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Training Log Archive: Anvil

In the 1 days ending Oct 8, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 1:01:39 4.6(13:24) 7.4(8:20) 86
  Total2 1:01:39 4.6(13:24) 7.4(8:20) 86
  [1-5]2 1:01:37

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Saturday Oct 8, 2011 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 46:37 intensity: (2 @0) + (7 @1) + (9 @2) + (1:57 @3) + (12:50 @4) + (31:32 @5) 4.7 km (9:55 / km) +75m 9:11 / km
ahr:168 max:183 shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280

Ontario Middle Champs
Plan was to simplify, push a little above my comfort zone, check my compass out of every control and only use the smaller trails when they present themselves to me (ie don't go searching out the less distinct ones).
After being a little shakey at the beginning I hit a good groove on 2-6 and had even sneaked into the lead here.
Then a minor disaster led into a bigger one. Got dragged off line heading into #7 by the larger, more obvious clearing to the NW. Problem with that was, since I entered the circle in the opposite direction, I exited in the opposite direction - classic 180 (even the needle pointed in the right direction - I was just looking at the wrong pole). Making matters worse, everything fit, the trail hit a junction where I expected, then bent where I wanted to attack from and then the contours and vegetation was close enough for me to make it fit, until I crested the small ridge where the control should have been and nothing behind it made sense...
Anyway, when I finally get to 8, I've lost about 9 minutes on the leaders from 6. I figured others would make mistakes as well, but not this big. Decide to say myself for the arvo sprint and cruise the rest. A little error on #12 where I don't check the compass from my attackpoint, but that's all - I'm particularly happy with the straightness of my line on 10-11 and 14-15.

Had a similar problem with the map today that I had last year, there's something about the track network I can't put my finger on - something doesn't feel right. I don't know if it's me or the map, but there were a couple of times where I had to stop, stand still and make positively sure I was on the right trail heading in the right direction.
4 PM

Orienteering race 15:02 intensity: (4 @1) + (6 @2) + (7 @3) + (48 @4) + (13:57 @5) 2.7 km (5:34 / km) +11m 5:27 / km
ahr:178 max:187 shoes: Adidas Adizero

Ontario Sprint Champs - Beaverbrook
A surprisingly enjoyable and more difficult than expected sprint. Looking at the satellite photo I assumed this would be a fairly straight forward parkland sprint. We did get some of that, but also some good route choice and some couple of tricky, scratchy forested sections.

Started off well, spiked the first and solid through the early urban section. Had read ahead well so was prepared for the upcoming forest zig zag. Stayed straight and didn't let the forest push me round here which I'm happy with.
Didn't take advantage of the easy grunt through the middle of the course to plan the final forest section and paid for it with some sloppy lines (#16), sub par routes (#17), dodgy entry (#14) and exits (#17). Possibly could have saved some seconds on #19 by veering right and entering the forest at the fence edge.
But, it wasn't a bad result. I expected the Flunky to dominate such a fast looking sprint, so to finish only 14 seconds down and swap the lead with him many times over the course of the race is pretty pleasing.

It's no secret Sprint is my best discipline. Though I'm not a naturally fast runner like these races favour - there's something about the need for total precision at such a higher intensity that really works for me.

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