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Training Log Archive: IanW

In the 1 days ending Feb 17, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:26:04 6.03(14:17) 9.7(8:52) 31018 /26c69%
  Run - off road1 50:006 /6c100%
  Warm up/down1 5:00
  Total1 2:21:04 6.03 9.7 31024 /32c75%

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Sunday Feb 17, 2008 #

Orienteering 1:26:04 [3] *** 9.7 km (8:52 / km) +310m 7:39 / km
spiked:18/26c shoes: 2007 Falcons

Beaudesert event, M21L. Pretty poor, was running non-comp and wasn't quite sure how I was treating it as a run. Too many silly mistakes, tiredness from yesterday evident near the end, lack of concentration/application far too evident round the majority of the course. Didn't feel I was pushing it with the running, 'floating' rather than being aggressive, but the hills were again too tiring for my liking.

Controls of note:

#4 - changed route choice twice, first choice was right but ended up going over the hill. Stupid.
#6 - had nice plan but didn't read map enough near the end of the technical leg and screwed it up, going to the wrong boulder. 30"
#7 - stupidly poor exit from #6, looking back no idea what I was doing
#11 - poor route, poor attack point, missed useful detail (veg boundary) on map, far too hesitant in. 30"
#13 - not aware of exact exit direction from #12, misinterpreted pits near boundary for one 150m further west (mag north lines obscuring detail), then veg mapping confusing and far more ditches/pits on ground than on map. Stupid. 3' +
#15 got lucky, in hindsight that was the best way of doing it, very very bingo, nearest attack 150+m away for a 3m wide pit in low vis white forest.
#19 - far too hesitant, 15"
#21 - really stupid mistake of day - 350m leg, route choice through/round green - mapped as "difficult to walk" for ~200m going straight, round was 700m either way with 15-20m climb. Round it is then, up hill, down white re-entrant. Except took white ride instead, didn't even register it wasn't a re-entrant, end up 100m along leg having run 650m. Not going back up hill, too far. Fight it is then - ease through 90% of it no worse then light green, there's even an elephant track at one point. If had known, would have gone straight no question. Afterwards really pissed off with veg mapping (this wasn't the only occurrence today) which when conifers were concerned seemed more visibility than runnability... 2' - 2'30"
#22 - short leg afterwards, compass work and distance judgement was shit, went into headless chicken mode. Lucky it was only 1'
#25 - poor route thro' light green (slower than fight to #21) then got to path jct and "where's the walk?" - scattered trees if that! 45"

So should have easily gone under 80.

Too many controls today seemed hidden away behind fallen trees etc, and a couple were a bit bingo... Also thought the veg mapping was poor, especially where only that presents a route choice dilemma and it turns out you could actually go straight. Was pleasantly surprised about the runnability of the area given the map, course mainly used the nice bits.

Lesson of the weekend - the Chase is nice for orienteering, shame about the maps...

Run - off road 50:00 [1] ***
spiked:6/6c shoes: 2007 Falcons

Unsurprisingly, a general feeling of apathy towards the relay planned for afterwards meant it didn't happen. Collected in block of 6 controls quite far away from assembly, no problems there, just with the route back which I walked almost all of, found the orange mud and had a nice 70m climb at the end...

By now, really knackered.

Warm up/down 5:00 [1]
shoes: 2007 Falcons

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