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Training Log Archive: bishop22

In the 7 days ending Feb 16, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running5 1:51:44 13.86(8:04) 22.3(5:01)
  Orienteering2 1:38:06 10.28(9:33) 16.54(5:56)29 /37c78%
  Swimming1 44:10 1.25(35:20) 2.01(21:57)
  Strength1 20:00
  Total6 4:34:00 25.39 40.8529 /37c78%
averages - sleep:6 weight:167lbs

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Saturday Feb 16, 2008 #

Orienteering race 1:23:45 [4] *** 8.91 mi (9:24 / mi)
spiked:18/25c slept:9.75

Blue course at the Texas Stampede. As well as yesterday went for the family, today didn't.

Zach hasn't gone over his course with me yet, but he was about 15min/km, so he's back in 9th place in the Intermediate school category. And Nate had a 10 minute error on his C13, which probably dropped him from 2nd to 7th pretty quickly. At least Walt finished (and not too slowly), and Patty ran very well on her Green course, perhaps 66 minutes.

C1 went quite well and gave me false confidence on my reading ability on this map. I blew C2 by over 10 minutes, mostly due to unrewarded attempts to read the vegetation after I somehow lost the main trail that would have taken me within 40m of the control. I was all over the place, trying to relocate, and finally stumbled across C9, or I may have still been out there.

C3 thru 11 were in the southern part of the map, which seemed to be relatively easy to navigate (except when the vegetation chased me away from the line to C7 and I lost at least 2 minutes).

C12 was the long leg, to get to the N part of the map, and I ran mostly on the dirt roads to the left, for a nice stretch of pure running. I took my time leaving the road to find the indistinct trail thru a nasty section of "light" green. Leaving C12 also required a bit of zig-zag thru medium and dark green to find another indistinct trail, but then I did quite well thru C16 (perhaps running a little farther than I had to, to take advantage of trails and rough open.

First half of C17 went well, but then I ended up running over the hill to play ot safe, when I should have run around. C18-C21 went quite well, except I was quite tired running uphill thru rough open to get to C20. C22 was another miss - I drifted left (unknowingly of course), so when I got to the trail and saw a cairn on the other side, I was shocked when there was no flag behind it, but I corrected when I saw another cairn on the map. I lost at least 2 minutes trying to go relatively straight to C23 without noticing the uncrossable fence. At that point, I should have gone right, but I panicked and went left, which added even more time. And then I stopped at the control before mine, distracted by others (and my clue sheet had been torn off, so I didn't know what I was looking for), before moving on to the water slide.

Running 21:00 [2] 2.33 mi (9:00 / mi)

w/up included getting Z to the start (alternating 1 min jog / walk), jogging back to the car (1100m), some brief jogging and jogging back to the start.

w/dn was not worthy of logging - my legs were pretty worn out.


Oh, I forgot to do my whining: I made a rare 90 degree error on one leg that cost me a minute or so. The map has some printing - the club name I believe - that is not aligned to the north, but to the west. I thought all text had to point north, and I left a control with the map folded and using my baseplate as if it were a thumb compass, so I got a bit away from the control before I realized the text was sideways.

I can't find a rule that actually covers this, but I thought I had read that sometime in the past. Perhaps its just another thing I have to note when I flip a map over.

Friday Feb 15, 2008 #

Orienteering race 14:21 [4] *** 2.2 km (6:31 / km)
spiked:11/12c slept:2.75

Whew, what a freakin' long day. Since Chelsea's game went late and then their bus wasn't able to start up to bring them home from Greece, we had to go back and get her and yada, yada, I'm packed and in bed at 1 and up at 3:45am to catch the flight to Texas. That would be Houston, TX (Hobby, to boot), which meant a drive of over 3 hours up to the meet site. The start was closing at 4, we got there at about 5 of.

Nate started a minute ahead of me. I ran fairly clean (too far left on 8 cost me time) and Nate had goofs on 8 and 9, so I saw him punch 9, at which point the navigation was basically over, so I couldn't close any further. Nate picked up third in HS Varsity. His competition seems to be pretty tight. A kid named Huw seems quite tough, and Greg A was just ahead of Nate and Gabe S was just behind him. And there are a couple more kids that are in the running.

Zach had a very fine run. Before we started I had snuck a peek at the results and someone pointed out that a Primary School competitor had gone about 17.5 minutes. Zach is doing Intermediate this week, since his school is grades 6-8 (and we want him to stick to Yellow now), but the Primary school kid was also a '96. Zach went out and did 16:45 or so - and the course was 2.0k, only slightly shorter than Nate's and my 2.2k. That snagged 2nd out of IS competitors (first place is 2 years older than him, 3rd place is 3 years older). Knocking on wood would be in order here, since the weekend courses are likely to be a fair amount tougher than today (Zach said there were some key streamers laid out today, although he chose to ignore some of them to take shortcuts).

Running 13:00 [2] 1.5 mi (8:40 / mi)

5 min w/up (luckily I forgot my SID card at the car, or the w/up would have been even shorter.

Got 8 min in with Nate afterwards.

Thursday Feb 14, 2008 #

Running 29:59 [2] 3.75 mi (8:00 / mi)
ahr:141 max:156 slept:5.75

Tight schedule again today, but I squeezed in some gerbil work before we had to get to Chelsea's hoop game (they won - to win the "D" bracket of Counties). 7.0 to 7.5 mph during the first 1/2 mile, then did 4x100m strides at 9.0 mph during the last 3/4 mile.

HR gradually rose from ~135 to ~145 while running 8:00 pace, not very encouraging.

Wednesday Feb 13, 2008 #

slept:6.0 weight:167lbs (rest day)

So much to do, so little time before the 6am flight on Friday. I had to make the trip down to Bristol and back again today, during another long lunch, to see Nate compete in the Sectional relay. He did pretty well for being on classic skis for the 2nd time this year (and perhaps 6th time ever), and his "B" relay beat Irondequoit's "A" team in a nice see-saw battle.

Got home shortly before the Sabres-Leafs came on TV. I was supposed to be at the game, but if there wasn't time to train today, I certainly couldn't afford the extra 3 hours of driving.

In the good news department, I found my missing Garmin, compass and O-shoes. The law of conservation of lost items means that I seem to have misplaced Nate's thumb compass. I'm not sure what else will turn up missing when we pack.

But the most exciting news is that I have a new niece, complements of brother PJ (well, Cynthia did just about all of the work). That makes 17 (well, counting nephews) - 15 on my side of the family to 2 on Chris's side.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2008 #

slept:5.75 (rest day)

Took an extra long lunch to see Nate ski at Sectionals (39th, despite starting out too quickly), and left work just in time to get to Chelsea's County playoff game (they beat Spencerport for the third time this year). And I still hadn't really eaten when I got home, and the Sabres were already well into the first period, so there was no way I was squeezing in a workout.

Strength (Shoveling) 20:00 [2]

At least I wasn't a total slug today.

And I did run between my car and the ski meet 4 times (over 2 minutes each time!).

Monday Feb 11, 2008 #

Swimming 44:10 [3] 1.25 mi (35:20 / mi)


Enough work at lunchtime to rationalize not going out into the cold, so I went to Bayview in the evening. Easily the best swim workout I've had in ages.

Running 21:31 [3] 3.0 mi (7:10 / mi)

After swimming, jumped on the treadmill at 9:38pm, so I only had 22 minutes until closing and wanted to get in 3 miles (the old minimum amount to count as a run). Went from 7 to 7.5mph during the first 1/4 mi, then upped it by 0.1mph every 0.1 miles, up to 9.3mph, just before the 2 mile mark, then back down to 8.3 by the end. Felt surprisingly easy.

Random splits:
2:13 - first 1/4
7:31 - next mile
3:25 - next 1/2
3:15 - next 1/2
3:21 - next 1/2
1:45 - last 1/4

Sunday Feb 10, 2008 #

Running 26:14 [2] 3.28 mi (8:00 / mi)

Ran from the Hockey Outlet in North Tonawanda, after dropping Zach off for his game. It was cold and the wind was brutal - more into the wind on the way out for 13:44, then came back in 12:30.

After Zach's game, we went straight to the Sabres game, arriving with about 5 minutes left in the first period (an unusual 6pm start time, coupled with the late start and long duration of Zach's game cost us). The highlight of the game was the Sabres finally rallying after blowing a 2-goal lead for the 3rd straight game. The lowlight of the game was the frightening and gory injury to Richard Zednik in the 3rd period - it absolutely silenced the arena. The game continued after an announcement that he was stable and on the way to the hospital, but there was still a pall over the arena.

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