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Training Log Archive: MikeMc

In the 7 days ending Jul 18, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Fell2 3:51:45 16.12(14:23) 25.94(8:56) 1243
  Orienteering2 1:11:01 7.91(8:59) 12.73(5:35) 265
  Total4 5:02:46 24.03(12:36) 38.67(7:50) 1508

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Sunday Jul 17, 2011 #

12 AM

Orienteering race 43:30 [4] 8.19 km (5:19 / km) +145m 4:53 / km
shoes: Inov8 - X Talon 190

Harvester relay 1st leg for Lakeland.
What a whole lot of fun.
Didn't quite know what to expect on this, thought I might be able to keep with the pack in around 5th place. Having not done any races in over a year, other than small local events, I was a bit of an unknown to the organisers and wasn't given a GPS tracker to carry (given to top 10 seeds).
The start was a bit hectic with people spreading out in all directions before most converged on a small path leading out of the field. I was near the back here and just focussed on getting across the stream and onto the big path. Once on the path I started moving forwards and arrived at the 1st control in 3rd place, 2nd control was gaffled and everyone went off left while I went straight and got to my 2nd control 1st. At this point I had no idea who was leading and what the gaffling was like but assumed there must be some ahead of me. 5th control, Alastair Buckley caught me as I made an error trying to go straight in from the junction. From here on we exchanged the lead several times as I was running faster but hesitating a lot more. I tried a different route on 18 hoping to get a lead but didn't execute properly and came to the control with AB. Pushed on a bit through the spectator and managed to open up a gap going up the steep little hill to 22. Massive hesitation after crossing the stream to the last control as I wasn't exactly sure of where I was but just gambled and thankfully ran up the field in the lead to hand over to Heather with a 20s lead over Nick Barrable.
I had to ask Chris at the end how I'd done because although I had an idea I didn't know for sure whether I was 1st back.
Great head-2-head race. Wish I could've been more confident making decisions because I was holding quite a bit back physically.
A few other good runs and a couple of howlers brought us into 9th overall.
With a mostly developing squad, we can only really get better from here.

Saturday Jul 16, 2011 #

7 AM

Running - Fell 1:45:58 [2] 12.83 km (8:16 / km) +325m 7:20 / km
shoes: Salomon - Speedcross 2 Blue

Up at 4:40am for this.
Wasdale Head to Boot via Burnmoor Tarn.
This was 4th leg of the Black Combe Runners summer challenge. Running with Dave W and Jo. Nice and steady, really wet but fairly warm.
Jog down the road to the car at the end.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 #

6 PM

Orienteering 27:31 [4] 4.54 km (6:04 / km) +121m 5:21 / km
shoes: Salomon - Speedcross 2 Blue

LOC sprint - Kendal Castle.
Decent run. Quite fun. Map could do with extensive updating.

Tuesday Jul 12, 2011 #

6 PM

Running - Fell 2:05:47 [3] 13.11 km (9:36 / km) +918m 7:06 / km
shoes: Salomon - Speedcross 2 Blue

Black Combe Social - Sca Fell picnic.
Out for 3hrs30.

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