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Training Log Archive: disorienteer

In the 7 days ending Mar 31, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 6:20:21 9.94(38:15) 16.0(23:46) 545
  Total3 6:20:21 9.94(38:15) 16.0(23:46) 545

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Saturday Mar 31, 2012 #

orienteering race 1:46:27 [4] 4.2 km (25:21 / km) +150m 21:30 / km

Much less climb today and temps in the 50s made it a more manageable day. This time having an afternoon start was a plus; it was a tad warmer than the morning sprint. I I had two errors, one moderate (#3) and one big frickin major one (#12). Mental failure on my part -- the map was 1:5,000 but looked for all the world like a 1:10,000 (even Sharon C. said she had trouble with the scale!). So I kept overrunning (I use the word running loosely; I was walking of course) features and had to once again hustle to get in under time. However, I did some very nice navigating in the middle section of the course, beating other Green runners who were actually running. That was gratifying.

orienteering race 29:05 [3] 2.0 km (14:33 / km) +50m 12:56 / km

Really fun sprint on a "world-class disc golf course" -- couple of bobbles but otherwise pretty decent. Since I wasn't worried about falling as much, I jogged the course. Not super fast, but it felt good not to be an invalid for a change.

Friday Mar 30, 2012 #

orienteering race 1:59:49 [5] 4.2 km (28:32 / km) +210m 22:49 / km

I grievously "misunderstimated" (to quote a certain ex-president) the effort it would take to walk a Green course at the Flying Pig with a gimpy rib (compared to, say, Sid Richardson). Suffice it to say, it was a beating. Starting at 2 in the afternoon, temps in the 80s, was not ideal. I ended up pretty dehydrated. Combine with lots of climb, some steep downhills, struggling with trying not to fall -- it took a real mental toll as well as physical. I almost bagged it after control 11 of 18, but decided to slog onward. I wasn't running for time, obviously. but I didn't realize how close the the 2-hour time limit I was getting; fortunately, Vlad mentioned as I was in the chute that I had about 15 seconds to go, and I sprinted to the end. Made it in 1:59:49. Small victories.

Sunday Mar 25, 2012 #

orienteering 2:05:00 intensity: (1:20:00 @2) + (45:00 @3) 5.6 km (22:19 / km) +135m 19:55 / km

Walked the Green course on the second day of the Boy Scouts' Sid Richardson meet. Tom and I skipped yesterday, since we're both recovering from one thing or another. It was a smart decision in more ways than one -- temperatures were in the 80s yesterday, and the event started at noon. Several people apparently suffered from heat exhaustion; the sun exposure on this map can be brutal.

Bottom line: It was fine. I was slow, because I was ultra careful (Sid is rocky, and I fell there badly once in the rain, got quite hurt.) But as long as I only walk, not run, the rib really doesn't hurt any more than my knees do going down a steep hill. ;-) In this case, it's more about the fear of falling and making the break worse than it is about pain. But today gave me confidence; I'm going ahead with my A meets and I'm going ahead with Green. I won't turn in that great a time, but I'm not doing this for the rankings anyway.

Today I distributed our new jerseys to all members in attendance who ordered. Everyone is happy. :-)

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