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Training Log Archive: David_Waller

In the 7 days ending Apr 23, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:45:06 9.26(17:50) 14.9(11:05) 13022 /32c68%
  Control. pickup1 50:00
  Trail running1 40:00 4.0(10:00) 6.44(6:13)
  Total5 4:15:06 13.26 21.34 13022 /32c68%

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Saturday Apr 23, 2011 #

11 AM

Orienteering 50:44 [4] *** 4.7 km (10:48 / km)

A great green course at Gov. Bebb. Lots of route choices, not much green, and surprisingly dry conditions given my expectations of a wash-out. Despite my familiarity with the park, I was surprised at how many seconds I lost near the controls, trying to pinpoint the exact location. I didn't look at the map until I was on the clock, and I don't think that I ever looked at the control descriptions, so that's probably part of the problem. By far, my biggest challenge of the day was just having enough energy to climb hills. I felt very tired and slow. Looking forward to some hard training this summer, hopefully able to build up some speed by the fall.

Thursday Apr 21, 2011 #

Trail running 40:00 [2] 4.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Inov8-MudrockIII

Very easy trail run including the hedge apple trail at Hueston Woods. Noticed a huge new ride/road cut through there.

Wednesday Apr 20, 2011 #

7 PM

Orienteering 46:23 [4] *** 4.4 km (10:32 / km)
spiked:13/16c shoes: Inov8-MudrockIII

An exceptionally fun green course at Rentscher, set by Mike Minium. There were a lot of interesting route decisions, at least one of which I changed en route. I erred on #2 (took a few steps down the wrong trail), #5 (took a straight line from 4 until I saw that the marsh was impassable) and #14 (hesitated on the spur, not convinced it was the right one) but otherwise ran fairly cleanly.

Unlike most of the courses I have run in the past month, I have nothing negative to say about the course setting: nice job, Mike! Too bad more people didn't come out to enjoy it.
8 PM

Control. pickup 50:00 [2]

Control pickup at Rentschler, almost became a SAR situation

Sunday Apr 17, 2011 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:07:59 [4] 5.8 km (11:43 / km) +130m 10:32 / km
shoes: Inov8-MudrockIII

DVOA meet at Springton Manor, a pretty nice venue, but much too small (and the map was about half yellow) for a hard red course. Most of the course was pretty easy -- by circling around the woodsy perimeter of the park, there were almost always really obvious catching features just beyond the control.

I ran okay, but somewhat slow, and made several very bad mistakes. At least two mistakes were a result of over-running controls, not being tuned-in to the 1:5000 map. Of course, the worst mistake was mp'ing the race. I figured that there were four good mutually-reinforcing reasons for missing #20:

1. It was about 25 meters away from another control with the same description (rootstock)
2. I left my clue-sheet holder at home, and didn't feel like flipping the map over every time I approached a control in order to check that I was punching the right one. I realized all along that this was risky (especially given the density of controls that had to be set in the small park) so I'm not too upset about my carelessness coming back to bite me.
3. End-of-race fatigue.
4. Devious course design. Red course went from 36 to 38, and another advanced course (green?) went from 36 to 37, the other rootstock about 25 meters away from 38. As luck would have it, one of the only DVOA people that I could recognize (Angelica Riley) happened to punch 36 with me. I knew that Angelica ran the red courses at the Pig two weeks earlier, and figured that she was running red today. But evidently, she ran the other course that went to 37 after 36. We veered from each other as we left 36, each taking a direct line to our proper control. But as I neared my control, I could see Angelica approaching and punching 37. I was surprised that I was off, but I figured that I had veered off my line, so I went and punched it too, never realizing that it was wrong until I got in.

Running here was a lot of fun, but it didn't really have the typical challenge of going to a new place. The map was from Zherdev, and the terrain could just as easily have been in southern Ohio. A few features, such as earth banks, stone walls, and hunting stands (brown triangles) were more common here than in Ohio, but for the most part, the map didn't provide unusual challenges.

It was nice to see how DVOA runs its events, though. It was very well run for a local meet. I wonder if OCIN could benefit from thinking about using a volunteer to run the start at local meets. I know that MVOC often does this.

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