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Training Log Archive: FernWerm

In the 7 days ending Apr 1, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 4:34:45 12.55(21:53) 20.2(13:36) 59577c
  Run3 1:13:00
  Total5 5:47:45 12.55 20.2 59577c

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Monday Apr 1, 2013 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (Crusoe Reservoir) 1:04:36 [3] *** 6.6 km (9:47 / km) +160m 8:44 / km

What a fun race! I'm a bit embarrassed to say that the course I enjoyed most this weekend was almost moderate navigation... Still, I ran reasonably hard, hesitated only a little (by my standards - any elite would be mortified to muddle as much as I do), and finished with a smile on my dial. Yay!

Such a nice carnival to catch up with friends and hang out in the well-planned assembly areas. Only thing I would change is the early starts - I didn't get to sleep in past 6:30am on any day. Perfect weather, though! An added bonus was the Bendigo Easter Festival also on this weekend. We were treated to fireworks Friday and Saturday night and the 'dragon parade' on Sunday with firecrackers and an enormous Chinese dragon. I really like Bendigo and I reckon I could easily live there. :)

Sunday Mar 31, 2013 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (Mt Alexander) 1:53:35 [3] **** 5.3 km (21:26 / km) +250m 17:20 / km

Let us never speak of this again. I made 5 x 7-10 min mistakes on this course - pretty much nearly an hour of mistakes. Lots of granite, vague hillside, poor focus, lack of fitness, lots of stuff on the ground to climb over, all added up to a bit of an epic.

Worst mistake was number 6 (10 minute error) where I was within the control circle, knew where I was exactly, took a bearing towards the control but just didn't think the feature looked correct. The feature and control were obscured under a dead fallen tree, but why I didn't go up and look under the tree I don't know. Just tired I guess. Of course, the control was on that feature that was mysteriously in the right place, but just didn't look right. Kicked myself for that one!

Still, I finished. Quite a few people didn't!

Saturday Mar 30, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (Yorkshire Hill) 1:11:52 [3] *** 5.4 km (13:19 / km) +95m 12:14 / km

Goldmining! I love goldmining terrain. However, my lack of practice orienteering (I have been off for over a year due to injury) and lack of fitness really showed in this technical area.

I stuffed up number 4 which I thought was behind a high point, but when I looked it wasn't there, so I ran around checking the other nearby highpoints and scratching my head before realising it was behind a 'knoll' which the first high point was on top of. I don't think I was the only person to do this.

Kate R caught me a couple of controls later and with Hania we ran together taking turns to lead into controls until I lost them on the vague downhill leg to 18. I really stuffed 18 (4-5 min), mistaking a minor creek for a major erosion on the map and searching south along the creek instead of north. Then I was tired and also messed up 19 (2 min) by not orienting my map properly and running off the wrong corner of a clearing.

One thing I did notice this weekend - although I did still make too many mistakes, I recovered from most of them and the worst were 10 min. A couple of years ago it wouldn't have been unlike me to make a 20 or 30 min error, so I guess that's progress. :)

Run warm up/down 15:00 [3]

Friday Mar 29, 2013 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Easter Sprint) 24:42 [3] ** 2.9 km (8:31 / km) +90m 7:22 / km

Fun sprint around La Trobe university in Bendigo. This was my only 'elite' race and I was nearly last, but I still felt pretty good about my run. Came back with a very bloody leg after running through some scratchy acacia in my shorts. I wasn't really expecting a few bush legs in an urban sprint!

Run warm up/down 15:00 [3]

Tuesday Mar 26, 2013 #

6 PM

Run (Morialta) 43:00 [3]

Hot weather run with Tynomite up the centre track to the top of first and second falls and back down with an extra loop up and down Hogan's track.

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