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Training Log Archive: cedarcreek

In the 7 days ending Mar 31, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 54:51 2.23(24:35) 3.59(15:17) 130
  Running2 40:25 2.08 3.35 55
  Total3 1:35:16 4.31 6.94 185

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Saturday Mar 31, 2007 #

Orienteering race 54:51 [4] *** 3.59 km (15:17 / km) +130m 12:56 / km
shoes: Adidas Tri-Star Cleats ($35)

Stanbery Park, Cincinnati. Brown course. Our current map at Stanbery isn't very good. Vladimir Z. is re-mapping it, but it won't be completed until after his next visit this fall. Greg Sack was the setter, and I thought he made good use of the map to set some reasonably interesting legs.

Control 8 on Brown was placed in a very complex area of the terrain, and the problem with that is the map doesn't show the complexity. It was placed significantly out of the circle (we believe), and a lot of people wasted time here. I had heard about it, so I was just going to make a pass up the hillside and then back down to the trail and not spend time looking. I basically stumbled on it at 13 minutes (for the leg), and that was the best time I heard anyone quote.

It was quite difficult orienteering because as bad as the contours were, they were the only reliable way I found to navigate. Sometimes it meant interpreting tiny squiggles and making big decisions based on dodgy data. I'm really looking forward to that new map.

The one complaint I mentioned (nicely I hope) to the course setter was that his control locations used vague locations like reentrant or spur or stream when the feature in question was very long or very broad. I only use a description like "reentrant" when the feature is, I don't know---maybe smaller than a circle, but still small enough to see the whole thing when you're standing there. I attempt to use a control description that defines as much as possible a specific point. I try to reread the IOF Control Description guide before a big course setting task, although I didn't this year. (I'd class that as a big mistake.)


Obviously, defining a "point" isn't possible with many control descriptions. Reentrant upper part, for example. Ditch SE-end ought to be much more point-like than "upper part".

One thing I've noticed by looking at maps and then going out to the actual place is that there are certain control descriptions that are more likely to be usable than others. Reentrant or Stream junctions are almost always there, although you sometimes can't detect if there are several in the circle. My usual process is to pick a likely spot on the map, but to not write the control description until I actually visit that area on the ground.

Tuesday Mar 27, 2007 #

Running 30:25 [2] 3.35 km (9:05 / km) +55m 8:23 / km

Ran with Katie. This is actually my second running workout since I hurt my ribs, but I have to download my Garmin Forerunner to remember when I did the first one.

It was pretty slow---My legs were heavy, and sore from Sunday. Katie got a side stitch, so we cut it short and walked a lot on the way back. I let her try out my Nike foot pod iPod nano plug in thingie.


Except for the radiator hose leak that kept me from the Louisville Sprints, I had a good weekend.

2 movies:

Shooter (1). What can I say? I read the book, Point of Impact (by Stephen Hunter), and I had to see it. The book was a lot better, but the movie actually surprised me. Let's just say the movie reflects the dominant political feelings in the country right now. And while I believe that "sniper" is an honorable military occupation, seeing it in a movie like this kind of gives me the creeps.

The Lives of Others (German---Das Leben der anderen) (1). Wow. What a movie. It's been said that the movie is just spot on in its portrayal of East Germany circa 1984. It's about a Stasi Captain who investigates a writer. It is movies like this that make me mad about NSA wiretapping, FBI abuse of National Security Letters, the Patriot Act in general, and the current apparent suspension of Habeas Corpus. "Wake up and smell the coffee, people. It's a fool's paradise. They're just leading us down the primrose path..."

Sunday Mar 25, 2007 #

Running intervals (Unplanned---Play) 10:00 [5]

10 minutes of chasing Brach around the yard. He had stolen the basketball Katie and I were using, and we were trying to get it back. I'd chase him away, then stand around the basket to draw him back in (actually playing with another ball), and then I'd try to fake him out and do a maximum effort sprint for a few seconds. It sounds stupid, I know, but I'm logging it for 2 reasons:

1. I was breathing so hard after 10 minutes I could barely move.
2. I'm still sore 2 days later.

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