I was looking through the feedback survey results from the 2019 SWSW and was delighted to (re)read the positive comments, especially my favorite one: "Unusually charming orienteers"
Running (road) 22:00*** 3.37 km (6:32 / km) ahr:137 max:151 9c shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)
29 Day Challenge Day 2
Easy run out to Science Park to do a couple of the micro-sprints from a CSU training last year that I'd stayed behind for. Only 1km of orienteering but I managed to make a real mistake on one of the controls, not paying enough attention to what I was doing. Nice warning.
Saved the other three for another outing. Wouldn't have run at all had I not had the challenge so it's already a success on two counts.
While talking to Spike in Georgia about his modified 31 Day Challenge I made the mistake of verbalizing a thought about doing a 29 Day Orienteering Challenge in February. He didn't forget so I guess that means someone is watching so I better do it.
The first time I did this I was living in Tucson and did not have a Lukas to occupy my free time, so that made things a bit easier. I'm going to modify my rules to compensate. What counts?
- most outings should involve actual orienteering on an orienteering map - most other outings should involve a TSS exercise - a few outings can be CityStrides node hunting as long as I pre-draw a route on a printed map
I should be taking actual rest days during this time, so some of these outings will be very short. The point is to get in lots of O and have some fun, not to hurt myself. Wish me luck!
Running long (road) 1:14:50 12.26 km (6:06 / km) +36m6:01 / km ahr:159 max:185 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)
Down to Jamaica Pond, one lap of the pond, and then back home. Did two O courses on the way back at a higher effort. Total run about 9 miles in 90 minutes, which is absolutely a long run right now. Felt much better than I expected.
Orienteering15:00  *** 2.16 km (6:57 / km) 21c shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)
29 Day Challenge Day 1
Two courses from Boston Sprint Camp 2018, run at an honest pace.
Rode the box bike out to Belmont to pick up the OUSA e-punch equipment that Ed had passed on to a skiing family last weekend.
I don't usually log rides on this bike because it's almost never training when I ride it, just transportation. Usually very short, relaxed trips taking Lukas somewhere or buying groceries, and basically always using the e-assist. Also, it's meant to replace a car, not a gym. Today's ride was more sustained and felt like actual (easy) training. Also, the odometer crossed 100 miles! Turns out it takes a long time to bike 100 miles when most trips are < 2 miles!
Running intervals (track/road) 54:08 8.97 km (6:02 / km) +1m6:02 / km ahr:150 max:176 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)
In observing my behavior for the past few days I have to conclude that I am really stressed. I'm sleeping terribly and I've started stress eating (it's really bad) and it's hard to motivate myself to go out for a run. I've got a lot to do for SWSW, which is not unexpected, and I think my latest World Games outing served as a kick in the butt - July, 2021 is really not that far when you consider an event of this level and how spread around the US orienteering community is. I did get some things that were hanging over me done, like registering Lukas for kindergarten. (!!!)
I did manage to get out this morning, finally, a bit after 8, and headed to the track for a workout. I think it was easier to get out for this kind of workout than for an easy run because there was a specific place to go and specific things to do and the actual workout occupies my mind and takes over any other thoughts that might want to creep in. It was sunny and not that cold but there was a biting wind.
The workout: 2x [600, 400, 200] with 2' recoveries
2:34, 102, 45 2:32, 97, 43
I tried to do them so that I finished with the wind instead of into the wind. I felt completely empty as a I ran and during the warmup to the track really just wanted to sit down and curl up with a package of cookies. But, as is usually the case, the body is able to work hard even when the brain doesn't want to, so I got it done.