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Training Log Archive: Bash

In the 7 days ending May 19:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Mountain Biking2 3:39:18 31.1(8.5/h) 50.05(13.7/h) 614
  Orienteering1 49:47 3.12(15:56) 5.03(9:54) 114
  Adventure Racing1 49:47 3.12(15:56) 5.03(9:54) 114
  Trekking1 28:41 1.3(22:05) 2.09(13:43)
  Total4 5:47:33 38.64(9:00) 62.19(5:35) 841

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Sunday May 19 #

9 AM

Mountain Biking (Single Track) 1:47:46 [3] 20.02 km (11.1 kph) +204m

Fun bike ride around Wasaga Beach Provincial Park with 'Bent and Coach LD. Some of the trails were sandy with poison ivy popping up, which is the way I picture this park. However, there was also a lot of great riding with no big rocks to ride over, which is unusual around here. We had a blast and barely saw anyone else all morning.

11 AM

Trekking (Beach) 28:41 [1] 2.09 km (13:43 / km)

'Bent and I went for a hike along part of Wasaga Beach. Somehow we managed to pick a smelly section. At least it wasn't crowded and it was still pretty. It seems that the water level is lower than usual. Attackpoint guessed that we were paddling, which makes sense because our GPS track is mostly in the water.

Saturday May 18 #

2 PM

Mountain Biking (Country Road) 1:51:32 [3] 30.02 km (16.1 kph) +409m

The trails were soft after yesterday's rain so 'Bent and I did a hilly gravel ride heading west from Kolapore. We don't have gravel bikes so we chugged along on full suspension mountain bikes with knobby tires - a great test before next weekend's Storm Race, which will have similar terrain.

I'm famously terrified of road riding but in the first 90 minutes, we only met two ATVs and a dozen vehicles, mostly trucks and SUVs. It was a bit busier when we finished the last few kms on pavement. There was one nervous moment when two cars were about to pass in opposite directions beside us on a steep uphill but the oncoming driver moved way over onto the shoulder and called out, "Hi guys!" It was a friend who lost her athletic husband to a careless driver; she won't put anyone at risk.

We rode past Metcalfe Rock, then back up to Duncan, over to Old Baldy and back via Redwing. There were plenty of hills, which also meant some nice long views to the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay.

Today felt like a vacation - Collingwood Farmer's Market, dog hike among the trilliums, bike ride in the sun, Giro d'Italia time trial and dinner on our favourite restaurant patio. A few days ago, we had to cancel our June kayak trip due to family illness so a mini-getaway was good for the soul.

Thursday May 16 #

6 PM

Orienteering (Biathlon) 49:47 [3] 5.03 km (9:54 / km) +114m 8:54 / km
ahr:133 max:163

Tonight was the first-ever Spring Biath-O-lon at Highlands Nordic! Coach LD, a biathlon coach and member of Dontgetlost South Georgian Bay, designed a creative training event combining shooting (with safe laser rifles) and navigation loops.

All teams did the different navigation loops so the strategy was to shoot accurately, navigate accurately and maybe visit some bonus controls! The biathletes taught their teammates how to shoot, and the orienteers taught the biathletes how to find controls with a map. Just like nordic skiing, orienteering in hilly terrain got participants' heart rates up and challenged their ability to hit the targets. Our team had to go through a rotation until we got 5 successful shots, then we could head out on our loop.

I had a great team with Connie Ohrling, Martha Whitton and our excellent biathlete and grade 9 student, Kiya. (sp?) We had two maps for the team so I ran without a map most of the time. I figure that I rarely get to shoot and the others rarely get to navigate, so that made sense. We cleared the course, heading out at the end to pick up all the controls we hadn't visited and finishing well within the 1-hour time limit.

It was a fun evening and the medals were made of chocolate - always a sign of a well-organized race. Big thanks to Coach LD for dreaming up this event and hosting it the day after her 30th wedding anniversary!

Amber getting coached.

Also in this photo, Scott Ford, Bob Miller, Goose and Nicole Johnson.

It was surprisingly warm and a little buggy. Boy, was I red in the face!

Adventure Racing 49:47 [3] 5.03 km (9:54 / km) +114m 8:54 / km

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