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Training Log Archive: furlong47

In the 7 days ending May 4, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering2 3:59:24 7.87(30:26) 12.66(18:55) 47043c
  horseback riding (english)1 1:00:00
  hiking2 50:00 2.07(24:10) 3.33(15:01) 190
  gym - crossramp1 35:38 3.0(11:53) 4.83(7:23)
  gym - treadmill1 34:44 2.75(12:38) 4.43(7:51)
  Total5 6:59:46 15.69 25.24 66043c
averages - sleep:7

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Sunday May 4, 2008 #

orienteering 1:57:53 [4] *** 5.72 km (20:37 / km) +235m 17:06 / km
11c slept:7.0 shoes: VJ LOPs

West Point Classic Distance - Round Pond - Green Y (F-Green)

Didn't sleep as well this night due to noisy people outside, pounding rain on the metal roof, and I also felt that it was colder. Woke up at 6:30 so I could drive other people to their starts -- really missing the shuttles this year. Napped in my car and got to the start line still feeling slightly bleary. Thankfully I woke up as soon as I got into the woods.

Started out slowly again, only *large* problem with the second control. I ended up way too far down the hill and had trouble trusting myself once I relocated so moved very slowly into it. After that things were better. I found it much easier to navigate today thanks to all the large water features. Also the longest leg was made pretty trivial thanks to a trail. (Long legs are often my downfall.) I felt like I wandered and got off purpose from 8 to 9... this leg just felt like it was taking forever as I picked my way around the green and cliffs. Finally, 10 to 11 was very steep downhill and rocky. By the end I was having problems really picking up my feet and tripped quite a bit including whacking my shin into a log I meant to step OVER.

I was pleased with this time when I finished, but now feel like it could have been better. I just move so slowly when the terrain is rocky and steep, this will probably never be my best area. I guess being slow is better than ending up with a broken ankle. I do have to say, after several years of dropping to Brown at WP, I thought I might be over extending myself this year but handled it all readily. Also I don't feel as beaten up as I think I should.

hiking 15:00 [3] 1.0 km (15:00 / km) +60m 11:32 / km
shoes: VJ LOPs

Walk to the start, much nicer than yesterday.


Didn't take a whole lot of pics this weekend, and what I did take were mostly scenics. The morning fog made a beautiful subject of Round Pond, though :-)

Difference of a few hours:

Saturday May 3, 2008 #

orienteering race 1:26:10 [3] *** 3.81 km (22:37 / km) +155m 18:48 / km
12c slept:8.0 shoes: VJ LOPs

West Point Middle Distance -- Black Cap Mountain -- Green Y (F-Green)

Moving fairly slowly over wet, slippery ground and rocks. Slightly foggy on the higher elevations which made it difficult to see features that were not close. Also it always takes me awhile to get into the mapping here. Too far left on 6 and spent a little time checking out a wrong reentrant which I should have known as it was in the green. Also too far left on 8 but recovered more quickly. That area had a lot of laurel not reflected by the map. On the way to 11 thought I would stay below the large cliff and in between the two others, on the same contor into the control, which did not pan out at all and I ended up having to backtrack slightly and go above everything.

Fairly happy with navigation, not so much with my time, but I didn't feel safe moving quickly in these conditions and terrain.

orienteering race 35:21 [4] *** 3.13 km (11:18 / km) +80m 10:01 / km
20c shoes: VJ LOPs

West Point Sprint - Camp Natural Bridge - Red/Blue (F-21+)

Not necessarily expecting great things which is good because I didn't get them :-) Moving decently through the first few controls, then slowed considerably. I never move well through the woods and that is where much of this sprint took place. Control 9 was the cruelest... visible from far away but on top of the 3m cliff! Still slow, bobbled around a little on 11, then kicked it up again moving through the spectator area. Crossing the field to 15 pretty much sapped the rest of my energy. Time for a mental meltdown! Blew 16 badly, ran directly to the wrong control which I had seen earlier, punched, and saw my mistake as I checked the cluesheet on the way out... had to backtrack into the *correct* control. This is what happens when I make assumptions and don't READ. Jogged through the rest and then laid down and died. The end.

Edit: Now that I see my per k time, it's not really that bad. For me. For a sprint that was mainly in the woods. After already running a West Point race.

hiking 15:00 [3] 1.0 km (15:00 / km) +120m 9:22 / km
shoes: VJ LOPs

Uphill slog to the start. Made it with 1 minute to drop my coat, chug water, and get into the call-up.

hiking 20:00 [3] 1.33 km (15:02 / km) +10m 14:30 / km
shoes: VJ LOPs

Walk through rocky crap back to the parking area.

Thursday May 1, 2008 #

horseback riding (english) 1:00:00 [2]

Lovely lesson on William. W/T, jumping a few small courses, and walk around the fenceline to cool out.

Tuesday Apr 29, 2008 #

gym - crossramp 35:38 [3] 3.0 mi (11:53 / mi)
slept:7.0 shoes: Asics Trabuco

Monday Apr 28, 2008 #

gym - treadmill 34:44 [3] 2.75 mi (12:38 / mi)
slept:6.0 shoes: Asics Trabuco

Upped the incline from 1.5 to 2.

Absolutely crappy stressful morning. Nothing like a Monday where everything melts down. Thankfully the rest of the day improved.

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