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Training Log Archive: Big Jon

In the 7 days ending Apr 14:

activity # timemileskm+m
  x-c skiing2 7:30:00
  steady run3 2:14:00
  orienteering1 17:00
  Total5 10:01:00

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Sunday Apr 14 #


Rest day - bus driver for the SOL, shuttling to/from starts.
Good chance to chat to lots of people and speak to plenty of juniors about races.

Saturday Apr 13 #

orienteering race 17:00 [3]

Sprint at Falkland. A bit sketchy on first leg - didn't see route initially and chose to stop and check map properly rather than blunder on - spotted it easily then! Lots of short legs which I felt I was moving OK through another questionable route choice in walled garden area. More short legs then stuffed the long route choice - misread approach to control so ran right when should have gone left. Finally overshot second last - alley seemed smaller on sound than map and almost ran past last control - punter error ;-)
6 seconds down on Donald so fairly satisfied - sure he's moving much faster than me on pure running.

steady run warm up/down 15:00 [3]

Decent amount of running around trying to stay warm!

Friday Apr 12 #

steady run 54:00 [3]

Started in Dees Woods with S then peeled off to cow-shit alley and bull-evard. Thighs feeling heavy but rest of body going OK - albeit slowly.

Thursday Apr 11 #

steady run 1:05:00 [3]

Aboyne CC to Mortlich via Tarland Way, back via golf course. With SP, ME, S & K
Brisk start and struggling early on, got going a bit on hill but awful close to race pace on main section. Enjoyed downhill despite road shoes and no specs (E managed to break my new ones 10 days ago and still no proper replacement).

Wednesday Apr 10 #


Rest day - up at 4-45am UK time and last week catching up. Feeling brain-fogged.

Tuesday Apr 9 #

x-c skiing 1:30:00 [3]

Finse up hill to north with S. Lovely sunny day again and bitterly cold down on lake. Steep up last section (skis off and walked). Lovely descent - mostly nice snow, almost no other tracks and gentle-ish gradient. Nice wee ski but legs tired by end. Probably best not to try more.

Monday Apr 8 #

x-c skiing 6:00:00 [3]

Kjeldebu to Finse. 25km, total time 7-15. Crystal clear morning and bitterly cold, put on skins within 400m ‘cos no grip at all. Struggled along to bottom of short cut then skins came into their own up a steep slope. Snow improved as we climbed - less icy crust. Amazing views across to the Hardangerjøkul and one of its ice-fall outflows. Passed between Helvetesnutan and Helveteshorga - what we called Hells Gate:-) superb geomorphological features! A great descent - even I liked the descent and didn’t fall over (at least there). Then a long slog out but mostly gently downhill. Even managed a wee bit of skating across Finse lake to finish at the bar of the DNT hut ;-)


What a trip... superb views, amazing experiences and great company.
Have to do something similar again.

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