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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Aug 20, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  orienteering7 7:18:16 22.49 36.2
  trail running3 12:00
  Total7 7:30:16 22.49 36.2

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Sunday Aug 20, 2006 #

orienteering 1:13:05 [3] 8.3 km (8:48 / km)
shoes: new Integrators

US Champs, day 2. Totally different course from yesterday, less climb, much more difficult. So-so run, good a lot of the time, but screwed up a couple at the end, probably losing 5-6 minutes. Best on the course was John F., 59+, and he had some errors too. I think I was next, ahead of all the WOC stars, and first in M45. But very unsastisfying not to finish well.

A little lower elevation today, 8500-8800', didn't feel so bad. Terrain and courses (and scenery, and ambiance) were great, but the map printing was still unacceptable, especially with the 15,000 version we were using. I'm usually pretty tolerant of this, but it made it real hard today.

Saturday Aug 19, 2006 #

orienteering 1:01:55 [3] 7.1 km (8:43 / km)
shoes: new Integrators

US Champs day 1, Red course (M45). Struggling all the way, no energy, but then we were at about 9,000 feet. But still, seemed a lot worse than in Laramie. Felt croaked even when running flat.

A couple of bobbles, maybe a minute or two lost total, just walking way too much.

Best time on the course was John F (49). Best in F21 were Hillary (57), Sam (60), and Pavlina (61). In M21 Mikell (67), Mark Everett (70), Eric Bone (72), but there was a protest about a conrtrol (suitability more than location, one of 9 cliffs in the circle), still unresolved when I left. Also Greg and Boris both about 78, James 77-78 I think. A pudgy Captain Control showed up and ran 86.

By the way, I was best in M45 by about 3 minutes, Ed White best in M40 (57 minutes), and when I last looked, the best in M35 was about 75 minutes. Screwy system. Among those on blue over 35, and sometimes well over, were Mikell, Joe, Greg (78), Ted, Tom, Mark Voit, probably more, any of which would be leading their class on the Red course.

Friday Aug 18, 2006 #

orienteering 30:00 [1]
shoes: Pegasus 10/05

Model area in Buena Vista -- husled back up the hill at the end as the rain was starting. Got a nice hailstorm on the road out, the ground was looking quite white!

Thursday Aug 17, 2006 #

orienteering 56:30 [3] 7.0 km (8:04 / km)
shoes: new Integrators

Last day in Laramie, ran the Blue course for a change since it wasn't much longer then Red, but had a rather feeble effort, both physically and mentally. Only usefulness will be if it (or at least being pissed off at it) inspires me over the weekend.

trail running 2:00 [2]
shoes: new Integrators

There was an open slot on Blue, so I went before I was ready....

orienteering 38:53 [2]
shoes: Pegasus 10/05

Picking up controls afterwards, progressively a bit more energetically. Visited my two worst ones from the morning run, both just a minute or so, but just really sloppy mentally. Nice to see exactly where I had gone and what I should have done.

Wednesday Aug 16, 2006 #

orienteering 42:59 [4] 5.0 km (8:36 / km)
shoes: new Integrators

Crystal Relays, leg 3 for CSU with Ross first, then Kat, then me, then Boris. Ross got us off to a nice enough lead that Kat and I and Boris could all have solitary runs around the course and about a 10-minute margin at the end. Excellent.

Now, can CSU get some teams to the next relay champs?

I had no problem with the controls but got caught in a jungle of deadfall on the way to the first control, not sure I would ever get out. Lost about 2 minutes, but I had about 5 minutes in hand at the start so it was still ok. After that was fine, just the usual Laramie deep breathing.

NEOC second (Hillary, Charlie, Jeff, Samantha), COC third (Bill, Holly, Matej, and Eric). Quantico was third in the chute, with a very tough Samantha nipping Dave Pruden by just a few seconds, but then it turned out Dave had mispunched earliier in the course.

trail running 5:00 [3]
shoes: new Integrators



Maps from the last 4 days in Laramie:
WS Champs, day 2 (Red course, M45)
Night-O Champs (Red course, M45)
Team Sprint Fundraiser (my route hanging controls)
Crystal Relay (leg 3)

Tuesday Aug 15, 2006 #

orienteering 50:00 [1]
shoes: Pegasus 10/05

No running but a good day. Hanging controls for the Team Fundraiser Sprint. Then helping at the start, after that at the Senior-Junior Challenge, then 9 holes of unremarkable prarie golf in the company of Gail and local pro Peter Goodwin..

Sprint and Challenge went well, lots of good folks making donations to the team, and also a chance to put a positive spotlight on some of the fine orienteers we have, and have some fun in the process.

Monday Aug 14, 2006 #

orienteering 1:24:54 [3] 8.8 km (9:39 / km)
shoes: new Integrators

Night O' Champs, M45. Well, I don't do night O' very often and this run sure reflected the lack of practice, or maybe just the lack of skill. Good at times, so-so at times, bad at times, and terrible once. And that doesn't include managing to go in chest-deep while crossing a wet spot that couldn't have been more than 5 meters across.

Part of it is just the vision thing, or lack thereof (does that put me in the same league as Bush pere, shudder the thought?) -- combination of a light (Petzl duo) that was sufficient but not like the things the well-lit guys were using and eyes that are getting old/inflexible. Took about 4 hard falls running across open land when I'd clip a piece of sage I hadn't seen. Fortunately no serious damage.

One really bad control, lost about 6 minutes, and lucky at that to relocate off a form-line knoll

Thought I might still do not so bad, I ran several legs pretty well, but ended up somewhere between 10th and 15 on the course and 4th in M45. Such is....

trail running 5:00 [3]
shoes: new Integrators



I was wet and a little tired/sleepy when I finished about 11:15 pm, got changed right away, then went to the finish to check my time. Just then Joe B came in after 2+ hours on M21. He looked really tired, not talking too clearly. It wasn't clear that he was in a state to take care of himself, and Pavlina was still out, so I marched him off to his car and didn't leave until got changed and ate and drank a little. In the previous 60 hours he had done an adventure race in Connecticut and then driven to Laramie with Pavlina. He had reason to be tired.

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