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Training Log Archive: Gillian

In the 7 days ending Oct 16:

activity # timemileskm+m
  running4 5:19:00
  cycling3 1:41:00
  Total6 7:00:00

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Sunday Oct 16 #

cycling 1:01:00 [3]

Saturday Oct 15 #

running 2:15:00 [3]

FRA relays Leg 3 navigation leg with Suzanne.

This was really tough! Great fun, but a real challenge. Cloud down to about 200m, and fairly thick. We set off way at the back of the field, so not many other teams around.

Leg 1 was straight forward, along a track and then the path made by other runners.
Leg 2 was route choice, round or down/up; we went for round, and found a nice trod. I think round was an OK option - it certainly made the control easier to find.
Leg 3 was easy, following a fence and then off at a corner.
Leg 4 was tricky. We took a really safe route aiming off to a wall but the terrain was horrible - peat hags and tussocks. Got to the wall as planned, along to a corner, and then needed to pace along it to then cut off into horrible bog. Turned off on the early side, and got a bit worried wallowing about in peat and bog. Managed to find it OK, but was definitely worried!
Leg 5 We started off going straight, but we then came to the gorge. I was expecting to go upstream to find a crossing point, but marshals told us to "follow the tape to the end of the tape, then go down and up." So, we followed the tape to the end of the tape, and looked down into the ravine. Surely they didn't mean us to go down there? So went back to double check the instructions - go to the end of the tape, then down and up. So we looked down into the ravine, thought we could get down safely, and maybe getting up would be easier than it looked. So we went down carefully, stood in the stream at the bottom, looked up the cliff at the other side and decided we wouldn't even try. So, climbed back up again to the end of the tape. We then decided to go downstream a bit to the path, which wasn't where we had planned to go, but seemed safer than the ravine. However before we got to the path, we found a safe place to cross, which is probably what the marshal was meaning! Managed to relocate OK, used the top of the hill as an attack point, and found it fine.
Leg 6 then back to the finish was straightforward, and nice to be out of the cloud.

Didn't run much of it particularly hard - we only really ran hard at the start and finish and on the steep uphills. Suzanne was probably quicker than me on the flat tracks, and I was faster on the hills. The rest of the time was a question of making sure the nav was right, and not breaking a leg in the rough terrain.

Glad we didn't make any massive mistakes, and thanks to all the marshals who did a great job of trying to make the controls as easy to find as possible and handed out lots of lovely jelly babies!

Thursday Oct 13 #

cycling 25:00 [3]

no Rainbows, so fitted in a cheeky 25 mins instead.

Wednesday Oct 12 #

running 1:14:00 [3]

feeling a bit better today, nice and easy. tired by the end though

Tuesday Oct 11 #

running 33:00 [3]

feeling tired, so decided to be sensible

Monday Oct 10 #

running 1:17:00 [3]

KS from school. 46 to top.
not aware of being too stiff on way up although def not bouncy, but well aware of tight muscles on the way down.
Lots of stretching needed

cycling 15:00 [3]

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