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Training Log Archive: jennycas

In the 7 days ending May 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  running4 3:18:00 5.59 9.0
  swimming2 1:13:00 1.24(58:44) 2.0(36:30)
  orienteering1 31:19 1.99(15:45) 3.2(9:47)
  Total7 5:02:19 8.82 14.2

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Saturday May 25 #

5 PM

running (Parna-roo-gaine) 54:00 [3] 9.0 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 24 black/green

I convinced Geoff to come rogaining with me!

Actually this didn't require too much arm-twisting as it involved camping @Parnaroo near Peterborough, in the sort of country we both love, where mallee meets native pine. As I remembered from the 2015 12-hour with Zara in this area, some of the hills have low scrub and others are quite open, but I'd forgotten about the prevalence of wheel cactus in some parts - the rogainers have been assisting with cactus culls for some years now on the farm which hosted the Hash House (same location as in 2015, and possibly I even camped between the same pair of Callitris as last time).

Anyway, this was a roving 8-or-15-hours across a 24 hour period and I was under no illusions about how much walking G would want to do, so 8 was going to be plenty for him wearing jeans and steel-capped boots. Nearly thought I was going to have mutiny at the 2-hour mark on Sat which was a bit awkward as a 5-hour loop had been planned, but I wisely said nothing and agreed to head towards the HH already - and at the next control pointed out a more interesting/lucrative route than just marching back along the road - so in the end we had 460 points from 10 controls in 13km which was nearly 4 hours on our feet although not at a pace to be worth logging, and so I still had the energy to go for a run along the road to the junction and back again by myself while the sun was setting and my co-conspirator put his feet up/drank a beer!

Friday May 24 #

7 AM

swimming 36:00 [3] 1.0 km (36:00 / km)

Slightly more fluent today, possibly because I wasn't wearing socks.

Thursday May 23 #

6 PM

running (Belair night) 55:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 28 purple

Tuesday's enthusiasm had definitely worn off and it was an effort to follow the rising full moon towards the redwoods in pursuit of the group. Tried to run a bit harder on the way back along the valley because my hands were uncomfortably colder than anticipated.

Wednesday May 22 #

7 AM

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

It was 4 degrees this morning, so admittedly I did wear woolly sox with my Birkenstocks, to/from the pool which was steaming nicely!

Tuesday May 21 #

7 AM

running 32:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 24 seagreen

Would have done this yesterday but my calves were still tender from hitting them with sticks; as in, when you hook a stick with one foot and slam it into the back of the other leg because of not lifting feet high enough while orienteering through the forest, that leaves quite an impact mark. It's well known that coordination in the terrain is not my strong point, but when you later on repeat this sequence with the alternative pairing of legs, the bruises end up in symmetry with each other.
6 PM

running (North Adelaide) 57:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 28 purple

Actually made it to Nth Adl in time for 6pm intervals, and then it turned out that we were just doing the loop around North Adelaide; not even with 30-second surges like the group used to do. This was ok though as the boys' casual jog was more like my tempo pace anyway, and for some bizarre reason I was actually feeling energetic tonight - must have been that second coffee to which I succumbed after feeling groggy all morning (sometimes this feeling is rectifiable by drinking more water, sometimes not and salt is required also. But it's common for me to feel fairly brain-dead at work until mid-afternoon).

Sunday May 19 #

10 AM

orienteering race (Seymour College sprint) 31:19 [3] 3.2 km (9:47 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 24B red

New map, how exciting! Especially as I'd never been inside the grounds of Seymour College before. And when I heard that the controls were not in Air mode and therefore I wouldn't lose two minutes on everyone else when it came to punching all 39 of them, I was quite pleased. And the map was printed at 1:2 000 therefore quite readable, so this was a lot of fun, and I was overtaking people like Daniel Morcom, even gradually reeling in Steve Cooper. Of course, it then turned out that I went to only 38 controls - oops, never even saw control 26 on my map when I was planning the route 25-27. Turns out that three other people likewise erased the existence of #26, which makes me feel a bit better, but I'm still concerned about forgetting quite so many things lately; just seems as though my brain is too full and can't filter out unnecessary thoughts.

Admittedly I was hurrying because the plan was to go out to Murray Bridge for a hike around Kinchina CP with G and I was worried about keeping him waiting as it was so cold, also about the fact that I knew he wouldn't really want to walk a 10km loop. Which we didn't in the end, because of too much time-and-money spent at State Flora Nursery and the Rotary Club Art Show, so the scenic sojourn was cut short by using a culvert under the railway line which only orienteers know about :)

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