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Training Log: Cristina

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering2 2:25:50 10.76(13:33) 17.32(8:25) 280495.9
  Climbing1 15:0030.0
  Stretching/Yoga1 10:0010.0
  Running1 9:30 0.95(10:03) 1.52(6:15)17.5
  Total4 3:00:20 11.7 18.84 280553.4
  [1-5]4 2:59:58
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Sunday Nov 17 #

9 AM

Orienteering 2:01:54 intensity: (22 @0) + (1:28 @1) + (17:50 @2) + (41:28 @3) + (56:58 @4) + (3:48 @5) 14.19 km (8:35 / km) +266m 7:51 / km
ahr:171 max:190 shoes: Eton & Eccles (O-Roc 280)

Possum Trot XX

This was fun! And I won! Lukas got a kick out of my squeaky toy stuffed possum, so that's a double win.

I was a bit worried about being able to keep reading a map for two hours so I told myself the goal was just to finish properly and to let everyone else go out like banshees at the start. I did that and just followed the streams of people to the first two controls. People started to string out on the third leg and I found myself back and forth with Spike for the next couple. On the way to 6, crossing the big creek, I ended up stepping into thigh-deep water and falling forward, breaking some ice and getting coated with ice water pretty much up to my chest. That sort of alleviated any overheating concerns and served as a warning to Spike, who was able to hop around the hole.

I don't remember much of the middle of the course. There was a section of controls back and forth crossing a big camping area where my legs were telling me that I was already tired, so that was awesome. Somewhere in here Spike stopped to take off his active ankle and he never caught back up again, which was too bad because it was nice having him near by. I was really fading around the one hour mark, and then we had a nice long trail run for 14 and that was legit awesome because I could rest my brain *and* my terrain legs and that helped.

I got to 18 just behind Robert Minto, who I hadn't remembered seeing before, and with a couple of guys behind me who had been around for a couple of controls. I had no idea if any of them had skipped yet and wondered whether I would be alone to 20, since 19 seemed like a good skip (the best skip?). I was alone to 20, and had some moments of, "oh no, what if 21 is a better skip and they're all doing that and I miss out?!" but I stuck with it and pushed through the final 4 controls, still alone, and into the finish without seeing any sign of any of them. Wasn't sure if they were ahead or behind so I was happy to learn that they were all behind me - the skip worked!

Meanwhile, it turns out that while I was busy skipping 19 there were also actually a half dozen men running around in circles trying to find it. My skip not only put me safely in front of the guys around me but also in front of 6 of the guys who had been well ahead of me the whole race. Looks like I went from around 15th to 8th in just that last section. Fun!

Really happy that I managed to orienteer for two hours without brain farting. Not only was this a lot more orienteering than I've been doing recently, it was also the single longest run (in time) that I have done all year. Yikes.

Saturday Nov 16 #

1 PM

Running warm up/down 9:30 intensity: (1:43 @1) + (7:31 @2) + (16 @3) 1.52 km (6:15 / km)
ahr:151 max:172 shoes: Eton & Eccles (O-Roc 280)

Orienteering 23:56 intensity: (30 @1) + (1:19 @2) + (6:15 @3) + (13:46 @4) + (2:06 @5) ** 3.13 km (7:40 / km) +14m 7:29 / km
ahr:174 max:186 shoes: Eton & Eccles (O-Roc 280)

Pre-Possum

Gorgeous day, pretty nice woods, fun course. My body seemed a little surprised to be asked to run but I managed okay. A few goofs on the course but I think I was just happy to be running through the woods and not paying that much attention.

Great to see so many non-coastal O peeps.
4 PM

Stretching/Yoga 10:00 [1]

Thursday Nov 14 #

7 PM

Climbing 15:00 [2]

Today was our company's quarterly off-site and our surprise evening outing was to Brooklyn Boulders for some climbing. It seemed like half of us (out of 8) enjoy climbing. The other half were not sold. I did several easy bouldering problems and auto-belay routes before finishing with a bouldering problem that took me a few tries. Satisfying to do it. I definitely ate more tapas after that than justified by the low level of exercise but they were delicious.

My body seems to be in a much better place than earlier in the week, though I am still low on energy and get extra tired and warm in the afternoon. I think whatever hit me has almost been defeated, so I'll go to MO tomorrow and hope I am feeling at least close to 100% by Sunday for the Possum Trot.

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