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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 1 days ending Sep 19, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering1 1:18:08 4.35 7.0 25534c219.4
  Total1 1:18:08 4.35 7.0 25534c219.4

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Saturday Sep 19, 2009 #

Orienteering warm up/down 15:00 [2]
shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Running around the model area and the model course before the sprint.

Orienteering race 22:04 [3] *** 2.6 km (8:29 / km) +60m 7:37 / km
17c shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Great course, really great arena set up, awesome weather (especially for Rochester! Why wasn't it ever this nice in September when I was a student?) but not so great running on my part. A couple of significant mistakes - second control, and then a bunch of bumbling around towards the end of the course. More than a couple of minutes lost.

I experienced the weird sensation of having a totally oxygen deprived brain at the very end (that's not the weird part) and I could totally tell that I wasn't able to process the information on the map as I tried to get to the go control. I imagine it's like realizing that you're drunk and that you shouldn't drive. I realized that I couldn't possible read any detail on the way to the control, so I decided to run out to the road and just towards the arena. That might have been a perfectly good route anyway, but I actually still managed to goof it up. I was glad to be done.

I wonder how really good sprinters avoid that problem. I figure there are three possibilities:

1. More fit, can go longer before their brain is useless. Indeed, if they finish in 15 minutes instead of 20 then that problem is already solved.

2. They've trained enough in sprint that they can still process what they need to to finish the course.

3. They don't run quite hard enough to get to that point.

On the plane to ATL now (free wifi!), I'll try to post my map and comment on specifics later.

Fourth place, third US for my first Sprint champs medal. I wasn't exactly close to second (Pavi) but it wouldn't have been impossible.

Orienteering race 41:04 [3] *** 4.4 km (9:20 / km) +195m 7:38 / km
17c shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Afternoon middle distance. Much better than the morning, though much of the course was quite simple. I did manage to drop 10-30 seconds on several controls, and I was limited in running speed a few times by my lunch. Oy.

Fourth again, but relatively closer to those ahead.

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