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Training Log Archive: boyle

In the 7 days ending Sep 27, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering4 6:54:33 18.37(22:34) 29.57(14:01) 233108c
  basic training4 54:00
  walking3 49:00 3.04(16:06) 4.9(10:00)
  Running2 48:00 3.79(12:39) 6.11(7:52)
  Total7 9:25:33 25.21 40.58 233108c
averages - sleep:4.9

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Saturday Sep 27, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 8:00 [3] 1.0 km (8:00 / km)
slept:5.0 shoes: adidas Response TR 14

This was a POOR performance. But I did complete the course. The map was so overwhelmed with contour lines that I spent the end of most legs desperately circling for a contour-based control. I won't blame the non-stop rain, the long drive, the lack of sleep or the lack of warming up. I simply orienteered badly.

walking warm up/down 19:00 [1] 1.9 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: adidas Response TR 14

orienteering race 1:49:34 [3] *** 5.3 km (20:40 / km) +123m 18:31 / km
16c shoes: adidas Response TR 14

Middle distance
Salmon River Fish Hatchery NY
course 8

I'm now wondering if there are occassions when a DNF or MP would be better than published results.

In hindsight, I should have used precision compass work to overcome all the contours. Each time I considered taking a precision bearing, I'd think things were getting better. They weren't.

According to WinSplits, I blew only six of the seventeen legs. At no time was I running better than 29th position in the age group. It will be an interesting exercise when I put my route choices on RouteGadget and put my comments to my splits.

Friday Sep 26, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 40:00 [3] 5.11 km (7:50 / km)
slept:4.9 shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

After missing out the past two years, I finally got to the sprint series finals. It was awesome fun and entertaining. It seemed to rain contiuously except while I was actually racing.

I wasn't happy with my ranking but I was very happy with my speed in the preliminary sprint. Remember that the orienteering speed is not normal distance but the distance a bird would directly fly while I'm running around and through field and forest.

I finished (age group) tenth in the preliminary. I don't understand how I also finished tenth in the three-map final in which I made many, many mistakes (yet to be documented). Perhaps there were only ten runners in my age group...haha.

walking warm up/down 20:00 [1] 2.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

orienteering race 15:58 [5] *** 2.1 km (7:36 / km) +55m 6:43 / km
14c shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

Preliminary sprint
Green Lakes state park, Fayetteville NY

According to the WinSplits Online results, I had no bad legs. Two legs were third fastest in age group.

orienteering race 30:11 [4] *** 3.5 km (8:37 / km) +55m 8:00 / km
27c shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

Sprint finals
Green Lakes state park, Fayetteville NY

According to WinSplits I had four or five bad legs.

Thursday Sep 25, 2008 #

basic training 15:00 [1]
(rest day)

Wednesday Sep 24, 2008 #

basic training 13:00 [1]
(rest day)

With a rank of 729th out of 868 men in the North American sprint series, I won't be starting too early in the series semi-final on Friday. The first ranked run first.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2008 #

orienteering (Stony Swamp) 1:00:16 [4] *** 5.43 km (11:06 / km)
16c shoes: adidas Response Trail XII 0040

I'm not surprised that the tape is already missing from high traffic spots, #3 (203) and #16 (210). However, these are such obvious features (that even I wouldn't miss them) and I will not reinstall flagging tape.

Now it's time to heal before the champs.

Lost Lucy signs have come down so I can only hope that she was found well.

basic training 13:00 [1]

Monday Sep 22, 2008 #

basic training 13:00 [1]
(rest day)

My much too swampy walking shoes are in the garbage. I must find some shoes this weekend.

Sunday Sep 21, 2008 #

orienteering race 2:02:27 [3] *** 7.81 km (15:41 / km)
19c shoes: adidas Response Trail XII 0040

Stony Swamp
Long advanced

Flags will stay up on this course to be used for training. It's very much a runner's map. Translation: I over ran far too many targets. I'll put race comments in my splits.

I went back and ran the long intermediate which will also be left flagged for training. Before next season, I'll make sure that the tape is removed.

I stayed in the forest until 17h30 hoping to stumble upon Lucy the lost Labrador. Sadly, it didn't happen.

orienteering race 1:16:07 [3] *** 5.43 km (14:01 / km)
16c shoes: adidas Response Trail XII 0040

Stony Swamp
Long intermediate

I guess I didn't have much left in the tank for this one. I'm thankful that the volunteers let me start late. Comments are in my splits.

walking 10:00 [1] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: ASICS Gel-Kahana

I'm covered in blister and bruises which will probably still be there at next week's North American championships.

Today I startled the same poor porcupine that I stumbled upon two weeks ago. In a race with a snail and a clam, I'm pretty sure the porcupine loses.

Pat passed away yesterday. I'm really sorry that I didn't get her to train me.

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