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Training Log Archive: sten

In the 7 days ending Apr 25, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 2:52:34 14.73(11:43) 23.7(7:17)24 /38c63%
  Walking1 35:00 1.24(28:10) 2.0(17:30)
  Total5 3:27:34 15.97(13:00) 25.7(8:05)24 /38c63%
averages - weight:89.9kg

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Monday Apr 25, 2011 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Easter 3 days) 43:23 [4] *** 6.2 km (7:00 / km)
max:186 spiked:6/10c shoes: Mudclaw 333

Third day of Easter. Was in third spot in sledge, and knew it would be hard to move up, unless Juffy or Tyson messed something up. Andre was only 3.5 minutes behind me in the standings, so I had to make sure I didn't mess up myself. The first leg was the trickiest, through fairly featureless bush full of fallen trees. Took a bearing from a fence corner ~300m out, but veered to the right and had to come back in from the side. Saw Juffy leaving the control, so he had already got 2.5 minutes on me here. Splits showed Andre was even a minute faster than Juffy, so Andre and I were virtually tied for third at that stage. Good I didn't know. Saw Juffy ahead of me to #3 and #4, but we took different routes, especially to #4. After yesterday, I had decided to not pay any attention to where other people were, and that worked fine.

Juffy overshot #5 and I caught him there, but at #7 I looked at the wrong side of a boulder and he came past again. We got to #8 at the same time. The leg to #9 was a monster leg with lots of uphill running on open ground, and I pulled away from Juffy, but had a bit of a brain melt when I got to the highest point and ran ~200m extra. From #9 to #10 I tried unsuccessfully to go down a cliff, which cost a bit of time. When I came into #10 from the top, Juffy came in from the bottom. I punched before him, was careful and slow descending into the gully which cost me the finish split, but managed to hold him off with a final sprint. Finished second on the day, 11 seconds ahead of Tyson, and kept third overall.

Had great fun over the last four days. Great terrain, great maps, and very well organised. Thanks to all involved. The friendly competition with the other sledgers was also good. And finally, my nav improved every day, so I'm happy about that too.

Sunday Apr 24, 2011 #

12 PM

Orienteering race (Easter 3 days) 1:00:03 [4] *** 7.3 km (8:14 / km)
ahr:164 max:187 spiked:8/16c shoes: Mudclaw 333

Second day of Easter. This was actually even more fun than yesterday, because I had to read the map. Went ok through the first three controls, but lost two minutes on #4, by checking out two other controls in the neighbourhood that I knew weren't in the right spot, but that I just happened to spot. I have to stop doing that. Andre, who had started two minutes behind, passed me here without me realising it.

Then I had fastest splits to #5 and #6, but took a bit of time finding #7. Would have been easier if I had read the control description. Saw Andre here and passed him just before starting the long climb to #8. My route on the long leg to #9 wasn't quite as efficient as Andre's, so he passed me and I lost him, but when I arrived at #9 he got there just after me. Jen was also there and the three of us went to #10, then I followed Andre for a bit but saw him going the wrong way. Caused me a bit of hesitation, but I got to #11 all right.

To #12 I was about to hit it spot on when Andre came past and ran way too far. He looked so confident it made me think I misread the map and I followed him. I've really got to stop being influenced by other people on the course and go my own way. Three minutes lost there. At #14 and #15, I read the detail in the circle poorly. Jen and Andre were there too and again we weren't helping each other much. Coming onto the last leg I was a bit sluggish coming out of the woods until I realised it was the final leg and I absolutely smashed it home. Just beat Juffy and Andre by a second on that final leg, so got to keep my lovely boxer shorts. Lost two minutes to Andre and about eight minutes to Juffy and Tyson and got fourth place on the day.

Saturday Apr 23, 2011 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Easter 3 days) 43:59 [4] *** 6.2 km (7:06 / km)
ahr:170 max:189 spiked:10/12c shoes: Mudclaw 333

First day of Easter. A mass start race for us sledgers. Reminded me of the Boomer at Umuna where tRicky and I tried to follow Craig. Picking who to follow was again easy this time: Juffy. He took the lead early on and I, Andre and Michael Madden followed, while Tyson weaved in and out of sight going his own way. I managed to keep contact with the map fairly well, but didn't have time for much detail reading. On the way to #5 we went a bit too far right, I thought, but I definitely wasn't confident enough to stray from the pack. Strangely enough, Tyson, Andre and Michael went even further right than Juffy. I followed Juffy when he corrected, and it was just the two of us from there. It was hard work following and my heartrate was in the 170s from here all the way. Had to keep reminding myself to be disciplined and not try anything foolish on my own.

To #11, the second last control, we went to the wrong boulders. I should have gone my own way here, but I was already psyching myself up for the sprint. Bashing through a little bit of bush I was two seconds behind Juffy coming into #11. Couldn't close any of it on the short downhill leg to #12, so coming into the finish chute I was still 2 seconds behind, and it took a lot of effort to overtake. GPS shows my speed was 2:15/km here. Just managed to pass, but didn't punch smoothly, and the system had us both finish at the same time. That was cool, as Juffy really deserved the win. I didn't feel too badly about following, because I knew there were still two days to come for Juffy to shine.

Friday Apr 22, 2011 #

2 PM

Orienteering race (Easter prologue) 25:09 [4] 4.0 km (6:17 / km)

Easter prologue sprint race. Wow, what a shocker. Already messed it up completely at the start. Expected there would be a punch in the triangle which would record a starting time, so I sort of jogged to the triangle and found no punch. Then it dawned on me my time was already running. I hastily set off in the completely wrong direction, as I had misjudged where I had come from. Had to go back to the triangle and saw Ken B. leaving it, who had started a minute behind me. To #3 I went too far left, as I still hadn't got my head around the map and just when I thought I was getting into it I made the biggest mistake of all on the way to #6. Somehow ended up on the opposite side of the hill and couldn't make any sense of all the large boulders I saw there. Ran along the slope in utter confusion until I got to #8. Went back to #5 from there and tried again. This time finding #6 was easy. The race was over, so I continued on without much enthusiasm. No trouble on the remainder of the course, except for stopping short on the way to #12 and getting stuck in a tree towards #16. Sped up a bit towards the end. GPS batteries went flat, so thankfully there's no trace of my noodling.
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Thursday Apr 21, 2011 #

8 PM

Walking 35:00 [1] 2.0 km (17:30 / km)

Evening walk through Atwell with Deavi.

Wednesday Apr 20, 2011 #

Note
weight:89.9kg

Under 90 again for the first time in almost six years. At least being sick is good for something.

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