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Training Log Archive: iansmith

In the 7 days ending Oct 10, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering2 3:11:32 14.28(13:25) 22.98(8:20) 343196.8
  Running3 2:13:18 15.32(8:42) 24.65(5:24) 1473.6
  Map Exercises1 1
  Total6 5:24:51 29.6 47.63 357270.4
  [1-5]5 5:24:50
averages - sleep:5 weight:83.6kg

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Monday Oct 10, 2011 #


Orocs arrived in the mail today. DVOA be warned: I have been armed by the Lady of the Lake.

I have also learned that it is unwise to wax existential when hungry, tired, weary from activity, and unshowered.

Map Exercises (Catching Features) 1 [0]

I ran three courses, one of which was extremely technical. I do poorly in poor visibility environments, where there is significantly less data to corroborate your route. I will practice this; Night-O is an excellent way of simulating this on any terrain.

Sunday Oct 9, 2011 #

9 AM

Orienteering 1:42:44 intensity: (5 @1) + (21 @2) + (12:52 @3) + (1:26:11 @4) + (3:15 @5) 11.79 km (8:43 / km) +242m 7:54 / km
ahr:164 max:183 slept:5.0

Boulderdash Blue, Day 2: 9.4 km, 225m climb. I'm out of practice orienteering, and it showed today. After some excessive cheering and trash talking at the start (proxy Ross), I immediately made big mistakes on the first two controls. I need to have a better routine for warming up my brain and body and getting into an orienteering mindset. The vegetation was thick in many places today, with pine saplings and considerable deadfall. The terrain (and map) were vague in places, which made checking features off on routes difficult. At the beginning of the course, I was messy; at the end, I was sluggish.

Coming out of the start, I misjudged the reentrants I had passed through and stopped a spur too early. It took me two full minutes to piece together what had happened, and Clem passed me. The miss at 1 rattled me, and despite my best efforts to refocus, I missed 2, which was in a tricky shallow reentrant. I made a parallel error and lost eight minutes; I ended up relocating off the trails below two and reattacking from the south.

I was horrified and distraught after two huge mistakes, but I resolved to compose myself and clean up my running. I was very careful on the next controls, though I overshot the reentrant into cp 4 by about 45s. I was clean (albeit slow and careful) through 8, and passed at least one cadet. On 9, I made a foolish plan to attack from the south, and ended up overshooting and circling back through gross vegetation. Despite a foul mood and thick vegetation, I won the split to ten. I made small mistakes at 13, 15, and 18, but had a clean long leg into 19. I passed Kevin Culberg about 200m before the control, and pushed hard and accurately through 22. He passed me again before 23, and I had an uneventful finish.

I lacked the stamina to run hard for 103 minutes, particularly after the race yesterday and only five hours of sleep due to tedious A-meet tasks. I really started to slow down from control 16 to the end. My run was tolerable save for the disasters at 1 and 2. After the race, I went to lunch with Andrew, Clem, Brendan, Lori, and SGB and his parents.

Quickroute. Difficulty mapping track to controls suggests some minor distortion on the map.

Orienteering warm up/down 8:31 [1] 1.14 km (7:27 / km)
ahr:140 max:168 shoes: 201006 Inov-8 X-talon 212

Cool down. Fatigued. HR data looks spurious at the end; my effort was trivial.

Saturday Oct 8, 2011 #

12 PM

Orienteering 1:20:17 intensity: (6 @2) + (2:40 @3) + (59:39 @4) + (17:52 @5) 10.05 km (7:59 / km) +101m 7:37 / km
ahr:171 max:184 shoes: 201006 Inov-8 X-talon 212

I was very disappointed by my race today; it seems that I have forgotten how to orienteer. I look forward to the opportunity to redeem myself tomorrow. More on the course later. It's revealing that ken ran only 8.83 km to visit the same set of controls. Also, how was my finish split 72% longer than the winning finish split? One possibility is that the two finish boxes were not synchronized properly, and the timing had drifted.

Quickroute with drawn-in route in red. Zomg 5.

Before the race, it would have been good to know that the contours and marshes were very vague. Sometimes, I failed to notice small hills and marsh boundaries that were to be used as check features. This is noticeable at 5, where I didn't realize I was in a marsh at all. When I had success checking features off, as on the route to 6, I navigated well. Nevertheless, I'm out of practice making and executing plans, so for the first few controls, I had an unacceptably high probability of failure due to lack of thoroughness and focus.

Total error: 12:30
1: - I got lucky; I didn't really have a plan apart from going straight and trying to pick off (indistinguishable) features.
2: Didn't have a plan; I should have aimed further to the south and attacked off the cliff. 2:00
3: Started orienteering. I had trouble determining which marsh I had crossed, but apart from some uncertainty, hit the easy control fine. 0:20
4: clean except for a 20 second bobble in the circle picking out the right reentrant. 0:20
5: I went very wide on a vague hillside. I crossed a marsh without realizing it, and didn't pick up on the big boulders I had passed. I knew I had overshot, but I ran into it while I was trying to relocate. 4:00
6: A clean leg, though I was uncertain on final approach.
7: I'm happy that I went left, but my plan out of 6 to the edge of the lake was fraught with failure - I should have left 6 north and picked off the pond and marsh. 1:30
8: some of my best contour reading through thick vegetation; I caught up to Magnus (4 minutes ahead).
9: We both bailed to the road, but I reached it first and broke away. I attacked well, though I drifted slightly north.
10: Flushed with my success, I undershot because I was afraid I would overrun it on the trail. 1:00
11: I oversimplified and drifted slightly too far to the north, but I corrected and punched 0:27 ahead of Magnus.
12: I misread the contours leaving 11 - I had planned to run over the eastern side of the broad hill and lost a minute figuring it out. Magnus came into view as I punched, and I resolved to break away on 13. 1:00
13: I ran around to the stream; should have gone straight; the footing on the stream wasn't good. 1:00
14: My excessive adversity to climb led me to the right; I picked off the saddle and ran past 18 rather than taking a straight route through the reentrant. 13 had considerable vegetation, so I ran south to the ridge. The numerous hills around 14 were confusing, but I managed to hit the right one.
15: I ran over the hill on the line, and descended into the control, but apparently found boulders to the east more attractive. 1:00 lost.
16: Clean down the spur; the rocky hillside north of 16 was an overt attackpoint. I somehow inverted the reentrant, so I was surprised to find it rising to the south.
17: A decent, though tentative leg; I ran above the rocky hill face, then picked off reentrants into the control. I lost 0:40 to ken, but probably due to hesitation and caution.
18: Clean and fast. The depression was such an obvious collecting feature that there was little risk. I apparently slowed midway on the leg because I was afraid I was drifting left. My drawn-in route shows that I thought I was more left than I was.
19: Clean; the rocky spur was so obvious that it was nearly impossible to miss. I didn't have a good mental picture of the rocks in the circle, and hesitated clambering over to the control.
20: Tried to contour and follow the edge of the depression, but ended up too low and overshot. Attacked off a cadet. 0:20 error.
21: Trivial, but apparently slow - 0:20 to ken, 0:35 to an overzealous cadet.

Friday Oct 7, 2011 #


5 PM

Running 46:38 [1] 8.33 km (5:36 / km) +6m 5:35 / km
ahr:148 max:180 shoes: 201108 Asics GT-2150

Easy run, though longer than I had initially intended. My HR zones on my Garmin are inconsistent with my use of HR zones for logging; I think of zone 3 as threshold, whereas my Garmin seems to consider 70% HR max zone 3.

I set an HR alarm at HR < 160 bpm, and while it was going off intermittently at the beginning, it stabilized for the rest of the run. I find the heart rate graph questionable for the first twelve minutes; it seems I either need to change my HR strap battery or see a cardiologist.

Thursday Oct 6, 2011 #

5 PM

Running 31:51 intensity: (36 @1) + (2:29 @2) + (27:32 @3) + (1:14 @4) 5.47 km (5:50 / km) +3m 5:49 / km
ahr:144 max:167 shoes: 201108 Asics GT-2150

Need to recalibrate HR zones. Also, it's about time to break out a second pair of regular running shoes and rotate between the two pairs. I do like the GT-2150s, but the advantages to altering the shoe-specific stresses to which my legs are exposed every day are numerous.

Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 #

5 PM

Running 54:49 intensity: (46 @2) + (8:41 @3) + (42:03 @4) + (3:19 @5) 10.85 km (5:03 / km) +5m 5:02 / km
ahr:162 max:194 weight:83.6kg shoes: 201108 Asics GT-2150

After a rest day yesterday, I set out today on an easy run. I started listening to fast music at a non-specific tempo, then switched to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I avoided looking at my Garmin until about fifteen minutes in. I encountered a number of other runners, and was at times motivated to try to chase them down. Around kilometer 5, I encountered a pair of runners doing 4:30/km pace, and it took great restraint not to speed up to pull them in. I think my pace was still too high for an easy run, and I will try to amend that in future outings. HR max is likely an artifact, as I have no recollection of my heart rate vacillating so erratically.

Yay, sub 50-minute 10k? I am tempted to see how fast I could run some time trials, but my training hasn't focused on speed. What would be the point? Once I start doing speedwork, I will run time trials.

Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 #


I ordered a new pair (my fourth) of X-talon 212s and a pair of Oroc 280s from Amazon. I'm not sure if the Orocs will get here by Boulderdash, but I will have them for the Relay champs. My two existing pairs of X-talons have taken considerable beating, and while viable for racing, they haven't much life left in them.

The choice of a shoe is a personal decision; an individual should race in a shoe they like. I haven't sampled many O-shoes, but I do like the merits and feel of the X-talons. I'm hoping the Orocs will be X-talons with improved traction. While it is a personal choice, I am pleased to see X-talons on a number of world elites; it suggests to me that there aren't shoes vastly superior to the X-talons in the qualities it features. It is true that I have seen X-talons primarily in urban sprint contexts.

Also, aw. Almost as endearing as Kseniya?

From another current discussion on AP, one of my favorite races over the past few years - the US Classic Champs in 2009 in Wisconsin - had a gorgeous venue with excellent orienteering.

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