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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Aug 20, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering7 7:37:11 21.46 34.53 135047 /83c56%1447.6
  Running3 35:0070.0
  Strength/Core2 18:0018.0
  Total7 8:30:11 21.46 34.53 135047 /83c56%1535.6

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Sunday Aug 20, 2006 #

Orienteering race 2:00:48 [3] *** 8.3 km (14:33 / km) +295m 12:21 / km
spiked:0/15c shoes: Integrators (Red)

US Champs Day 2. Well, that pretty much sucked. Had a rough go out there. I spent a lot of time looking at the map, only I never actually read a damned thing. Not sure that I would have had a stellar run under any circumstances today, but it would have certainly helped mentally to have known what I was getting into. I turned over the map at the start and said, "Oh f***." Sandy probably heard me.

The very first, initial issue was that I couldn't read the map. The black was very black (and there's a lot of it), and the other colors were sort of not there. But once I basically got used to the print, after a couple of controls, I still sucked, so I can't blame the map. I kept making careful plans and moved slowly (it helped that I was pretty tired... or maybe that made it worse) and then still had to hunt for every single bag. I'd pop over a ridge or round a corner expecting to see the control and it was never there. Didn't nail a single one. I even had trouble in the finish chute! Luckily, I've gotten better at relocating and correcting, which is probably the only reason I made it back before the awards ceremony was over. Oh yeah, that was awesome. I wasn't exactly in contention for the champs, but it's not an ego booster to finish during the awards ceremony.

On the one hand, not exactly a great way to end my awesome orienteering fantasy month. On the other, now I can't wait to get back out on some tricky map and make it my bitch.


I should note that there are way more positive things to say about the last month than negative. I had an awesome time, learned a lot, and got to know lots of great people. Hopefully I can do it again next year!

Saturday Aug 19, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:16:40 [4] *** 7.2 km (10:39 / km) +390m 8:23 / km
spiked:7/13c shoes: Integrators (Red)

US Champs Day 1. Pretty decent run. No big mistakes, but certainly far from totally solid. Had plenty of energy, but it was kind of hilly.

Saw my mom on the way to number 3 (she was looking for her fifth), talked to her briefly as I ran by and subsequently ran up the wrong reentrant, for probably 90 seconds lost (MC caught me at 3, starting 2 minutes after). Can't blame my mom, but that was pretty stupid.

My plan today was to approach this not as the US Champs, but as just another A meet. I figure that forces me to think "need to run clean" rather than "need to run as fast as I can", which would probably be disastrous (and still would not be fast enough to beat the woc stars, even if I ran cleanly). So I think that worked today, I took some pretty safe routes, and spent a decent amount of time making sure I knew what I was doing. Probably "lost" time to the top 3 doing that, but saved time against myself since I had no big mistakes.

Running warm up/down (terrain) 15:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

A few minutes trotting around before the course, but not much. Then a whole lot more afterwards in the mami search attempt. (I found her.)

Friday Aug 18, 2006 #

Orienteering 45:00 [1] +100m
shoes: Jalas

Walking and trotting around the model map with my mom. Should be interesting tomorrow...

Strength/Core (stretching) 12:00 [1]

Good stretch before bed.

Thursday Aug 17, 2006 #

Running warm up/down 10:00 [1]
shoes: Jalas

Some trotting and stretching before the start. Legs felt fairly springy (compared to what I expected).

Orienteering race 56:50 [4] *** 6.07 km (9:22 / km) +120m 8:31 / km
spiked:12/16c shoes: Jalas

Very fine. Some very good legs (basically the whole first half) and some good ones, with one large bobble (~1 min+?). Didn't run super hard, but about as quick as I could and still orienteer well. Felt great when I finished, but now, hours later and after talking to others, comparing splits, reviewing my course, etc., I see all these things that I could have done differently to make it an even better run. Guess I'll never be satisfied. ;-)

Wednesday Aug 16, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:00:46 [3] *** 4.96 km (12:15 / km) +210m 10:07 / km
spiked:14/17c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Crystal Relay on Antenna Hill. Went out on the third leg as the "One" on the team "QOC + One". I figured 7 or 8 years residence in the DC area was good enough for honorary membership.

Told my team I'd at least be out fast and in fast (gotta look good when people are watching up close), so I took off when I got the map, figuring I'd just go in the direction that everyone else went. Problem was, I didn't slow down, so I totally blew the first control - ended up in the field way right of the correct one, over where the 4th leg runners had a control. None of it made sense, but I tried to make it work anyway. After a few minutes of sort of trotting around the bottom of that field I realized where I was and had a very calm and almost totally clean rest of the course.

Walked up basically every hill, moved steadily but not fast elsewise. Works pretty well, reading the map and not moving too fast... And, despite the physical nature of the course, my legs won't be *too* dead tomorrow.

Gained several places (maybe 5 or 6?) and then Jan finished up well, gaining another place or two. Not sure exactly in what placed we finished, but I was pleasantlyl surprised at how it looked on the finish rack.

Pretty neat setup for a relay. Some AC/DC in the background behind Swampfox's commentating would have been the perfect top off. And maybe some of those pay observation binoculars as a US Team fundraiser...

Tuesday Aug 15, 2006 #

Running warm up/down (terrain) 10:00 [3]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Various running bits before the start. First some easy jogging looking for my mom on the night-o course (she went back to look in the daylight), then some sprinting around getting her her punch card, etc...

Orienteering race 32:33 [4] *** 2.9 km (11:13 / km) +135m 9:06 / km

Bitch of a sprint. I went out wicked hard and, of course, bobbled the first control. Kept going hard until just about the same time as my bigger booboo, on number 6. Had nothing left physically after that. It was tougher running out there than I had anticipated, though I think going slowly after that helped me navigate more smoothly, so maybe it's a wash.

Monday Aug 14, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:04:34 [3] *** 5.1 km (12:40 / km) +100m 11:32 / km
spiked:5/10c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Thousand Day Night-O (Green). First "real" night-o for me, so I opted for the saner sounding option of the green course over the red. Got a really late start because I waited for my mom to finish. She had the good headlamp... plus I wanted to make sure she made it back. (She did!)

I'm pretty pleased with this effort for my first go at this stuff. It's pretty tough in the dark, though after a few controls I realized that nighttime just accentuates the daytime issues, it doesn't create new ones. As long as I had a foolproof plan and actually followed it, getting to the controls was easy. Duh. Now I just have to do it all the time...

Had a little trouble with the first control, getting used to the whole darkness issue. Then some trouble with 3, and massive weirdness on 6. But I was able to relocate well on all of them, avoiding any true disasters (relatively speaking...), and the rest went pretty well.

Strength/Core (stretching) 6:00 [1]

Good (but short) stretch before bed. Staying limber for the sprint. (Ha! Who am I kidding?)

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