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Training Log Archive: bl

In the 7 days ending Feb 20, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Road running3 2:41:33 16.5(9:47) 26.55(6:05) 160
  Skate skiing1 2:15:00 6.21(21:44) 10.0(13:30) 150
  Orienteering1 57:27 3.42(16:49) 5.5(10:27) 144
  Walking3 49:00 1.4(34:59) 2.25(21:44)
  Weightexercise workout2 45:00
  Snow shovelling3 44:00
  Wood hauling/stacking1 40:00
  Snowshoes1 20:00 0.4(49:59) 0.64(31:03)
  Total6 9:12:00 27.93 44.95 454

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Saturday Feb 20, 2010 #

Orienteering race 42:07 [3] 3.4 km (12:23 / km) +75m 11:09 / km

Middle Distance, Sycamore Scramble. Perfect weather, to bad run did not match. Spent 10' mistake time (maybe 10 yrs since I made such a large mistake, maybe more, hard to do, particularly on a 'trivial' leg) looking for #2, a 90" control. Set compass, felt it was taking me to the left of what I had in sense of direction but it was the compass & it was set.... Ran proscribed distance, a bit up & then down. Saw a control off to left, went to it, not mine, so went back to where I would have been...nothing was working. Guess I saw a car that denoted a road - got on it but it was so far from my expectation that it took some time to figure out where I was (mapped as hardtop vs major road to my erroneous way of thinking). Headed off in correct direction but went by control - to dirt road & back in missing it again & finally saw a control that was indeed mine. Lost some time on #3 because I was pissed/rattled & #8 with sl 'carefree' attitude, otherwise OK. So had some splits for comparison any way. Weather-wise it was like a perfect early April day.


Second half

Orienteering race 15:20 [4] 2.1 km (7:18 / km) +69m 6:16 / km

Sprint in pm. Considerably better, only missed one by a small amount when I went to control by another cabin - #1. Felt tired but beat a bunch of the older groups, incl John Campbell who was about 20" back. Some irritation with lack of MN lines at one point.

Sprint course

Sprint finish

Friday Feb 19, 2010 #


Flight to Raleigh. Nice, clear day. Saw Portsmouth, IOS, Cape Ann, Marblehead/Salem, Boston, Blue Hills!, LIS, NYC, Chesapeake, Elk Neck SP, Annapolis. 50F @RDU. Spent at least 30' looking at 2009 O maps...humbling, lots of mistakes/carelessness, not to mention MPs.

Manhattan from 34,000'

Thursday Feb 18, 2010 #

Walking 14:00 [1] 0.4 mi (34:59 / mi)

Short DP on yesterday's SS tracks in running shoes, going thru some. ...the beauty of fresh snow on the ground but perhaps a mere rationalization...

Road running 55:30 intensity: (40:30 @3) + (15:00 @4) 6.2 mi (8:57 / mi) +120m 8:27 / mi
shoes: NB 993

Fisk-Little Pond, NW wind, warmish, over 40F - slow first half, better second half, downwind & warmed up.

Weightexercise workout 20:00 [1]

Not something I was interested in tonight. Too much "dutifulness" given time available.

Wednesday Feb 17, 2010 #

Snowshoes 20:00 [1] 0.4 mi (49:59 / mi)

Nice DP with Beth as well. Early golden-yellow sun in white & green treetops, pale blue beyond, gray-brown tree trunks...colors of the early morning.

Snow shovelling 12:00 [1]

Walks, etc. Had about 10".

Road running 54:19 [2] 4.8 mi (11:19 / mi) +40m 11:02 / mi
shoes: NB 993

Slow pavement pound with Diane. Water tower loop, up to touch fence around tower. Some slippery surface, some distance along others' SS tracks. Overcast, hi 20s.

Tuesday Feb 16, 2010 #

Walking 15:00 [1] 0.4 mi (37:29 / mi)

DP, inspecting burn area. Satisfying to see a tangle of branches gone. Zoe furiously digging for something under snow.

Road running 51:44 [3] 5.5 mi (9:24 / mi)
shoes: NB 993

Luti 5 at noon. Legs about like I expected, lifeless. Groin discomfort retreated. Forecast for snow, most schools closed. Nothing until 2:30p.

Weightexercise workout 25:00 [1]

Almost to myself.

Took a look at the pool, 25 yds it appears. A bit wistful, it's there for the using.

Snow shovelling 20:00 [1]

Shovelled for 20' upon returning home. Not wet but same amount of work I expend at gym. 5-6", looks like winter this eve.

Monday Feb 15, 2010 #

Walking 20:00 [1] 0.6 mi (33:19 / mi)

2 DP's, walked from one big, bare hemlock spot to another as well as on bare, frozen ground in marshy areas. Got to 40F today.

Wood hauling/stacking 40:00 [1]

Alot of pulling, hauling, making a burn pile from an old stash under a big hemlock. Once that got lit, more incentive to haul more, burn more. Pile gradually got smaller. Decent work.


Faraway series; photos from elsewhere, #3:
Solomon Islands sunset, '88

Snow shovelling 12:00 [1]

Walks etc, had about 10".

Sunday Feb 14, 2010 #

Skate skiing 2:15:00 [3] 10.0 km (13:30 / km) +150m 12:33 / km

Ski O Long at Craftsbury. Distance & climb a guess. Snowed fairly hard most of day, adding a few inches of slithery white to the needy surface. Skiing was good from that point of view. Orienteering wasn't hard (of course) - ski O usually isn't unless one of those European maps with countless choices & steep penalties if ignoring/not seeing contours. Tired out, groin strain which I'd incurred about 13 mo ago at the Jackson 30k ski started to make itself known so stopped at the map exchange. Alot of skaters went flying by. Ernst did so (I stepped aside) on a narrow "green dot" trail where mode of propulsion is debatable - double-pole, marathon skate whatever, just do it fast.

Matter of fact on contours, yesterday, one was assured that if first section up, next would be down & spending extra moments for "contour calculation" didn't seem to be worth the time - esp since it may have been inconclusive anyway.

Just down the road from Craftsbury OC; would love to return when June green was in full bloom


Opted not to do sprint due to groin strain, being "too beat up" & having a foot O meet in 5 days in North Carolina. Need some time at home as well. Too bad since I was most interested in seeing Ken's place/nordic "adventure" in Chester. Have been reading of his skiing, grooming for some years now & today was to have been the day.... 392 mi by time I was home, in time to not be "in trouble" on Valentine's Day.

Problems with cold fingers, esp Sat even tho not a cold day. Get vaso-spasm from old cold injuries & it can take quite some time to reverse. Had worn gloves (dumb, too, in that a warm mitt on right hand would have been ok) for e-punch thinking I could get away with them. Had a chemical warmer in left palm (lost right) & so, when fingers were too cold to fxn for some time was considerably annoyed/frustrated/distracted. Hans loaned me "electric" gloves for Sunday - 6 batteries. These were ok but wore mitts over in any event so as not to repeat Saturday.

Goals for weekend of experience, exercise, see some of Vermont & escape "same old groove" at home were accomplished. A nice job by a small group of ski O enthusiasts, nice venue, well-done, particularly considering weather challenge.

Saw this yesterday. Thought it may have been a church, yet what it says is hardly complimentary...

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