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Training Log Archive: Frostbite

In the 7 days ending May 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 3:02:23 10.44(17:28) 16.8(10:51) 385
  running2 1:43:52 9.0(11:32) 14.48(7:10)
  Total5 4:46:15 19.44(14:44) 31.28(9:09) 385

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Sunday May 26 #

orienteering 46:17 [3] 5.1 km (9:05 / km)

Scottish Relays, Roseisle. Felt mostly knackered and was just a bit slow. No navigational problems. Really struggled in the brashings towards the end. Lots of walking.

It doesn't really feel like a race if you haven't a clue who you are racing against.

Saturday May 25 #

orienteering 1:17:06 [3] 7.4 km (10:25 / km) +225m 9:03 / km

Scottish Champs, Craig Leach, Inverness.

The first two thirds of the course were lovely but quite hard work - flattish open forest on top of the plateau with plenty of contour detail. Then we crossed over to the next hill which meant a big climb up and the forest was steeper and rougher. I chose the wrong route on #18, trying to go straight through the rough forest when there was a path not far away. It turned out to be a bit too rough so I ended up descending to the bottom of the slope and then climbing back up again. At least that seems to have been better than trying to stick to the straight line. And my attempt to cut the corner en route to #10 was a bit of a fail. I was defeated a bit by the heavy going and ended up just running parallel to the track instead of cutting across the angle.

3rd M55 so I got a wooden medal. yay.

Friday May 24 #

running 23:50 [3] 2.2 mi (10:50 / mi)

Kippendavie loop. Much more comfortable than last week.

Wednesday May 22 #

orienteering 59:00 [3] 4.3 km (13:43 / km) +160m 11:34 / km

Bantaskine WEE, Green course. A bad night to choose to do the long course. It was pouring down and pretty dark under the trees so I could barely see the map, or the ground, or anything very much. There were some very steep, very wet muddy slopes to contend with, but I was wearing inov8s rather than dobbs because there was also a fair bit of tarmac.

Found 1 and 2 alright. Minced down the slope to 3 and got confused by an extra path marked as an earthbank - sort of a terrace thing. 5 didn't seem quite right. 6 the thickets were all different to what was mapped so I hunted around for a little while before finding it. 7 I set off straight and soon found myself plunging down into a massive hole. I couldn't read the contours but I knew the path was down there somewhere. Eventually found my way out of the hole but only after some existential angst. 9 I went straight to the wet pit but there was no control, and John was there hunting around. Hunted around for a while too before giving up. Apparently it was in the wrong place. 10 got confused by the fact that there was a canal bridge as well as a railway bridge over the road. Neither was shown on the map but my brain automatically extrapolated the railway but not the canal. This meant I climbed up the wrong side of the canal and had to climb down again. 16 (repeat of 6) was back to the other side of the massive hole so I took a very roundabout route mainly in the open. 18 the shortest way was to jump off a massive cliff. It looked on the map like there were gaps you could get down but trying it would have been a bit dangerous. Minced along the crags miles past the control until I could get down and come back again.

A shame. The other WEEs I've done have been much better than this. Maybe this would have been better without the rain, but then again maybe I won't come back to find out.

Tuesday May 21 #

running 1:20:02 [3] 6.8 mi (11:46 / mi)

Baxter's Loan. I wasn't intending to go this far but was enjoying the easy pace and the surroundings. It started to be a struggle after crossing the Faery Bridge. Still a bit tired from the weekend.

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