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Training Log Archive: Atropos

In the 7 days ending Jul 24, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering7 10:30:04 8.33 13.4
  Total7 10:30:04 8.33 13.4

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Sunday Jul 24, 2011 #

Orienteering 51:06 [3] 3.3 km (15:29 / km)
shoes: Icebugs

COC middle Lewes Lake. The start of the race went really well. I caught up to Claire Critchley, who had started two minutes before me, at the first control. Carol caught me at 3 and we were together for 4, 5 and part of 6. I kept seeing Claire until we had to slog up to the spectator control at 9 (where Louise passed me also). I had a momentary scare on 10 but recovered quickly and was very competitively place until I blew up at 13. I thought that I was super solid going into the control but I just couldn't find it. I tried to relocate twice and eventually Pam came along and rescued me. I was so disappointed in myself because I had been doing so well and then I lost 6-7 minutes right near the end. The rest of the course was ok although I did take one slightly strange route choice. Overall, very happy with the race. It was technical and I felt on top of it and it was physical and I felt strong and I only had the one big error.

Orienteering 45:00 [1]
shoes: Icebugs

Picking up COC middle controls with Alison.

Saturday Jul 23, 2011 #

Orienteering 1:52:52 [3] 10.1 km (11:10 / km)
shoes: Icebugs

COC Long at Carcross desert. Long, hot, sandy, and a lot of fun. I was pleased with myself because I had no major disasters (although there was some seriously suspect orienteering going on at certain points) and I finished in under 2 hours. Climbing the sand dunes was an unpleasant slog but coming down them was super cool.

Friday Jul 22, 2011 #

Orienteering 21:00 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

COC Sprint. OK race. A few baubles but nothing awful just slow.

Thursday Jul 21, 2011 #

Orienteering 1:13:13 [3]
shoes: Mizuno Ascend 4

Compass bearings and aiming off with my camp girls.

Orienteering 22:00 [3]
shoes: Mizuno Ascend 4

Star relay. I was the captain of the blue team (ravenclaw) and partnered up with Kyle. As soon as I went out into the forest for my first leg I started feeling dizzy and dehydrated. The whole leg was a bit of a disaster. I was just totally exhausted!

I'm both happy and sad the camp is over and now I am going to sleep until the COC's tomorrow.

Wednesday Jul 20, 2011 #

Orienteering 1:02:00 [3]
shoes: Mizuno Ascend 4

Contours only exercise for the girls at Long Lake.

Orienteering 25:00 [3]
shoes: Mizuno Ascend 4

Relocation exercise with the girls on Long Lake.

Orienteering 20:00 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

HPP Relay with Adam Woods. We were a great team and came 10th overall. Yay!

Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 #

Orienteering 41:28 [1]
shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 11

Putting out controls with Louise and Brian on Long Lake. Encountered a gypsy camp that later turned out to be a bike tour operator.

Orienteering 45:24 [3]
shoes: Mizuno Ascend 4

Junior camp. Shadowed my girls running up one WCOC middle course higher than the one they ran in the competition. Very wet but a lot of fun. Emma W is so fast she was pretty hard to keep up with and keep in contact myself!

Orienteering 1:02:00 [3]
shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 11

Worked on attackpoints with my girls at the Biathlon range.

Monday Jul 18, 2011 #

Orienteering warm up/down 10:00 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

Warm up for the WCOC middle. Running around on the warm-up map and jogging across the field.

Orienteering race 21:02 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

WCOC sprint. I started one minute ahead of Carol but I decided I wasn't going to worry about her. I wanted to see if I could get through the race with out seeing Andrea (starting 2 minutes behind) and Louise (starting 4 minutes behind). I was still feeling really sluggish from the whole lack of sleep thing but so I managed to swallow a powergel before the race but I'm doubtful it helped that much. The first control was a long route choice leg and I decided to go left but managed to get on the wrong path. Various misadventures ensued and Carol (who had had problems of her own on number 1) arrived at the control together. Carol took off to the right on her way to number 2 and I, thinking that I was sooo smart, took the left way which in retrospect may be a little longer. Andrea caught me at number two and Katherine, who started 2 minutes after, caught me there as well. I tried to keep up to them on the short steep hill to three but I had to walk. I feel much stronger than I have in the past but I think that my running conditioning is still very weak. It is time to demote the elliptical trainer and do more actual running and treadmill. I was surprised to see Katherine again a 4 which I looked for one trail too early. She had forgotten the control and had to go back for it. Louise crashed into the control just as I was leaving it. 4 to 5 was another route choice leg and I decided to go left with Katherine along the road and leave Louise to take the trail route which was slightly slower and more complicated. I was slightly to the left on 6 but quickly recovered and even though number 7 was almost visible from 6, I made a parallel error and went up the wrong trail. 8 and 9 were clean but they were the only controls on the whole race I was clean on. I enjoyed the race but I was frustrated with myself.

Orienteering 17:59 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

As soon as I got my map back, I decided to run the course again before the flags were picked up. Control 1 took 3:42 instead of 5:04. I took the right hand route instead of the left to number 2 and was actually 24 seconds faster the first time. I was definitely running much slower (just because I was tired not because I wasn't trying as hard) than the first time around. I was 63 seconds faster going to control 4 and managed to go from 6 to 7 in 58 seconds rather than 3:27. Still, I wasn't as pleased with my rerun as I could have been. I wonder where my head has been this weekend. I hope I find it before the COCs!


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