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Training Log Archive: Big Jon

In the 7 days ending Feb 4:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 2:15:00
  steady run2 1:08:00
  Pilates1 1:00:00
  Physio exercises3 45:00
  Swimming1 5:00
  Total6 5:13:00

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Sunday Feb 4 #


1 hour chainsawing then a couple of hours walk up Morrone (not enough snow for xc skiing). Pretty swift on way up - S using walking poles and monitoring it. Jogged bits of descent.

Physio exercises 15:00 [2]

Saturday Feb 3 #

steady run 1:00:00 [3]

With S up Coyles of Muick ridge (from Allt C training), core feeling sluggish - pilates hang-over means that I don't feel light on my feet and struggle to move quickly in control.
plenty of snow in air and a bit underfoot, very pleasant. Cut back through plantation to edge of AC map - some recent crashing lanes but still nice, would be good addition to the area.

orienteering 25:00 [3]

Control collecting in AC east. lovely bit of forest but not very focussed. Felt easier muscle and core-wise running but legs very heavy and tired. Snow turning to slush - pretty slippy in places. decent run-out form Maroc juniors and I think they all enjoyed parts of it and hopefully learnt somethings.

Friday Feb 2 #

Pilates 1:00:00 [1]

Aboyne class (big balls...). Different routine, we'll see what is does tomorrow.

Physio exercises 15:00 [2]

Old set plus a bit of newer ones.

Thursday Feb 1 #

orienteering 1:00:00 [3]

Hanging markers in Allt Cailleach. Very heavy legged and plodding. Forest more pleasant than I had anticipated - some parts good clean running but a lot of isolated trees blown down that tended to affect routes and rhythm.
East side still lovely forest - must use for an event sometime.

Physio exercises 15:00 [2]

Version 1 exercises - didn't feel too bad. Plan to do these each day and also a short go at the second set (for back & groin tweaks from 2 weeks ago)

Wednesday Jan 31 #


3 hours surveying. Feeling fine at start but tired by end - possibly partly hunger. Another nice sunny day in Deeside but with a chilly northerly wind.

orienteering race 50:00 [5]

Deeside Night Cup, Tyrebagger. Hummed and hawed then decided to go (as much to give E a lift as for my own interest). However felt Ok once there and quite enjoyed the race - a couple of time losses (one due to total incompetence and failing to check map carefully enough and second on hte usual spot of hills with big spruce trees and failing to go high enough up a spur to see the control. All in all not too bad a run, wait to see what the youngsters do as they speed round and see what the embarrassment factor is!
Legs felt better running than expected - and hip/glute wasn't a problem at all even with a few jarring slips and falling into holes. Maybe the weekend did some good?!

steady run warm up/down 8:00 [3]

To start.

Tuesday Jan 30 #


Surveying 1.5 hours - very slow wander along new fences and old removed fences. Pleasant. Back much improved and toes not as bad either. Still don't fancy running...

Swimming 5:00 [1]

River Dee at Aboyne bridge. Had hoped to get into the lochs but they are still largely frozen over and I don't fancy breaking ice then swimming. River high and current ridiculously fast, once over, upstream and back, Breathing going a bit crazy when trying to cross main current - hard work and also a bit stressful with splashing waves and buffeting.
Hope I can get into hte lochs again next month, they've been mostly frozen for several weeks now.

Monday Jan 29 #


Massage - about 1.5 hours, lots of work on lower back and glutes plus a little on my shoulders (rucksack tightness!). Hams and quads surprisingly undamaged.
Feeling better after but back is still feeling like it wants to spasm if I bend over or twist too quickly.
Feet not as painful (as Sunday evening) but both big toes have taken a pounding and very tender to put pressure through them or even bend them.
Might be a while to recover fully.


A couple of slow walks - to try to ease back/legs. Total time of apron 2.5 hours but only a few km!

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