen trees now up top of Birsemore too - at least on the east side.

Monday May 14 #


More rocks

Orienteering 30:00 [3]
shoes: Mudclaws RED

Hanging and collecting controls at Cults Wood for Cults Academy. Nice day for it.

Sunday May 13 #


Plenty more rock shifting

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