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Training Log Archive: McCloy

In the 7 days ending Jan 24, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:43:57 14.88(11:01) 23.94(6:51) 45035c
  Climbing1 1:30:00 25
  Total4 4:13:57 14.88 23.94 47535c

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Sunday Jan 23, 2011 #

12 PM

Orienteering race (Arthur's Seat) 1:03:35 [5] *** 7.9 km (8:03 / km) +450m 6:16 / km
29c shoes: Inov8 MudClaw 270 1st

Another excellently planned course on a great map. Highlights were the route choice from 2 to 3, tough decisions. Great technical descending from 17 to 18. The section of urban to finish off was the cherry on the top!

Saturday Jan 22, 2011 #

2 PM

Orienteering race (Edinburgh City Race) 54:00 [5] *** 11.0 km (4:55 / km)
shoes: Asics Cheapies

Absolutely brilliant weekend in Edinburgh. The map was brilliant, the courses were brilliant and the general organisation was very simple and very effective (on the outside). Well done to Edinburgh guys who might stumble upon this. We will be back!

A bit of analysis..

I started with the intent on making decisions fast and running as fast as I could, even if I knew it might not be the best route.

Controls 1 and 2 were nuts, I couldn't see the map hardly, so when I caught Brian I just followed him into 1, then legged it to 2. I was not thinking about where I was going at all. A great start (from a planners view) no time to think, straight in there. I had a good route in and out of 3. On the way to 4 I caught Fran and made the mistake of following around a building rather than leggin it around the road. I decided to try out run him to 5, but my route was messy and so I arrived seconds later. On the way to 6 Fran whacked his knee. I thought he was just grazed, but turns out it was worse. From then I stopped thinking about other people and started to orienteer. I picked up a good route (paddy found the best route) to 7, but made a mistake on the roads. 8 was a break and gave time to plan. 9 was straightforward, I was blasting my way to 10 and made a mistakearound the shop entries, I met a whole crowd of people coming out of 10, doing a dog leg. I continued down and beat the pack to 11. 12 was a hard decision, I could see 3 routes and in the end it was a trade off between length or climb, I decided to go for middling, in hindsight I should have went for length. 13, 14, 15 and 16 were straightforward. could not bring myself to turn back up the hill for 17, so I legged it on the flat. It was a nice breather and a good break for the brain, I made a mistake on the approach to 17. 18 and 19 were more mayhem similar to 1 and 2. 20 and 21 were straightforward, I even heard someone say "Queens" in a surprised tone, which lifted the spirits. 22 was straightforward enough, except for the police car decided they were going to try pace me up the road until I waved at them to get out of the way! 23 was grand, 24 was ok, but I missed the wee entry, only a second or two. At 25 I got drawn away from the control by some-one looking for 24. 26 was good running and nice route. 27 was a complete hatefull biatch! I tried to check if we could cut the fence at the right side, but alas no, I had to go up the dog poo steps (literally). 28 was a bit confusing on the way past one of the other courses controls, then it was a not so sprint to the finish.

I am really chuffed with fiishing 10th!

Thursday Jan 20, 2011 #


I discovered geocaching.... what a load of rubbish... literally! In one of the little boxes was a burger king toy, a keyring, some professionally printed geocaching thank you cards, a rubber, a coctail stirer and a dingy makeup applicator. I looked up to see if there were any close to home, and realised seemingly this is something for children and disabled people... I feel bad for nicking the one I found now, I might leave it back. However it has given me an idea for training... score event, 2 hours, 10 points for finding big ones, 20 points for finding small ones,... of course they would have to be brought to the finish in order to prove the legitimacy of the find!

Wednesday Jan 19, 2011 #

6 PM

Orienteering (Castlewellan) 46:22 [3] *** 5.04 km (9:12 / km)

Abysmal first control. Decided to go for the straight line option. I knew it was gonna be hard given the dark green, inricate ruins and steep ground, but bejaysus I didn't expect to end up in the middle of a pile of winswept trees. I had gone too far to turn back, so I ended up climbing over some big trees with plenty of spikey sticks sticking up at me.

Afet that I just jogged around, still making mistakes. nt a good night. Hope this weekend goes alot better!

Tuesday Jan 18, 2011 #

8 PM

Climbing 1:30:00 [3] +25m

Taught a couple of freshers how to sport climb. They should survive!

Done a couple of warmup routes and blitzed one of the "speed routes", then had a go at the arch again. The mantle shelf is getting easier, but I still haven't made it to the top. Should have warmed up a bit more, my finger is hurting.

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