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Training Log Archive: MW

In the 7 days ending Nov 12, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering2 3:08:47 14.39(13:07) 23.16(8:09) 23563c
  Total2 3:08:47 14.39(13:07) 23.16(8:09) 23563c

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Sunday Nov 12, 2006 #

orienteering race 1:56:17 [2] 13.96 km (8:20 / km) +120m 7:59 / km

Pakim Pond - long distance

Was running with Brad Hutchison from controls 6 to 13 (although we usually took different routes) which helped to keep the pace going. But we both messed up 13 (perhaps 90 seconds for me), and he got away. Apart from 13, I had no trouble with any controls, but I didn't feel as clear as yesterday.

On my way to the 19th control my left calf started hurting. I did a bit of walking over the next few controls, particularly on the way to 24 by which time the calf was really sore. The 24th control was just near the finish, and there were still 2.5 km to go. I was seriously contemplating a DNF, when Brad came past. This motivated me to keep going.

So at least I got an official time, but I've aggravated my calf. Moral of the story is not to enter the blue course when you're nursing an injury.

This was a really well-organized event, with good terrain and maps. My one slight quibble with the organization was the finish in the middle of nowhere on Day 2. I couldn't figure out where results were being posted that day, so I just went home.

Saturday Nov 11, 2006 #

orienteering race 58:59 [2] 7.45 km (7:55 / km) +105m 7:24 / km

Batsto - middle distance

I was pretty happy with the way I orienteered today. I was hitting the controls well, with just a couple of hesitations, and the control exits were working well too.

I thought the map was really good. On the terrain, many people found the blueberries were tough going, but it felt easier than some of the muck I've been running through in recent weeks. Perhaps the two week break (enforced by injury) had me feeling fresh too.

orienteering race (sprint) 13:31 [3] *** 1.75 km (7:43 / km) +10m 7:31 / km

Sprint at Batsto

Messed up the 9th control, losing at least a minute. This was a good length for a sprint for me. I didn't dare do the second sprint, for fear of aggravating my calves, although today my legs felt OK.

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