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Training Log Archive: jonny crickmore

In the 7 days ending Apr 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running11 4:41:21 37.87(7:26) 60.94(4:37) 251
  Orienteering2 50:28 7.2(7:00) 11.59(4:21) 84
  S+C2 40:00
  Drills3 30:00 1.86(16:06) 3.0(10:00)
  Total12 6:41:49 46.94 75.54 336
  [1-5]11 6:01:49
averages - sleep:6

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Sunday Apr 21 #

7 AM

Running 34:28 [2] 7.24 km (4:45 / km) +59m 4:34 / km
slept:7.0 (sick) shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

No shakeout today but just a run. Ran to south end of Frith and just wiggled my way north on some amazing forest tracks before heading back.

Decided against going today as didn't fancy dealing with the heat and sitting around arena whilst family are running. Shame as I like spectating but was very nice running early morning.
4 PM

S+C 20:00 [0]

Saturday Apr 20 #

8 AM

Running 14:44 [2] 3.08 km (4:47 / km)
slept:5.0 (sick) shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Shakeout. Had to break up my morning date with Will as got worse overnight and now sneezing with a blocked nose and didn't want to infect him.
Energy levels okay though and very excited for today.
12 PM

Running 15:52 [2] 3.61 km (4:23 / km)
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Orienteering 35:13 [4] 7.64 km (4:36 / km) +69m 4:24 / km
shoes: X-talon 225 2nd

JK Middle

Very excited for this and it didn't disappoint. Good area good course. I had a pretty good run a few small misses but mostly I just died on the run back from the far end. The heat and illness got to me and suspect I lost a lot of time 15-18.

Probably going to drop out of tomorrow unfortunately. With Tio next week and wanting to do the relay on Monday I probably ought to look after myself.

Running 16:31 [2] 3.05 km (5:25 / km) +11m 5:19 / km
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Drills 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)

Friday Apr 19 #

8 AM

Running 15:49 [2] 3.35 km (4:44 / km)
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

2 PM

Running 18:29 [2] 4.23 km (4:22 / km)
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Drills 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)

Orienteering 15:15 [5] 3.95 km (3:52 / km) +15m 3:47 / km

JK Sprint 4th?

This is going to be a long one with some thoughts I had whilst not being able to sleep.

Firstly my performance.
Physically I was struggling to breathe but legs felt rested. Yet I felt I was lacking a bit and not really a speed guy at the moment but I suspect this wasn't a major problem.
Technically I felt very poor. I just seemed to constantly be hesitating and stopping, throwing away seconds constantly. This is annoying as normally I thrive on the micro side of sprint orienteering. I had very little flow today. I think this could be due to me being a bit rusty (yet I managed at Scottish Sprints and last weekend) and also the course found a way to mess with this smoothness. Firstly I am weak at checking descriptions and planning .There was a fair few ambiguous controls today that required checking. I need to improve this myself. I never ended up the wrong side of anything but did have end up stopping at a lot of those controls. Then a couple of brain fades. Not analysed it yet but seems most RC's were obvious 50/50 or just a second or two losses but have to check that.

I thought the planning wasn't great. First 8 was okay then I think that middle section was wasted. 31 controls seemed excessive and that middle area was so perfect for a long leg or two and we just had lots of small ones everywhere. Also I didn't enjoy all the controls in the back of one way bin sections/bike sheds. Yet maybe this is good planning as caused me issues.
My parents had nice looking courses so maybe just drew the short straw.

Now onto the big questions.

1) Is the ability to use descriptions to find the control placement an integral part of orienteering or a leftover from the days when it was a requirement?
I am biased as I dislike it but I would much prefer using unambiguous features or the little red dot. Either way it is a part and I need to get better.

2) The elephant in the arena today. EmiTag punching. I think there are issue with the technology but my main query and the most important thing to me is what is expected of the athlete? So below is a bit of a flow chart and what I think is a logical approach to the problem.


1) Can the EmiTag flash at a control yet not register and thus causing the person to be disqualified?

b) no

2) Is it the athletes responsibility to check the tag flashes at every control


3)Is it the athletes responsibility to just do the correct punching motion within the required guidelines?


Answers and solutions

1a -- Throw it away it is useless

1b,2a -- Then why do we have backup punches and athletes who miss it on the original should be dq'd regardless of the situation on the backup as otherwise it disadvantages athletes who do check it and go back when it doesn't flash.

1b,2b,3a -- Fair enough and make it a statistics game that with two tags the likelihood of it not registering on either is slim. If this is minimal enough then this approach should work

The organisers I think need to decide and I guess we will see depending on reinstatement. Most likely from now on I will just check if one of them flashes I'm good as I think they are going to reinstate people.
I think an issue seems to be a similar punching motion does not always get the same result. You could see people at the last controls pretty much tap it and then get no punch. Hopefully it will be less of an issue in the coming days. The relay could be fun though.

Most importantly Will showed up after a few years of great training and smashed it.
3 PM

Running 15:13 [2] 3.01 km (5:03 / km)
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Thursday Apr 18 #

10 AM

Running 25:41 [2] 5.91 km (4:21 / km) +20m 4:16 / km
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Easy with strides. Legs good but Laura managed to pass on her slight illness so wheezing a bit after the strides.

Wednesday Apr 17 #

10 AM

Running 22:36 [2] 4.76 km (4:45 / km) +80m 4:23 / km
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Pretty much a rest day today but fancied a little plod.

Tuesday Apr 16 #

4 PM

Running 54:55 intensity: (44:15 @2) + (7:20 @4) + (3:20 @5) 12.81 km (4:17 / km) +21m 4:15 / km
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

WU with Laura then one lap tempo and 3x~300m with jog back recovery utilising the tailwind.
Taper session and also the biggest flat session of the last two months I think.

Drills 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

Monday Apr 15 #

7 AM

Running 21:19 [2] 4.46 km (4:47 / km) +20m 4:41 / km
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

4 PM

Running 25:44 [2] 5.42 km (4:45 / km) +41m 4:35 / km
shoes: Saucony Mileage 3

S+C 20:00 [0]

In for 45 min but did a lot more rolling and stretching then just short few exercises

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