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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending May 2, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering5 4:44:46 8.76 14.1 55522 /54c40%714.9
  Running3 1:50:00 7.37 11.86 30235.0
  Total6 6:34:46 16.13 25.96 58522 /54c40%949.9

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Saturday May 2, 2009 #

Orienteering 15:00 [1] ***
2c shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Walking and jogging on part of the model map before the long walk to the start. My hands were numb by the end of this, not a good sign for later. Cold and rainy.

Orienteering 52:40 [3] **** 4.0 km (13:10 / km) +170m 10:52 / km
ahr:179 spiked:12/15c shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Middle Distance at Boggs Mountain. Cold and rainy. The plan today was to take it easy and concentrate on being accurate. So I just read the map and found the controls and it worked just fine. Pretty much clean (just not very fast) until the last control. Also took a terrible terrible route to the penultimate control (the long leg) and realized I was doing it, but by then I was basically committed. Probably 2-3 minutes difference. And then I somehow ran out of the control in a weird direction and came into the last control funny.

Felt pretty good today overall, fun course, didn't really notice the cold and rain while running, even passed or caught a few people. Another day and another third place finish. No need to worry about tomorrow, I already consider this weekend a success.

Friday May 1, 2009 #

Running warm up/down (Trail) 30:00 [2] 3.16 mi (9:30 / mi)
shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Warm up for the sprint. Ran to and from the start with Sam, then got all my stuff together and ran back to the start.

Orienteering race 15:38 intensity: (10:38 @4) + (5:00 @5) *** 2.5 km (6:15 / km) +75m 5:26 / km
ahr:192 spiked:10/12c shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Sprint. Pretty simple course, but plenty of people managed to goof it up, so I guess that works. I managed to follow my plan of being very careful with routes (safe) and make sure not to overrun anything. Worked well.

I was the last trialer to start, with Sharon starting a minute ahead and Viktoria 2. Didn't expect to see Viktoria and expected to pass Sharon by the second control, and that's basically what happened. Felt good, no real mistakes, only "lost" time was slowing down a bit occasionally to make sure I knew where the control was, but I don't consider that to actually be lost time at all, more like really cheap insurance.

Running warm up/down 15:00 [2] 1.58 mi (9:30 / mi)
shoes: Rory (inov8 X-Talon 212)

Warm down after the sprint, which included running back from the start one more time after walking and jogging over there with Melissa.

Thursday Apr 30, 2009 #

Running (trail) 25:00 [1] 2.63 mi (9:30 / mi) +30m 9:11 / mi

Easy run in Golden Gate Park. Tried out the new shoes, lost Melissa. Loved the shoes, found Melissa.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:05:00 intensity: (40:00 @1) + (25:00 @2) *****
shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

So my breakfast date went a little longer than planned, and I wasn't totally packed yet, and then there was an accident on 495, but we did eventually get to Pawtuckaway and I had about an hour before we'd have to leave for the airport. J-J was there with some maps (thanks, J-J!) and he'd had some time to mark a bunch of mega controls and a few World Cup controls. Visited a few of each together and then headed back in. It remains to be seen whether I make my flight, but even if I don't that's okay, I'll have had some nice orienteering.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009 #

(rest day)

Total and complete deliberate rest day. I did go to Inov8 to try on an enormous variety of shoes, but that only trained my gear head. I inadvertantly ended up with a pair of shoes that don't fit. They are the Mudclaw 330 O, men's size 9.5, women's size 11. Anyone interested? $50.

Monday Apr 27, 2009 #

Running (trail) 40:00 intensity: (15:00 @2) + (10:00 @3) + (15:00 @4)
shoes: Luke (inov8 Terroc 308)

Training at Blue Hills with Sam and Jeff. I wasn't really expecting to do a real workout today but that's what those two had planned, so I went with it. Good plan, too - run up a long hill on the trail, then orienteer to a few controls on the way back down. Switch maps for different loops. I did two (of the three).

Wasn't really doing the whole watch thing properly, so I was hoping Sam would log hers and I could figure out how much time I actually spent running. But, she's a logging slacker so I'm just going to make it up. We spent about 25 minutes on a warmup loop. I think the uphill runs were about 7 minutes (?).

Orienteering 25:00 [2]
shoes: Luke (inov8 Terroc 308)

Sunday Apr 26, 2009 #

Orienteering race 1:51:28 [3] *** 7.6 km (14:40 / km) +310m 12:11 / km
25c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

Day 2 Red, and really pretty terrible. My orienteering, that is, not the course, though it did seem to be a bit long (winning F-21+ was over 80 min).

I actually started out more or less okay, trying to stick to my plan of taking safe routes around the green stuff. That worked okay, but I seem to have been a little tired of doing that some of the time and instead tried to take straighter routes, only I didn't really focus on where I was actually going, other than a vague direction. Obviously that did not work well for me. The trouble started on the way to 5, I got a little confused around some bare rock and a bunch of trails and I'm not sure I ever got fully unconfused. A mix of confusion, frustration, and occasionally good route execution for the next 20 controls.

I guess I was tired today - I certainly didn't have much zip left by the last few controls. Calves felt totally fine, yesterday's O seemed to have really helped loosen them up. I didn't feel like it was hot, though clearly my body produced copious amounts of sweat, leaving Utah-worthy salt deposits on my shirt. What I really lacked was mental stamina to keep looking at the details (or thinking about which details *not* to look at), which is of course affected by tiredness and heat, but also by not exercising and developing that mental stamina. Arizona orienteering doesn't exactly prepare me for having to really read a map. I don't think it's coincidental that my runs this weekend got progressively worse (from very good to pretty okay to terrible) - my brain got tired even more than my body.


I need to rectify the fact that I've never orienteered in NH. I think my mom has some maps, so that's a start. Where should I go that's close and offers a good training opportunity without other people or controls/streamers? Thinking of doing this Tuesday or Wed morning.

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