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Training Log Archive: JanetT

In the 7 days ending Jul 2, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Hiking4 6:13:59 13.06(28:38) 21.02(17:48) 664646.5
  Orienteering4 3:09:55 8.39(22:38) 13.5(14:04) 36545 /51c88%774.5
  Walking1 13:59 0.83(16:50) 1.34(10:28) 2014.0
  Total8 9:37:53 22.28(25:56) 35.85(16:07) 104945 /51c88%1434.9

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Friday Jul 2, 2010 #

Note

Glacier Nat'l Park note (6/30): Forgot to mention the grizzly bear we could watch (from a good distance!) from the lounge at the hotel before dinner, on the hillside well across the road! Some folks in cars stopped along the road but I'm glad I wasn't that close!
1 PM

Orienteering race 42:25 [4] *** 2.7 km (15:43 / km) +95m 13:22 / km
spiked:8/11c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3

NA Middle at Double Duck Flats near Cranbrook, BC
W55/M65, course 5 (2.7 km, 95 m climb, 11 controls)

Started off okay (correct bearing, etc. to 1, questioning myself just at the end but found it fine), then headed off to the trail that took me towards 3.... 2 was on the line from 1 to 3 and in an area of detail, and I suppose I was going too fast to notice until I got 150 m past it. Lost about 1:30 there.

Some others have noted that the purple used for "overprinting" the courses is close to the color of the brown contour lines. It certainly doesn't stand out as much as it could.

I definitely should have been more careful on the next leg. Need to add "estimate distance/time" to my list of skills to call on, as I ran WAY past my attackpoint down an indistinct trail, and ended up at the more major trail, a good 350 m NW of my control. A good 8 minute error, estimated from others' splits and my GPS track.

To 4 and 5 were fine (though again, 4 was on the line to 5), then I left 5 (water control at which a "lost" woman wanted to know where she was) and again wasn't careful in the rock detail. Good decision was to bail back out towards the trail I'd crossed rather than waste time searching cliffs. Hit the corner of the ditch/dirt pile feature and reattacked; lost 2 minutes on 6. Last 5 were easy along linear features, though I was a bit hesitant going to the last control as description was "distinct tree" and a blob of white was circled; finally decided it was the one I'd seen everyone else punch at before looping to the finish. Fast but careful on the run-in because I'd seen people fall. A clean run would have put me in the top 6, I think (though not top 3).

To do better: distance estimating. Skipped the glasses (cool and rainy) and only used magnifier today.

FR distance: 4.43 km (ugh), 118 m climb

Wednesday Jun 30, 2010 #

9 AM

Hiking hills 1:54:41 [2] 3.55 mi (32:18 / mi) +392m 24:03 / mi
shoes: Trail NB 706 9D # 2

Glacier National Park, MT

Hiked as far as we could on the Grinnell Glacier overlook trail from Many Glacier Hotel, where we stayed 2 nights. Could only go as far a a snowfield covering a rushing stream, not a good combination in the spring/early summer, so we sat down and ate sandwiches we'd brought. Saw a half-dozen bighorn sheep from this vantage point, above us on the hillside. Even better, as we hiked on the flatter part of the trail before heading uphill, we encountered 2 moose -- a calf and sow! -- and spent the better part of 10 minutes or so waiting for them to move off the trail. :-) Baby seemed interested in the resin oozing from a pine tree (so I checked it out and it smelled sweet but I don't know how tasty). Both were browsing on short shrubs along the trail.

The day had started off windy, cool and cloudy, but we never got rain and the sun even came out later.

12 PM

Hiking 1:41:30 [1] 3.19 mi (31:49 / mi) +61m 30:02 / mi
shoes: Trail NB 706 9D # 2

Back down Grinnell Glacier trail, then turned to head to Grinnell Lake. Parts of the trail near the lake were being reconstructed. Apparently, snowmelt chooses a different path each year in the flat areas. :-)
2 PM

Hiking 1:17:08 [2] 3.43 mi (22:29 / mi) +53m 21:27 / mi
shoes: Trail NB 706 9D # 2

GNP. From Grinnell Lake back to the Hotel.

Tuesday Jun 29, 2010 #

2 PM

Hiking 1:20:40 [2] 2.89 mi (27:55 / mi) +158m 23:52 / mi
shoes: Trail NB 706 9D # 2

Glacier National Park, MT

After driving on Going to the Sun road from Kallispell, making some stops along the way (including a couple of construction required stops), we decided against hiking over snow to the Hidden Lake overlook (from Logan Pass) and went on to St. Mary's Lake. We hiked in to St. Mary's Falls and then on to Virginia Falls, hearing rumblings of thunder along the way. On the way back the show got really close and we jogged some on the way down, getting wetter than we intended. The shower was over after about 15 minutes, though. We also got a brief thundershower on another short out and back (not recorded).

Just before we reached Logan Pass we were entertained by a trio of mountain goats alongside the highway, right up close to the cars. And we saw an eagle over the river on the drive up from Kallispell. It has been a good wildlife-spotting vacation so far.

Monday Jun 28, 2010 #

1 PM

Orienteering race (sprint - Orange/Brown) 14:47 [5] *** 1.4 km (10:34 / km) +20m 9:51 / km
spiked:9/9c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3

At Camp Sekani on the east side of Spokane, WA. US Champs sprint.

Some hesitations early on to read the map and trails (lots of them) but more confident after I started descending the hillside, where I ran as hard as I could. Finished 5th overall (I think), 4th US behind Patty Lyons, Mary Jo, and Natalia D. I don't think I could have beat any of them (Natalia was 13:49, I think, and I don't think I made a minute of hesitations -- and she must have had an error). Patty did great (13:22), and Mary Jo (13:33) also had an awesome run.

We started with a 75 m climb to the start. The orange-brown course was mostly a white course with controls along trails or at junctions all the way down the hill; only the penultimate control was slightly off the trail. The green course, on the other hand, got into some interesting rock details ("rock garden"), though some people had issues with the mapping.

I ditched the flimsy map case (light-weight zip loc type) figuring I wasn't going to be out long enough to trash it without one, and shiny surface was more distracting than necessary.

FR = 1.7 km. (some trails were windy bike trails, or otherwise wound around reentrants on the steep hillside)

Sunday Jun 27, 2010 #

11 AM

Walking warm up/down (/jog to start) 13:59 [1] 1.34 km (10:28 / km) +20m 9:44 / km
shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3

Pulled into the parking lot and got a place right in the center of the action. :-)

It was a tad cooler (upper 70s?) and there was more breeze than yesterday, and there were trees (well, not on the way to start, but visible along the walk). Jogged a little but mostly walked. Jogged a little more shortly before start to stretch out the legs. Knew Natalia D. was starting a few minutes behind me and watched her race prep...

Orienteering race (Brown long) 1:13:37 [4] *** 5.3 km (13:53 / km) +160m 12:04 / km
spiked:11/11c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3

Fishtrap Lake map. Temp upper 70s at start.

Nice run today, in a more open area than yesterday (95% of the map is yellow-rough open, with a few bits of marsh or pond/lake and small bits of white woods here and there). Lots of chunky basalt rock underfoot in a lot of places made for slow going even in the rough open as you had to keep watching where you put your feet. Had to cross barb wire fence twice before and after control 2 but then didn't have to worry about it.

After starting off a bit in an easterly direction (following a herd path from the triangle, but it wasn't the right one) I quickly corrected and headed more directly towards my first control. It was on the far side of a mini-butte (one contour or so up, with small cliffs on some sides and rocky underfoot). There were a LOT of these on the map, some up to 3 contours above surrounding areas. One part of the map was out of bounds because of an active eagle nest but I didn't see any eagles. Interesting course.

With only 11 controls over 5.3 km, I was expecting some dull dead running but there wasn't much except near the beginning because of all the ups and downs. Even the longest leg, ~1.7 km, had a lot of things to pay attention to so it was fun.

3rd US, 5th overall on the course, ~12 minutes behind the fastest on the course (Natalia D) and 3 min behind Patty Lyons.

FR=6.28 km
3 PM

Note

Since they had only given awards for W-Y-O yesterday at Moses Lake due to some difficulties, I learned today that I was the US Middle Champion (final results were posted at today's venue). Yay!

Saturday Jun 26, 2010 #

12 PM

Orienteering (Brown middle) 59:06 [4] *** 4.1 km (14:25 / km) +90m 12:59 / km
spiked:17/20c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3

"Middle" brown course on the Moses Lake Sand Dunes map (1:10000, 2.5 m contours).

The dunes were mostly vegetated, but herd paths developed in places and it was just like walking on a dry beach -- slow going, especially up hills. From where we could park by an earth (sand) bank we could see the thin layer of Mt. St. Helen's sand a couple of inches below the top "soil."

After a few minutes of warming up on the road (it was hot, in the 80s I think, and I just wanted to let my body know what it was in for), and waving off the mosquitoes in the hollow at start, I headed out. Start triangle was up a sandy hill (dune, really), visible from the start, but then you couldn't really see where other runners went -- I located the triangle on my map on my jog up the hill, so I knew which direction to go after. I went as fast as my energy let me in this sandy terrain, slowed down more only by the bobbles I made. At 2 I stopped just a bit short, checking a control which looked like a reentrant from my approach, but turned out to be the side of a knoll, but I corrected (lost ~30 seconds from my detour). George (walk), who started 8 minutes behind me, caught up at 3 and zoomed in to a 40 minute finish.

Kept in touch and in the right direction through 9, then exited the control the wrong way (didn't check compass). My mind had shifted me to the next leg (10-11) which was 90 degrees different from 9-10. I didn't realize I was headed the wrong way until I got to the east end of the marsh (# 10 was in a depression at the WEST end and the marsh was a good 250 m across - d'oh! This was my biggest error, about 2 min. Once I left 10 on the way to 11 I still wasn't quite in control, questioning which reentrant I was in for 11, and then meandering a bit more than necessary on the way to 12. Then I left 13 headed in the wrong direction, but did check my compass when things weren't looking quite right. Mentally reminded myself at a turning control (14) to be sure to go to 15 and not follow the 15-16 line.

Took a windy route 15-16 past 13 and to the W of the ponds, thinking I might see 18 on the way (but it was on the other side of the dune), but knew where I was the whole way. Angled wrong after climbing the hill from 16 and visited the wrong spur before realizing where 17 was... and then when I got there misread the number and started to move away! I hate that. So a minute lost there (~2:30-3:30 total, including my estimate for more optimal routes). I'm not sure where I finished because they didn't have later results (we had fairly late starts) when we left.

I missed punching a split at 16 but did visit the control. :-)

FR = 5.354 km

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