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Training Log Archive: expresso

In the 1 days ending Sep 19, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteer1 1:14:09 4.47(16:34) 7.2(10:18) 280
  Run1 30:00 3.0(10:00) 4.83(6:13)
  Total1 1:44:09 7.47(13:56) 12.03(8:40) 280

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Saturday Sep 19, 2009 #

Orienteer race (sprint) 18:10 [5] *** 2.6 km (6:59 / km) +60m 6:16 / km
shoes: Icebug MR2 811

US Sprint Championship - Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester, NY
Had an early start for this so I got out on the model course early to get my head into the mapping style and small scale. Race "arena" was a small field with the start, finish, spectator control and an occasional runner crossing at the top of the hill. Very well designed and fun area and course.
My run was good and clean. I particularly enjoyed the first few controls through some nice white woods. Other than drifting right on 3 a bit the run was very clean and fast through 9. Bit confused by the bushes and slow to 10 and then took a roundabout way to 11 that was safe but a bit slow. 14 was my downfall, although I executed the route pretty well, it was the worst of 3 route choices (straight). I had not had any problems moving through the woods yet so I thought I could power through the short distance or maybe find a beaten track (no such luck). Rest were fine but I was really tiring at the end and a cadetette dusted me in the chute.
Results... were pretty good. I was fourth among M40-44 runners (beaten by Eugene, Tom C. & Sergiy G.) but with one Canuck and two running up with the elites, I defaulted in for the gold medal. I look at it as a US bronze and was pleased with my run.

Orienteer race (middle) 55:59 [3] **** 4.6 km (12:10 / km) +220m 9:49 / km
shoes: Icebug MR2 811

Middle - Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester, NY
I was on this map about a year ago and remember some big hills and technical areas. I was looking forward to the nav challenge but did not want to kill myself on the hills in advance of tomorrow's ultra-long. I approached the race with a resolution to stay off the gas and get into the map. Things were off even before the start as I forgot my magnifier which I needed to read the detail. I could have run back to car but didn't want a panic session so I decided to just go.
Things got even worse as I missed seeing the mapped stream to 1 and drifted left and luckily recovered on rootstock pair. Straight to 2 and I spotted the control right beyond a depression with (I thought) a bit of drying mud at the bottom so I decided to go through it at high speed. Nope!! It was a 6+ foot deep pool of "quickmud" and in an instant I was up to my armpits in stagnant goo; just awful !! I slowly dragged myself out and looked like the "swamp thing" with decomposing leaves and mud hanging off me. I trudged over to punch the control with heavy, mucky feet and then shambled off for the next point considering whether I should just bag the run only 2 minutes into it. But I didn't and was lackluster through 6, bad 7 and then major boom on 10 when I did not see the second trail and made a parallel error. That was it, I was already tired from dragging around the extra 5 pounds of water & mud and my run was non-competitive so it was time to slow down and walk to focus on nav and conserve energy for tomorrow. It was not fun to let people run by me but decent nav practice and would hopefully pay off tomorrow. Results are not relevant.

Run (grass) 30:00 [3] 3.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Icebug MR2 811

Warmup/down around the day's races.

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