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Training Log Archive: barb

In the 7 days ending Oct 8, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 9:02:55
  Bicycling2 1:32:00
  Total5 10:34:55

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Saturday Oct 8, 2011 #

Orienteering race 1:17:55 [3]

one or two bobbles

Friday Oct 7, 2011 #


From the new math teacher:
I really wanted to say thank you for today. This was my first orienteering expierence and I had a great time! I know that my students had been looking forward to it and now I know why. I think it was not only a great team building exercise but I think it was especially important and eye opening to students who normally do not get out of the city and into the woods.

Orienteering 3:00:00 [1]

Walking around control setting, pickup, photography, at the grade 7-8 orienteering field trip at Boojum Rock.

Sayed is in a wheelchair; he contacted the teams by phone to find out where they were, and whether they needed help. Isabel and David provided navigational consultation.

The finish chute systems worked well this year

Teams get points for picking up garbage, which is transformative in our interactions with the land managers.

The store, where kids exchanged tickets for prizes, was well-stocked.

There was a healthful-food store and a knick-knack store, and you can see which was the most popular:

Many of the controls were a gift from PG - thanks!

Thanks to NEOC for the map and the finish banner!

Thursday Oct 6, 2011 #


Getting nervous about tomorrow's orienteering field trip. Also getting nervous about 10/21 logistics with the 5th graders. Work is intensifying. David's schoolwork needs a lot of nurturing. Etc. Nervous. Looking forward to a future time of relative calm, but I guess this is fun too. I get to see Isabel's soccer game today.

Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 #

Bicycling 48:00 [2]

Early this morning I created four sets of flash cards with orienteering symbols on them. I also made an example course on an old Franklin Park map. Then I met with the teacher before school to plan today's lesson. I rode off to work, then came back to teach the first half hour of the lesson. Then back to work.


Here is the kind of email that just makes me happy. It is from one of the parent chaperones to several of the others. (For the big junior high orienteering field trip that is finally happening on Friday.)

Hello Pond People -- we have a "Pond Transition" set-up to plan. Who can still come to the Fells early? who wants to ride together? anybody have a wagon that they can fit in their car/van? would it fit in mine?

I'm proposing that we meet at 32 Garfield Street at 7:15am on Friday (ouch) and, of course, it would be good to be in as few cars as possible. Leaving at 7:30 - gets us to Fells at 7:50or so - which leaves us about 30 mins to haul & set-up and then get back to parking lot for Barb's chaperone orientation at 8:30. We are about a 7min walk from the parking lot - 3-5minute walk from the drop-off point.

Please let me know your availability and how you want to get there -- looking forward to being in the woods on Friday.

Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 #


The kid in the wheelchair has decided to come along on Friday's trip instead of staying at school and doing phone support from a distance. Good news, and another challenge...

Also, hugely cool: Richard Ebright, who competed for the US at world Trail-O champs, is willing to come to the school and talk with the kids about his experience.

Monday Oct 3, 2011 #

Bicycling 44:00 [1]

work commute, Harvard commute. Exam in Epigenetics today; I am underprepared.

I spent an hour with the new 5th grade class at Morse. I brought in a huge ($40) color print of the old version of the Franklin Park map. I talked about the national meet and invited questions. I showed the poster of the US team... in action! They asked whether any of the US team members would be shadowing them at the meet on 10/21. I said probably not, but that I would try to arrange for them to meet US team members. They asked if you can earn medals. I said yes. Some of them wanted know if they could try orienteering without a shadow. I said, at local meets you attend outside of school. We did some orienteering on the school grounds, and counted paces walking and running for 100m. They wanted to know if it was normal for kids to be shadowed. Seems like we're off to a good start, and going to a national meet appears to be motivating.

I need to send home a newsletter for their parents, and plan Wednesday's lessons, and deal with meet logistics, and figure out how I'm going to get enough CORI'd shadows, or how we're going to pull this off... And figure out how I can get them to learn enough about orienteering to do white courses 2 weeks from Friday. Maybe I can have non-CORI'd shadows, but have the CORI'd chaperones stationed around the course? Hm.

Sunday Oct 2, 2011 #

Orienteering race 4:45:00 [3]

(Time is approximate.)

Isabel and I set out to do the Highlander but decided, while we were going round the lake on the longer trail run, to drop down to the Lowlander. The last map was shorter than I thought it would be, so we got off lightly - and that was quite pleasurable, actually.

The first map was a lot of fun. We had a bit of thrashing finding the first control, in the sudden rush of the start, and while there were still other people in the vicinity. But after that we settled in, and it was lovely. I was going a little fast for Isabel to keep up the whole time on the map, but she was often on the map. We did A, C, D, G; I am looking forward to getting the map in order to go over it with her. Most of the way through the trail run, we stopped for chocolate and pita chips. Isabel led us through the last map. That she was up for doing the navigation on the last map speaks well of her physical condition; she'd already done the equivalent of a billygoat at that point.

It was a very nice time! Mind you, Isabel said she would never do it again and there were a few moments of snappishness. But she was moving steadily, and we had some fun conversation along the way.

Some of our route choices were for ease of navigation or travel. Going to A, we met up with a large dog, and Isabel froze; we had trouble getting past that party. We went to the top of the hill for a straight shot down the hill. A to C, we stayed low and to the left of the purple line, climbing gradually in lovely open woods to the large trail, and taking a bearing off of the trail intersection. To D, we climbed the steep hill, then headed along the top of the hill and down between the two spurs. Then to G we started off with the idea of staying high along the series of hills and broad ridge, but changed our plan at the first big hilltop, about 300m from D, to take a lefter line along nice open fairly rock-free area to a trail, then along the trail to the end of the green, and right to the control. Sandy was around. Izzy and I decided to get to the big trail bordered by yellow, and go past the big curve to the right, to get past the green, and then turn left and go along the green to the control. That's where Sandy helped us at the end; she was approaching from the higher side.

It felt easy to stay on the map, with just that bobble at #1, and some uncertainty where we met up with Sandy.

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