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Training Log: jennycas

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 2:02:07 1.37 2.2
  running2 1:47:00
  riding1 1:01:00 11.81(5:10) 19.0(3:13)
  swimming1 35:00 0.62(56:20) 1.0(35:00)
  Total7 5:25:07 13.79 22.2

Wednesday Oct 17 #

8 AM

orienteering race (ASMG Telegraph Station) 58:04 [4]
shoes: Asics GT-2000

60 minute score, starting @0730 before it got too hot. Everyone headed for straight for the rocky knoll just near the car park and I had to wait in the queue to punch. Stopped to hang one flag back up, and made a couple of small overshoots on controls (something about a 1: 6 000 map) but got through the northern - more open - half of the course in less than half an hour and started to get excited, thinking that maybe I could get them all inside the time limit. Was a bit inaccurate heading up a rocky hillside looking for a rockface beyond some bare rock, when suddenly Susanne appeared out of nowhere and I couldn't get away from her over the next few controls!

We'd take different routes then converge on the control; I could run faster where it was open but she could mountain-goat lightfootedly through the rocky stuff while I was rather too tentative. Every time I pulled away, I'd turn around to see her coming up behind me...and then I made a massive mistake with only 2 controls to go. The last couple were just over the other side of the Todd River, and I needed to head just soouth of east out of the hills, but couldn't seem to stick to my bearing, got dragged SE by a creekline which I really should have crossed, and ended up hitting the 'river' about 300m south of where I should have been :(

So the race was lost, but to add insult to injury I then couldn't find the next control I was looking for. A flat slab of concrete in long grass, just north of a creek junction or so the map said, but it definitely wasn't right there and after a couple of min I started to get worried about being late back so cut my losses, feeling rather sad (in Eleanor-speak). A restorative iced coffee from the Telegraph station refreshed me enough to go control collecting (S&L and I tag-teamed with minding the kidlets) whereupon I discovered that the control feature was actually about 30m north of where it's mapped and on the opposite side of a clump of trees which I'd never looked beyond. Oh well, should have been thinking like a Territorian.
7 PM

orienteering race (ASMG night O) 41:10 [4]
shoes: Asics GT-2000

I'm not good with score events or with night O so juxtaposing them is generally a bad idea, and the familial cold's finally settled on me after 2 days of saw froat so my head was fairly spaced out, but OTOH Uncle Geoffrey (who flew in @midday) was available for kid-wrangling, so Susanne & Lachlan & I could all run on Manu's brand new map of the Alice Springs Golf Course :)

Start was @the golf club, and I ruled out going to a nearby control first because I thought the fence behind it was impassable, so from the start my route was suboptimal because I'd have to double back for it later on. Ran as hard as I could though, and was around quite a few guys even after I'd mistaken negative contours for a low sandhill and in fact climbed a bigger hill unnecessarily when I should have been looking in a basin, and compounded the error by thinking that the blue filled-in circle which the control was on would be a tank when in fact it's a pond...

Anyway, that was a small issue compared to what I did later on - with only 2 controls to go and needing to head west to a drainage channel, managed instead to read that I was still at my previous control and headed south instead, hitting a fence, being unable to find it on the map because it was just off the bottom edge of the mapped area (Manu, don't laugh, yes I did run off your map!) and spent 5 minutes in no-man's land, getting confused because the building lights I could see to the west didn't seem to be those of the Doubletree Hilton (in fact I was as far south as the casino - oops) and getting a bit freaked out by a 4WD driving around among the mullock heaps.

Anyway, eventually corrected by heading north, and still got all 20 controls within the 45 min time limit, but was pretty embarrassed, especially when I found out that the 3rd-placed woman (a local, so maybe she was more familiar with the golf course?) was only a few seconds behind me. Had been a bit disillusioned with silver medals, but bronze would have been so much more humiliating. I just don't seem to have orienteered well at all this year, even at WMOC. Presentations were held inside the golf clubrooms where we could order dinner, and Susanne had to get all dressed up in her fancy ASMG ambassador's uniform to present the medals, and Eleanor told mummy she looked beautiful. A fitting end to a great sequence of races and some incredibly hard work by Kay. Now I'm on holidays?

Tuesday Oct 16 #

6 AM

running 1:10:00 [3]
shoes: Asics GT-2000

Headed up past the Telegraph Station (encountering all the ASMG cross-country runners going the other way) to collect the MTBO - lockable, but not all from the same set, so I had no less than 6 different keys with me - controls at the furtherest end of the map, then Lachlan and Eleanor met me at the water drop and the rest were driven near to and I ran out/back to collect. At first, E was concerned that L was going to leave me behind each time he drove on to prearranged meeting points but apparently by the end she was egging him on to drive off as I neared the car!

In other news, a proxy parenting fail: cleaning my teeth while keeping an eye on Heidi and in the time it took me to rinse/spit she had managed to open my soap-holder and gnaw on the contents. At least pink grapefruit flavoured glycerine isn't too awful...

Monday Oct 15 #

6 AM

running 37:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 23

Fairly casual sunrise run to the Telegraph Station & back with Clare Paynter (with whom SLEH & I are staying Eastside) and another girl who doesn't run much, so there were plenty of stops. Dustcloudy sky, but at least it wasn't as hot today (yesterday made 38) so SEH & I walked into town while Lachlan was printing maps, and it seriously took 1 1/2 hours to get Susanne out of the local Vinnies!

In the afternoon put out a few MTBO controls and then minded EH while the MTB score event was on and SL were off updating the map for Wed. Felt a bit sorry for the ASMG employees who turned up before 4pm to bring the banners and podium, then had to wait around a couple of hours until the presentations - as did the sportsmed people, who had no customers today. I'm impressed at how well organised the games are (must get a lot of local sponsorship) and also at how Kay's basically running the 4 O events all by herself!

Sunday Oct 14 #

9 AM

orienteering race (ASMG sprint) 22:53 [3] 2.2 km (10:24 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 19

St Philip's school, which has quite a nice network of buildings and some rocky hillocks up the back. At 1: 2 000, unsurprisingly we had a map change. More surprisingly, we had some netballers trying orienteering for the first time. And also a bonus out-and-back across the Todd River, which led some people to even greater scale fails than control 130 did in the Aust Sprint Champs @Renmark. All worked pretty well although the controls were incredibly difficult to punch manually on the really stiff control card, so I'm blaming that, rather than my dodgy knees or the unaccustomed heat, for the fact that Susanne beat me by 9 seconds.

Saturday Oct 13 #

8 AM

riding (Brownhill Creek) 1:01:00 [3] 19.0 km (3:13 / km)

Q: What goes:
"Get off!"
"Sod off!"
"Piss off!"
"F**k off!"
A: Me playing Angry Birds with the Caravan Park Magpie. No less than 9 swoops across outward and return journeys, which must be some sort of a record.

Strangely enough, my flight to Alice Springs didn't contain many young people. It did contain more than one netball team, whose members' shirts proclaimed them to be named: Cheryl, Cherie, Cindy, Kylie, Jacqui, Sandy, etc etc. I'd heard that netball is big in the ASMG and the opening parade proved this to be so; since O for orienteering comes just behind N for netball we had a good view of all the teams' outfits (which would have put WOC/JWOC after-parties to shame). The fireworks were good - placed in the dry bed of the Todd River of course - if a little loud for Eleanor's and Heidi's delicate ears.

Friday Oct 12 #

7 AM

swimming 35:00 [3] 1.0 km (35:00 / km)

Currently feeling like I don't want to organise another event any time soon, after having major responsibilities for no less than 4 different orienteering & rogaining races this year. Am still dealing with the fallout from the wedding double-booking, plus I somehow feel as though I should personally apologise to anyone who feels that they were short-challenged (navigationally or physically) last weekend...

OTOH, my next major event responsibility is setting ARC 2020 and I am already wondering which O maps we should put aside for Easter 2023!

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