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Training Log Archive: jennycas

In the 7 days ending Mar 18, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  rogaining1 4:00:00 14.91(16:06) 24.0(10:00)
  orienteering4 3:42:34 9.76 15.7
  running1 55:30
  swimming1 37:00 0.62(59:33) 1.0(37:00)
  Total7 9:15:04 25.29 40.7

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Saturday Mar 18, 2017 #

8 AM

swimming 37:00 [3] 1.0 km (37:00 / km)

Very pleasant in the water, autumn crispness of the morning belying the 34-degree forecast.
4 PM

rogaining race (Hallett Cove Twilight) 4:00:00 [3] 24.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: Asics 2000-4

Even before I'd seen the map, I knew this course was going to be a bit too big for 4 hours, given that the coastal section stretched all the way from Hallett Cove CP to Kingston Park with a control on Marino lighthouse and then in recent weeks permission had been given to use Glenthorne Farm, the CSIRO land between Main South Rd and the Southern Expressway.

Planning time went by all too quickly (we should have started half an hour earlier but had been at the winner's birthday brunch, and then it always takes me forever to tape my ankles) and we just couldn't come to a conclusion about which way to go. From the HH @Hallett Cove Schools, Zara was keen on starting out via Hallett Cove CP and the coast but I was concerned that just on running time alone, the stair section would take at least 40 min without hunting for any controls - and also I felt dimly, although I couldn't articulate it, that it wouldn't be right to be looking for a control in the same place on Waterfall Creek where someone had a fatal fall last week.

I was curious about the Field River valley, not ever having been in there, but suspected it would be fairly slow going and that the SE Reynella East section might be better. And of course, this might be our only opportunity to get into Glenthorne, but I wasn't sure that all of the above sections would fit into 4hr, not if we were going to go via Marino even if we left out the control on the lighthouse, because coming/going through O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park could take a while.

Don't think either of us was really feeling physically or mentally up for racing hard on a warm afternoon, as evidenced by the fact that even walking teams were out the school gate ahead of us. We'd eventually decided to get an 80-pointer in Field River then head west to the coast, but once down in the valley it seemed simpler to stay where it was cooler but not necessarily more lucrative and so we stood debating our options for about 5 min while teams streamed past us. In the end novelty value won out, but after an hour we'd only got 5 controls by meandering along the river valley, and I wasn't convinced that we'd have time to make it all the way around the north end of the OOB quarry to Marino and back along the stairs, especially since the next few legs through Glenthorne were going to be cross-country (only one entry and one exit point, and high fences all around), so suggested quietly that we leave the controls to the west of there just in case we needed them for later...

5 more controls in the next hour got us to the northeasternmost 70pts near the Victory Hotel on Main South Rd at the top of O'Halloran Hill after some difficulty with high fences, and since the next few were in prickly snakey long grassed scrub on the hills face zone, I anticipated that we'd again only get 5 controls in the next hour (a self-fulfilling prophecy, not helped by my overshooting a track and going too far downhill) and suggested to Z that if she really wanted to run the coastal stairs, we could come back to do this another day! Therefore we turned south from OHH Recreation Park and spent the last hour running through the suburbs picking off 7 controls at a slightly more rapid rate (although annoyingly lost 5 min due to 2 controls which were misplaced in relation to the centre of the circle) and thought we had just managed to sneak in with 2 seconds to spare but also annoyingly, the clock on display turned out to be 10 sec behind the Navlight punches and we lost 10 points for being 8 sec late (something similar happened to me & AK last year when we were sure we'd been back with 15 sec to spare).

So, we didn't feel as though this had been a great run, either on pace or points, but it turned out that 1210pts was enough for 4th place with 3 men's teams above us. 3rd place were running way faster than us and had done everything in the south & east, but had been at the bottom of OHH with 50 min left and had then bailed on the Marino/stairs plan and run back south all the way up Lonsdale Hwy, getting only one extra control because they'd already been through those suburbs. 2nd place were older and wiser than us and had done our original clockwise plan heading north up the coast, meaning that later on they made the decision to leave out Glenthorne Farm as their time grew tight. And 1st place was well-earned by John/Stefano, who went the whole way around anticlockwise, finishing off with the stairs but having trouble finding a control in the conservation park & ending up 10 min late.

And I threw out my old, now itchy prickly scratchy seedy, long socks before I even left the event!

Friday Mar 17, 2017 #

8 PM

orienteering (Karinya night) 53:00 [2] 4.0 km (13:15 / km)
shoes: Asics GT-2000

This was lots of fun, despite or perhaps because of the fact that I am fairly bad at night-O, but I wasn't the only one running around like a headless chook, partly because the map-to-ground correlation of the prickly acacia thickets was less than 100%. And also I'm not absolutely certain that the pivot control was in precisely the same place on ground and on map (the course planner said it was "within the circle"). Course structure went like this: run to pivot, do 2 of the 4 bush loops, run all the way across the suburbs to the school for a couple of controls, get yelled at by guys on quadbike within the school, run tracks all the way back to the pivot, do 2 more bush loops, back across to the school and get offered a beer by the same guys (originally I'd assumed they were security guards but now I think they were gardeners maybe - and less than sober). Despite the fact that I got groined by a scotch thistle, calved by a blackberry bush and somehow ended up traversing the entire interior length of an Acacia paradoxa thicket instead of going around its outside, this was still very enjoyable and I'm glad that I bailed on work at 7pm.

Thursday Mar 16, 2017 #

6 PM

running (Belair) 55:30 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Didn't want to push the Nopeet loop tonight (when do I ever?) so took my tired legs up a few hills beyond the train line & came back down Jubilee Drive. Knee seems a lot better this week but hamstring which has been intermittently troublesome for over a month was still nagging.

Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 #

7 PM

orienteering race (Magill Campus) 35:14 [4]
shoes: Asics 2000-4

Sprint 'qualifier' at 1: 3000 (1.6km, 12.40) with A & B loops, but in the end it was decided that everyone would go into a single 'final' in reverse order at 30-second intervals since it was the same course anyway (22:34). It was still fairly hot and my legs were rather tight - although better than yesterday when hips & groin were protesting about having sat for a total of 6 hours in airports and on planes Mon pm - and I got tired pretty quickly but managed at least to focus on the map better than I'd done on the weekend. Perhaps because at work we now sort of know our potential fate which is not worse than having the uncertainty hanging over us, although the departmental mood today was pretty sombre.

Monday Mar 13, 2017 #

10 AM

orienteering (Thylacine 'sprint') 36:38 [3] 3.5 km (10:28 / km)
shoes: Inov8 ORoc 280

This was a pleasant little course on the flattest area of Pittwater but my head & legs just wouldn't cooperate today and even though I reminded myself that I had come here to enjoy orienteering, my heart just wasn't in it and I had a lot of hesitations and some stupid (run to the wrong control because I can see it) little mistakes right at the end. Probably still sulking about how much less fit and competent than I had thought I was, yesterday actually proved me to be. But I was proud of the leg where I went out to run along the beach and came back into the dunes at exactly the point at which I had intended to do so. Also the control with the cutout Tassie tiger was kinda cool. Plus it was generally a fun weekend in the company of a good group of Arrows & associates and I got to see all the touristy things I had wanted to do around Hobart (may have bought too much at Salamanca markets) - but perhaps I should have focused a bit more on the orienteering?

Sunday Mar 12, 2017 #

9 AM

orienteering race (Pittwater NOL Hagaby) 1:37:42 [3] 8.2 km (11:55 / km)
shoes: Inov8 ORoc 280

Mass start, 2 short loops with splitting then a longer loop out to the east although it didn't get as far as the open dunes. I made hard work of this, going to the wrong first control each time (by a process of elimination I was actually correct on the 3rd loop) and just generally struggling to lift my legs over anything in the terrain. Already in last place by the time I picked up the map for the final loop and while trying to keep Anna S in my sights, completely ballsed up the first control in the rough open (shouldn't have attempted to read the edge of the trees) and bounced off the track to the north so there went 4-5 min. Had expected not to see anyone else after this but did encounter Anna F and Anna D at the easternmost controls in the rough stuff. They got away from me on the flat southern section by which time my legs were refusing to lift at all (hadn't really noticed the rain but wet sandy shoes & socks & gaiters weighed about a ton by now), and then for good measure I screwed up a couple of the controls in the simpler section right at the end. So if I lost 6 min yesterday on a 4km course, today it was more like 12 min on an 8km course. I know that someone has to come last but I really didn't expect it to be me!

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