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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Feb 16, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering2 2:36:57 9.01(17:25) 14.5(10:49)22 /44c50%470.9
  Running3 1:55:00 9.9(11:37) 15.93(7:13) 300242.0
  Total5 4:31:57 18.91(14:23) 30.43(8:56) 30022 /44c50%712.8

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Monday Feb 16, 2009 #


I just took the first exam for the American Government class I'm taking, which means that I'm now allowing myself to log my weekend on AP. It was a pretty crazy weekend with my parents in town and then trying to study for this thing, but I think I'm a good crammer. AND, 4+ years of reading Daily Kos has been more instructive in the ways of the American political machine than I had realized!

The club used e-punch this weekend, the first time we've done so for a local meet. And the first time without Valerie. ;-) It went really well and a whole bunch of us are eager to get our own setup. Especially those of us who are ever volunteers - the workload reduction is awesome, not to mention how nice it is for everyone running!

Sunday Feb 15, 2009 #

Orienteering 56:33 [3] *** 5.3 km (10:40 / km)
spiked:10/15c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

Better today, but still poopy. One disaster, but only about 1/4 the disaster as number 2 yesterday - same issue though, not knowing when to look and going right by it. I then assumed that I was off somehow and bailed out to a parallel feature, which just confirmed that I had been in the right place the first time. Several minutes lost.

A couple more goofs but I actually spiked several controls today which is an enormous improvement over the grand total of 0 yesterday. This was a really fun course, butterfly loops and shorter legs, so the feel was much faster, especially when seeing other people out in the desert.

Orienteering 18:53 [3] *** 2.6 km (7:16 / km)
spiked:12/14c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

Afternoon sprint, where your protagonist continued her trend of orienteering better with each attempt. Of course, still problems. I went to 12 before 11 and had to run back to 11, and I took a shoddy route to 2 (that whole 'straight line' problem again). I don't know what happened with 11/12. I guess I just got giddy.

Another fun course. Awesome to have three different styles of orienteering in one weekend. And very good terrain for developing certain skills.

And I am at least pleased that I have made some progress in unsucking my orienteering.

Saturday Feb 14, 2009 #

Event: TSN Ironwood

Orienteering 1:21:31 [3] *** 6.6 km (12:21 / km)
spiked:0/15c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

The essence of orienteering well is to run fast and find all the controls along the way. One key part of this is to know when you are in the right place and to know where to look. This prevents you from being in roughly the right place and not seeing the control because you're not looking for it, and then spending the next 15 minutes or so wondering what you could possibly have screwed up so much. It also helps if you are aware of things like trails as you cross them so that you do not spend all this time wondering how it is that you haven't crossed it yet, and then figuring that you must have crossed it without realizing it but not realizing just *how long ago* you had crossed it and not going back long enough. Rinse, repeat. It is also best to figure out what feature a control is on when you find it *the first time* to help you relocate.

I had a bit of trouble with the second control today. This park (Ironwood) is neat because it is very flat and the features are subtle. It is not forgiving of lapses in concentration - it's a bitch to relocate. The course was great, and it's an excellent place to get in some training, which is why I was quite glad that there was more to be had the next day.

Mook also goofed the second control big time, so at least I was in good company.

I learned today that I am really bad at running in a straight line and that I can actually count my paces if I do a triple count. It's about 682838x easier than trying to double count. I already know how to deal with the running straight issue, I just need to practice it: reading ahead and looking ahead. Duh.

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Thursday Feb 12, 2009 #

Running (trail) 46:00 [2] 3.3 mi (13:56 / mi) +200m 11:44 / mi
ahr:169 max:183 shoes: Asics Trail Attack III

Morning run at Saguaro East, Douglas Spring Trail. There were approximately a gazillion cars at the trail head. Mostly snowbirds, it seems.

Felt poopy. Had to hike a lot more of the ups than usual, though I figured that it was perfectly reasonable given that my HR stayed at around 175 while walking up. Even running back down I felt poopy.

Lots of horses out, too, including a long line of them that were headed up as I was headed down. That meant that I was treated to a lot of fresh horse poop on the trail on the way down, so that in addition to feeling poopy it also smelled and looked poopy. I know next to nothing about horses, but it seems to me that these horse people could improve relations with other trail users if they were to use those poop catching things that they put on horses in urban areas. Otherwise I will just continue to think that horses are pretty gross and horse riders are mean and look for any excuse to yell at me when I'm on the trail - even though I'm not the one leaving my poop all over the place.

Wednesday Feb 11, 2009 #

Running (road/dirt) 37:00 [2] 4.1 mi (9:01 / mi)
ahr:173 max:187 shoes: Nerissa (Asics Kayano 14)

Evening trot around the golf course. First time I've actually not felt poopy while running in a while... since getting back from Djibouti?

Finished off the run with some drills and plyometrics. Rahr.

Tuesday Feb 10, 2009 #


This morning I received an email that said that my Orienteering Today subsription would be automatically renewed on the 17th and my credit card would be charged 60 euro. And then I received three more identical emails. Is their email notification system screwed up, or am I about to be the proud owner of four copies of issue 1/2009?

Running (trail) 32:00 intensity: (20:00 @2) + (12:00 @3) 2.5 mi (12:48 / mi) +100m 11:23 / mi
ahr:160 max:182 shoes: Asics Trail Attack III

It snowed last night, but it was all melted in the valley before I got up. The plan was to get home quickly after work and go running somewhere gorgeous and catch the views of the snowy mountains... and I sort of did that, except for the getting home quickly part. Didn't get to the 36th St. trailhead until sunset, and we had no lights, so it was a short run. Lots of up at the beginning, though. Enough that I felt queazy. Ew.

Left knee and butt-side hurt from Sunday's fall but nothing terrible.

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