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Training Log Archive: David_Waller

In the 7 days ending Oct 28, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 4:55:55 15.77(18:46) 25.38(11:40)
  Trail running1 40:00 4.0(10:00) 6.44(6:13)
  Total5 5:35:55 19.77(17:00) 31.81(10:34)

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Friday Oct 28, 2011 #

3 PM

Orienteering race 21:38 [4] 2.1 km (10:18 / km)
shoes: Inov8 - Xtalon 212

SLOC red/blue sprint at Sherwood Springs, Cuivre River State Park. I was really not too thrilled with either this course or my performance. Lost a minute on the first control out of sheer stupidity. When I saw Eric Buckley at the start, I stupidly assumed that he had set the course and that his first control would be a complete no-brainer. But it was a half-brainer, and confused me. I lost my SI chip between 6 and 7 and lost another minute going back to look for it.

The official results show me as taking 45 minutes for this course, but that is wrong. There was a problem with the start unit, and it added 23 minutes to my time erroneously. I think my real time was 21:38
7 PM

Orienteering race 1:07:27 [2] 3.6 km (18:44 / km)
shoes: MudRock IV

SLOC Night-O Championship, Cuivre River, brown course. I ran okay, but made my share of mistakes -- typical for night-O. I enjoyed the course setting, which provided quite a few nice route choices. I'm not sure that I can really say that I had fun, though. Between 4, 5, and 6, there was a lot of dense vegetation to work through -- probably wouldn't have been a problem in the day, but was annoying at night. I figured out the real reason why I don't really like night-O, though: 80% of the time, I get punished for running. It rewards careful navigation, but it's hard to get a good run out of it.

Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 #

4 PM

Trail running 40:00 [3] 4.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: MudRock IV

very slow run at HW

Sunday Oct 23, 2011 #

12 PM

Orienteering 1:27:21 [4] 6.8 km (12:51 / km)
shoes: MudRock IV

MVOC Germantown, Red course. A demanding park, with more than one leg that forced me through denser vegetation than I would like. All in all, it was a pretty good course. I made two bad route choice mistakes, but otherwise, my navigation was quite clean. I was pretty tired, though, and felt pretty slow.

Saturday Oct 22, 2011 #

7 PM

Orienteering race 1:59:29 [4] 8.0 mi (14:56 / mi)
shoes: MudRock IV

ICO's score-O at Eagle Creek. I really enjoy this event. The navigation is relatively easy, although there are always a couple real challenges. But mostly, it's a chance to run hard and get a bit of night-time practice.

I started with the south controls, and by the time I had worked my way north, I knew that I would have to drop a few in order to make it in on time. I thought I could just drop #1 and #2, but I ended up having to skip #11 and #14, too.

My route went: 22, 21, 23, 25, 24 (no bag), 20, 19, 18, 26, 17, 13E, 12 (which I thought was a bit mis-mapped), 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 6, 10, 15, 16, F. By my count, that's 32 points (including the 3 point bridge bonus). I had taped my punch card to my map and when I turned it in, my name ripped-off. So I don't think that the director was able to match my card with my name.

I made two big mistakes: First, I forgot about #25 and started running-off to another control for probably a hundred meters before realizing that I had missed it. Thankfully, another runner clued me into this. I also botched #4 badly. I attacked from the Eagle statue to the East, but thought that the statue was the lone X south of the control rather than the X north of the control. I lost a couple minutes, especially because this 'open area' was anything but.

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