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Training Log Archive: Bashman

In the 7 days ending Apr 29:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Path/Terrain8 4:39:30 34.97(7:59) 56.29(4:58) 755
  Orienteering4 3:17:20 19.19(10:17) 30.88(6:23) 457
  Road7 2:00:41 15.47(7:48) 24.89(4:51) 439
  Total16 9:57:31 69.63(8:35) 112.06(5:20) 1651

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Sunday Apr 29 #

5 AM

Path/Terrain warm up/down 12:32 [2] 2.3 km (5:27 / km) +2m 5:26 / km
shoes: VJ Bold (2018)

WU
Quite a thorough one, so well rested that I didn't particularly feel like I needed it though.
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Orienteering race 1:00:10 [5] 11.45 km (5:15 / km) +190m 4:51 / km
shoes: VJ Bold (2018)

10Mila 2018 - Leg 9 - Out 11th, In 9th - Team 10th - 21st on leg, +10mins!!

As prepared as I was ever going to be. Typically only managed 2 hours of sleep prior to racing, don't think this was really a controllable though. As the years go on it might become easier. Mentally prepared very well and was very comfortable going into the race. Barely nervous at all, quite possibly a negative.

Knew Parma (Riccardo E), TuMe (Uldis) and Mora (Vojtech) so it was nice to head off with some recognisable faces. Together with Mora to the start kite running well, took Parma and then split to number 1. Thomas's changing over words were 'do your own thing' so this seemed like a fine thing to do. Sure enough I rejoined the pack at number 1, even overtaking TuMe in the process. Ran with Mora to 2 but then sneaked in and out of the control without him noticing, felt a bit guilty but wasn't sure on gaffling so thought less of it.

Stuck in some crag city and then green to number 3 but eventually came out and began planning ahead. Small miss but nothing bad. Didn't commit to my RC to 4 and lost time through hesitation but wasn't awful either. Same to 5 planning ahead to 6, long leg. Exit was atrocious and took way too long to hit the road, wanting to avoid the marsh. Popped out behind TuMe and reeled him in hitting some good pace. It was an easy 3min/kms at 5am kind of day. Sleepy enough to not notice the lactic. Led Uldis into the control and was really enjoying myself racing hard with a good friend.

Uldis took over a bit after 7 but was quite hesitant. I had no doubt we had a shared control but did my own relocation after we went a bit off plan. So started the next long leg with a good gap. Some more hard road running and glimpsed FSK ahead. Missed my exit off the track so had to adjust with a not so great route. Still did the job though and punched 9 just behind FSK. Forking to 10 was straightforward and as we climbed towards 11 I tucked in behind FSK. Relax.

This was a big mistake though. I had somehow assumed our next control would be close by, if not shared. We were bound to pass my boulder so I stopped navigating knowing there was no way I could miss it. However with the rock being in a boulder field and the control well hidden, this was now a very real possibility. And it happened. I don't remember much from the few minutes of panic that followed but that just tells me that I was probably burnt out and mind blanking. Anyway, we hit a big crag far North of my control, thought I was West-ish, so ran East-ish with FSK to find his gaffle. Sh*t myself and ran back to the crag. Took a moment for a real relocation, proud of my relative calmness here, but it was 4mins down when I eventually punched my control. I could feel the arena laughing at me. And this fueled a huge surge back to gain a few seconds on Mora at the next control.

Ran with Vojtech for the next few and even shared some words of despair and re-motivation on the road to 14. Round the right would have been a better route here though. Dropped him and had a good final section solo to claw back a few minutes on Malungs, who had had a nightmare on 2, and TuMe, finishing about a minute behind.

Obviously really ashamed to let such an avoidable mistake happen in such a critical situation. I had the potential to make up 5 places and finish 6th on 9th leg of Tiomila for Halden, which would have been one of my best races ever. But let it go on what felt like a TD3 control, follow the re-entrant and in. Team very sympathetic and very much not the only one experiencing problems but doesn't change much. Can't sugarcoat it as I won't gain anything from an experience which I thought I had already sorted out after Jukola last year - very similar situation. The uneasy fact is that I would have still been 6mins down without 11 so I must have been making more misses (perhaps 8, still a step below elite pace, and several minutes through dodgy RC).

However, it was still nice to know I had provided good entertainment for the team, and in fact the whole arena and international viewership, and had a nice time being interviewed by GG/Boris afterwards. Top 10 wasn't expected by many people either, but of course once long night was done our ambitions were a bit higher. One positive I'll take is that my physical shape feels very good now, running much faster on straightforward sections than most races, and I'll take this through to next week's EOC, which will likely be much easier technically. Hope to repay my debt to the team at some point, maybe at Jukola. Really enjoying being part of the club these days anyway.


Results - https://eventor.orientering.se/Events/ResultList?e...
GPS - https://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2018042810milaH9/ - NB GPS lagging and I was both closer to FSK after the long legs, and ahead of TuMe most of the time before, very important point given my club history...
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Saturday Apr 28 #

8 AM

Path/Terrain 23:29 [2] 4.72 km (4:59 / km) +49m 4:44 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

Ante
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2 PM

Orienteering 39:05 [2] 5.95 km (6:34 / km) +118m 5:59 / km
shoes: VJ Bold (2017)

Easy
Recce in the open course area. Mental terrain and not a big fan of new IOF standards. Essentially, don't try crossing any crags, no matter how small. In fact, don't cross any contours at all as they will likely be crags.

Anyway, 9th leg Halden SK 1 - here we go!
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Friday Apr 27 #

9 AM

Path/Terrain 21:54 [2] 3.96 km (5:32 / km) +48m 5:13 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

3 PM

Orienteering 45:48 intensity: (35:48 @2) + (10:00 @4) 6.26 km (7:19 / km) +56m 7:00 / km
shoes: VJ Bold (2017)

Easy
Paradiset. Orienteering very cleanly. Mmmmmm.
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Thursday Apr 26 #

7 AM

Path/Terrain 39:30 [2] 8.06 km (4:54 / km) +62m 4:43 / km
shoes: Asics Dynaflyte

Ante
Easy day before traveling to 10mila. Fits in well after a few big days.
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2 PM

Road 15:16 [2] 3.24 km (4:42 / km) +90m 4:08 / km
shoes: Asics Dynaflyte

Wednesday Apr 25 #

7 AM

Path/Terrain 16:45 [2] 3.36 km (4:59 / km) +13m 4:53 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

3 PM

Road 10:09 [2] 1.81 km (5:36 / km) +79m 4:36 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

4 PM

Path/Terrain 29:34 [3] 6.14 km (4:49 / km) +171m 4:13 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

Orienteering 52:17 intensity: (37:17 @2) + (15:00 @3) 7.22 km (7:15 / km) +93m 6:48 / km
shoes: VJ Bold (2018)

Easy O-Tech
With Riccardo up to Hoias for a corridor and then back down. Nice weather, but marshes were incredibly saturated. Orienteering quite well, punched number 2 prematurely though.
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Path/Terrain warm up/down 24:52 [2] 5.55 km (4:29 / km)
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

Tuesday Apr 24 #

7 AM

Road 17:42 [2] 3.94 km (4:30 / km) +11m 4:26 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

ITW
Bee line for the bakery. Didn't sleep well.
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3 PM

Road 10:06 [2] 1.83 km (5:31 / km) +80m 4:32 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

5 PM

Road warm up/down 20:56 [2] 4.7 km (4:27 / km) +9m 4:24 / km
shoes: Asics Dynaflyte

WU
Bit of a longer way in.
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Path/Terrain intervals 29:36 intensity: (11:36 @2) + (8:00 @4) + (10:00 @5) 6.91 km (4:17 / km) +110m 3:58 / km
shoes: VJ Bold (2017)

Formtoppningsintervaller Rödsparken - 3*4 (2) 3*1 (1) 6*30s strides (30s)

No translator needed to work that one out. Began comfortably with Emil and Niels figuring out where the route went. Then increased the pace on the second at half way to give Emil something to chase. Died a bit on the third because of this. Minutes were grim but short-lived and then strides were quite straightforward. Feeling quite good generally but possibly too much caffeine leading to feeling jittery and a bit fatigued from the weekend leading to a subdued breathing rate.
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Road warm up/down 14:07 [2] 2.66 km (5:18 / km) +63m 4:45 / km
shoes: Asics Dynaflyte

WD
Home the very nice, direct way. Took some sneaky shortcuts to get to the house.
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Monday Apr 23 #

7 AM

Road 22:29 [2] 4.87 km (4:37 / km) +27m 4:29 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

3 PM

Road 9:56 [2] 1.83 km (5:26 / km) +80m 4:28 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Marin

5 PM

Path/Terrain 1:21:18 [2] 15.28 km (5:19 / km) +301m 4:51 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudclaw 300

Recovery
Easy lap of Hoias with Riccardo and Emil. Wet outside.
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