Decided to start my annual planned break since the scary hunting season has begun.
I wanted to have a big goal race for this year. A race where I could go to the well. But there are people with guns in the woods, there are travel restrictions, and my feet and ankles hurt. So it's time to rest.
But since it appears we're also at one of the worst moments of this pandemic, there aren't many places I'll go or friends I'll meet up with. So I'll at least go hiking or use my exercise bike to not go completely crazy.
Running1:05:00 11.47 km (5:40 / km) +273m5:04 / km ahr:158 max:174
Pyramid Fartlek at Moosic with Ben. 1min, 2min, 3min and back down with 1 minute break between each. Perfect place to work on running through technical terrain. Lots of rocks, steep slopes, and hard switchbacks. Really fun trail running. Roller coaster-esque
Was considering going to the Harriman winter series event this weekend, but PA just instated new travel restrictions requiring everyone to get a negative test prior to returning to the Commonwealth or quarantine for two weeks upon return.
Of course, it's very unlikely they would be able to enforce this effectively and I'm very confident that I would not catch any viruses going to run in Harriman. But I'll respect the rules and stay here enjoying my local scene some more. Glad I'm in an area with lots to explore.
Running1:00:01 10.03 km (5:59 / km) +284m5:14 / km ahr:154 max:179
Orienteering14:27 1.17 km (12:20 / km) +168m7:11 / km ahr:142 max:158
Orienteering33:26 2.49 km (13:27 / km) +41m12:26 / km ahr:141 max:164
A really miserable attempt at a night-o on Aston Mountain. Attackpoint automatically classified this as hiking. It was that bad.
Waist to chest-high blueberry, lots of deadfall, and rocky, icy ground.
I made it 6 controls in and decided to stop wasting my time.
Driving home I had a familiar feeling -- I wasn't having fun at all and this was miserable work.
While that feeling is to be expected any time you're working towards a goal, I think I've had this feeling far too often, especially since I've been back stateside. Ultimately I think this is giving me some robust resentments against the sport and making me bitter in general.
It's got a few components: it's cold and dark; I'm alone; the rocky ground is usually covered in lots of ice from late November to mid-March. Orienteering over the summer here felt very different, much more enjoyable and productive. I was often alone, but not freezing my face off or slipping over ice. This evening, along with many others, did not feel beneficial physically or technically.
This is really important feedback. Because, as it says in the ten basic mental concepts, you have to have fun training and competing. MOTIVATION is fundamental. I think there's still a place for orienteering and night-o this winter. But I'll scale back the frequency of technical training this winter in favor of physical training.
Orienteering7:11 0.51 km (14:10 / km) ahr:127 max:144
Testing out the new exercise bike. I thought the last one I got would be enough to get my heart rate up. As it turns out, I must be in significantly better shape than their average user, because the top resistance felt like about a 6/10 even when I was at 110 rpm.
The exercise bike is still not anything fancy. No screen or anything. Just the bike. But these 8 minutes hurt. So that's good.
Running1:10:01 13.5 km (5:11 / km) +285m4:41 / km ahr:136 max:176
And now jury duty and my interpreter exam are both canceled because of COVID.
Looks like professional development isn't happening in 2020