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Training Log Archive: Ollie

In the 7 days ending Oct 11, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:08:55 10.19(12:39) 16.4(7:52)81c
  Cycling1 33:42 7.66(4:24) 12.32(2:44) 100
  Cycle Commuting1 31:28 6.47(4:52) 10.42(3:01)
  Total5 3:14:05 24.32(7:59) 39.14(4:58) 10081c

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Saturday Oct 11, 2014 #

12 PM

Orienteering (Urban Race) 47:20 [4] *** 6.2 km (7:38 / km)
28c shoes: New Balance M860SB4

Race the Castles: Edinburgh. GPS says I ran 9.5km. Big home advantage - I was familiar with most of the map. The map also tended to avoid some of the most technical sections. The planning was good though with a good tour of several sections of the Old Town, a section through the steep part of Princes Street Gardens below the tunnel, which was fun and new, and a couple of classic long legs with lots of route choice - most failed to spot the best route on the first which was flatter but longer. Finished 11th out of a big group, six minutes behind the winner - very happy.

Special note/grumble: The quality of printing of the map was extremely poor - e.g. in some places, steps had blurred to the point they were not visible, and uncrossable walls on either sides of some passages had bled across each other. There was also an overabundance of form lines - essentially these formed a 2.5m contour in much of the map rather than just "showing form" as they should. The map has been overly rasterised and individual pixels can be clearly seen on the map, the DPI looks very low. The 1:4000 map used by the sprint courses was less affected (though still blurry) so something has gone wrong with the switch to 1:5000 for the main courses.

4 PM

Cycling 33:42 [3] 12.32 km (2:44 / km) +100m 2:38 / km

Edinburgh Waverley thru Loanhead.

Friday Oct 10, 2014 #

6 PM

Orienteering (Urban Race) 23:15 [5] ***** 2.1 km (11:04 / km)
23c shoes: New Balance M860SB4

Race the Castles Prologue, around the West End of Edinburgh. Complete disaster for me - I fell into all the traps, and near the end just took irrational decisions and changed level repeatedly where there was no need. Finished well down in the results - bottom third.

Thursday Oct 9, 2014 #

11 AM

Cycle Commuting (In to Work) 31:28 [2] 10.42 km (3:01 / km)

One of the slowest (dry) commutes in, due to a strong headwind.

Sunday Oct 5, 2014 #

10 AM

Orienteering (Porto City Race) 58:20 [4] *** 8.1 km (7:12 / km)
30c shoes: New Balance M860SB4

Finished 7th of 36. Ran 11.8km. A couple of poor route choicesm and heading to the wrong control at a butterfly, probably cost me the 90 seconds it would have taken to get 5th place again. However my painful back (caused by the rock-hard beds at the hotel) fixed itself quite early on in the run. The course was in two seconds - running around the narrow and irregular streets in an old suburb of Porto, then short legs around a couple of housing estates.

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