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Training Log Archive: Gswede

In the 7 days ending May 4, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering3 3:51:04 12.47(18:32) 20.07(11:31) 75035 /46c76%138.6
  Running6 3:50:00 30.2(7:37) 48.6(4:44) 35069.0
  Total6 7:41:04 42.67(10:48) 68.67(6:43) 110035 /46c76%207.6

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Sunday May 4, 2014 #

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 2.0 km (5:00 / km)

Warm up and cool down for long.

Orienteering 2:30:11 [4] ***** 12.67 km (11:51 / km) +530m 9:48 / km

Long distance in Lough Firrib at Irish champs.

WOW. I don't know if I have ever run on a course this difficult. Or at least with this type of difficulty. The fog was even worse and never let up. Visibility was very limited at about 15 meters. So here's recipe for an interesting race: 1:15000 map with few distinct features, 15 meter visibility, 13k over peat hags and bogs. Whoa. Over half the men in the elite category dropped out.

I really didn't have many errors other than closing in on controls and being exact. I learned from yesterday how important taking and holding a bearing is in these conditions. But even some of the best bearings can leave you off course after following them for too long.

I am actually very happy to have finished this course. I know that a year or two years ago my navigational skills wouldn't have been able to carry me through. But I did it.

No errors to comment on, just lots of fog.

Big thank you to the whole Short family for hosting me, feeding me, and being all around fun people to be with. I hope to see you soon!

Saturday May 3, 2014 #

Orienteering 1:07:48 [4] ***** 5.3 km (12:48 / km) +220m 10:36 / km

Very difficult middle in Lough Firrib at the Irish Champs. Extremely thick fog during most of the race that limited visibility to 30-40 meters I had a good pace until number 9 which was a lone boulder on a smooth hillside. Very little to go off of other than a steady compass bearing. But that wasn't the error that did in my race.

I lost contact with the map (something fairly normal for me as I go into race zombie mode) but just as I realized my loss of contact I happened to get caught in a particularly thick swab of fog. I tried relocating with the features around me. It was hopeless. I wandered around peat hags for 15 minutes before I got 3 minutes of clear air and found my position. Other than that, it was the simple errors, finding the exact location of the control. My normal stuff.

Running warm up/down 15:00 [3] 3.0 km (5:00 / km)

Warm up and cool down for the Middle.

Friday May 2, 2014 #

Running warm up/down 20:00 [3] 4.0 km (5:00 / km)

Warm up and cool down for Sprint at Maynooth University.

Orienteering race 13:05 [4] 2.1 km (6:14 / km)

A sprint on a very wide open university campus. Relatively easy except for a few tricky spots that you can expect to find on a university campus. (Confusing nooks and crannies, getting in on the correct side of the fence, etc.) I misread the entrance to an area, took a hard right, realized my mistake and turned around and added 35 seconds to my time, effectively taking me out of the race for top 5.

Thursday May 1, 2014 #

Running 1:05:00 [3] 13.0 km (5:00 / km) +350m 4:24 / km

Easy run up Telegrafo before heading to Ireland. Climbed up some steep spots but not too hard for the most part.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014 #

Running 45:00 [3] 10.2 km (4:25 / km)

Early morning run to school. Calves are tight from yesterday but overall I feel pretty good.

Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 #

Running 1:15:00 [3] 16.4 km (4:34 / km)

Tempo run home. 25 minute warm up. 17:30 of tempo, 5 minute jog rest, 17:30 minute tempo, 10 minute cooldown. Avg pace of tempo: 3:45/K

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