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Training Log Archive: bbrooke

In the 8 days ending Sep 8, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Orienteering3 6:25:55 17.27(22:21) 27.79(13:53) 1861
  Run / Hike4 2:18:05 9.96(13:52) 16.03(8:37) 575
  Cycling2 1:57:30 10.98(10:42) 17.67(6:39) 856
  Strength / Stretching1 3:00
  Total10 10:44:30 38.21 61.49 3293
averages - sleep:7.5 weight:120.7lbs

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Monday Sep 7, 2020 #

Orienteering 1:04:42 [3] 3.58 mi (18:04 / mi)
slept:8.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Turq)

Middle-style course at Granite Planite.

This was really fun! I was motivated to run since it was a shorter, flatter course -- and to try to stay ahead of Sharon.

The were several locations with old streamers (the same pink & blue combo as today's course). My tracks show that I found one of those instead of the actual #7...

A few mistakes at 9, 16 & 17 -- also the area where I caught up with some people and was overly focused on getting ahead of them.


Sunday Sep 6, 2020 #

Orienteering 3:22:09 [3] 7.08 mi (28:33 / mi) +1308ft 24:18 / mi
slept:7.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Turq)

Last night, I was extra-tired and had no trouble whatsoever falling asleep. But then, promptly at 7am this morning, the next-door neighbors started banging a sledgehammer on a metal drum (that's what it sounded like, anyway) -- at irregular intervals, which made it even more annoying and sleep-ruining. It turned out to be landscaping workers throwing cabbage-sized rocks into a wheel barrow...and they were still at it when I got home at ~3pm.

Training course at Antenna Hill.

I found the start triangle OK this time (Neal's car), but bumbled #1 (a cliff in a marshy, overgrown area -- I got too deep into the aspens / deadfall).

Most of the rest of the course went OK, with small mistakes at #8, #11 & #23. I went a bit too wide around the green to #15. And, I was really hating it and considered quitting in and out of #13 (THICK green woods); my plan was to look for the cliff and then head down the spur, but I stopped short and turned left too soon at the wrong boulder.

I found this to be physically exhausting, so I didn't ride my bike afterwards -- just went home and watched Tour de France coverage and some Dateline Mysteries.


Saturday Sep 5, 2020 #

10 AM

Orienteering 1:59:04 [3] 6.61 mi (18:01 / mi) +553ft 16:41 / mi
shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Turq)

Training Course at Twin Boulders.

Despite being very physically tired, it took me forever to fall asleep last night -- and then I felt like I was waking up every 15 minutes throughout the night. Maybe it was pre-event anxiety / excitement.

So I think I was still cognitively foggy when I wandered off in the wrong direction on my way to the start. Thank you to Will for pointing me towards the correct feature and not mocking me. :-P

After that small embarrassment, the rest of the course went pretty well. I had errors at #9, #11, and #21, but nothing too disastrous -- 1:59:04 after cutting off the time spent walking to the start and in from the finish.

It was scorching hot, so I jumped at the chance to join Boris, Ali, Inara, Will & Sara on an excursion to North Crow Reservoir. The beach there was amazingly uncrowded, and the COLD water felt great. Very fun -- and it's always nice to be invited along somewhere when traveling alone.


3 PM

Strength / Stretching 3:00 [3]

Grueling plank sequence.

5 PM

Cycling 1:02:30 [3] 6.23 mi (10:02 / mi) +374ft 9:30 / mi
shoes: Safire

I *r-e-a-l-l-y* wanted a shower and a nap...but I forced myself to go for a ride after hauling my bike along on this trip.

Mikell had recommended the Schoolyard trail system as something flat & easy, so I headed there after leaving North Crow Reservoir. There was a sign board at the trailhead, but no map -- and I didn't want to waste any more time scrolling around on my tiny phone screen (which I find REALLY annoying & frustrating) -- so I just headed off on what looked like the most obvious trail.

Inner monologue for the first ~20 minutes: "Well...I guess this is what I asked for (flat & easy), but I probably wouldn't come here again." I was never out of sight of the neighboring houses & roads. Meh.

As I finished the loop, I decided to check out a dirt road that headed east. And that's where the actual Schoolyard MTB trails started. Yay! Singletrack! Slickrock! Scenic canyons! And PRONGHORN ANTELOPES!!! It was super fun, with many more miles I didn't have the energy to explore -- I would definitely ride here again.



Friday Sep 4, 2020 #

7 PM

Cycling 55:00 [3] 4.75 mi (11:35 / mi) +482ft 10:34 / mi
shoes: Safire

When I second-guess Google Maps' driving directions, I usually end up regretting it. But today, "light traffic" on I-25 turned out to be heavy congestion for more than an hour until I got past Fort Collins. Ugh.

So I squeaked into Curt Gowdy State Park with just barely enough time to ride the Stone Temple loop before dark. I stopped a few times to mess with my watch and take photos, and then I missed a turn and rode in the wrong direction for a while before I realized it. So it was almost fully dark when I finished. Oops...

This is an incredibly fun loop -- it was built specifically for mountain biking, and it has just enough rocks and tech stuff to be challenging (for me) but not scary. With more time / daylight, I would have ridden it twice.

2020-09-04 at City Gowdy State Park

2020-09-04 at City Gowdy State Park

Thursday Sep 3, 2020 #

Run / Hike 23:44 [3] 1.23 mi (19:18 / mi) +54ft 18:32 / mi
shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2020)

Neighborhood walk.

Wednesday Sep 2, 2020 #

1 PM

Run / Hike 20:36 [3] 1.21 mi (17:02 / mi) +81ft 16:01 / mi
slept:7.0 weight:121lbs shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2020)

Lunchtime walk in between meetings.

Two gnomes have appeared in the park near my house. I have a feeling they were probably "liberated" from a neighbor's yard...


6 PM

Run / Hike 1:01:09 [3] 5.5 mi (11:07 / mi) +325ft 10:32 / mi
shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2020)

Runner's Roost Group Run -- same route as last week, but much hotter! I had forgotten my hydration pack so I gladly drank a chemical-watermelon-flavored LaCroix when I got back to the park.

Tuesday Sep 1, 2020 #

Run / Hike 32:36 [3] 2.02 mi (16:08 / mi) +115ft 15:19 / mi
slept:8.0 weight:120.4lbs

Neighborhood walk.

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