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Training Log Archive: MJChilds

In the 7 days ending Apr 28:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:05:10
  Total1 1:05:10

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Saturday Apr 28 #

Orienteering race 1:05:10 [4]

Troll Cup & Jr Nationals at Mt. Tom in Holyoke, MA. Gorgeous sunny day.
Had a decent race except for my sloppy route on #6 and my stupid blunder on #9.
Took trails to #1. Easy and a chance to get into the map.
Followed stream on #2 to fork then hopped over spur to reentrant.
Compass and distance est to #3. Walked mostly. Did not like the extran trail enroute but it was obviously not an issue. Came in high but spotted control from 100m away when I emerged from stream reentrant.
#4 straight up killer slope.
#5 straight up using hands to climb up slope. Continued to trail to saddle and down and around cliffs to control.
#6 Sloppy. Drifted to the right. Found Green control. Relocated on swamp. Twice.
#7 headed north to trail stream jctn then followed upper trail (by mistake) as far as Boulder and noticed I was on wrong trail and dropped down into the knolls.
#8. Trail to driveway to road to yellow field west of swamp. Stayed high to control.
#9. Followed edge of swamp and crossed early coming out at reentrant which I hoped to. Climbed up, saw cliff (just below my control) but got distracted seeing Rick W ahead of me and crossing the reentrant after having punched at his cliff. Persuaded myself I was wrong and his cliff was my cliff so I headed over there and saw the control. Two guys came up from below just before me and punched; I reached down from above and punched and was distracted by the thought of blocking their exit route so I quickly turned and jaded back across reentrant, never having checked the control. I am confident that had I been alone, I would have stuck with my plan. I actually saw my control once I got on the trail but since it was right next to the trail, I assumed it was a yellow control. Was quite surprised to learn I had MPd. Bummer.
But, I enjoyed being out there, I enjoyed the course, and had fun visiting with some folks afterward. I even got to see Ethan, briefly. :). Not sore tonight--guess I didn't work hard enough.
Was a real treat to see and visit with Peter and Gail at the start.
Wonderful arena set up. Also, I LOVED the latter part of the course which wrapped around the arena allowing me to hear very enthusiastic cheering by the juniors for their teammates. Exciting and Such fun!

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