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Training Log Archive: BorisGr

In the 7 days ending Apr 15:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cross-Training4 3:11:00
  Orienteering2 1:14:15 7.64(9:43) 12.3(6:02)
  T.rex training3 1:00:00
  Running1 20:00
  Total6 5:45:15 7.64 12.3

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Monday Apr 15 #

Cross-Training 35:00 [1]


T.rex training 30:00 [1]

Full strength routine plus extra hamstring exercises.

Sunday Apr 14 #


Out of precaution, I skipped today's race. I did not want to reinjure the hamstring like I did at the Flying Pig. I think it was the right choice.

Instead, I spent the day announcing. With the live results working well, this was a joy today. It was especially fun to watch our juniors battle it out for JWOC spots and Interscholastic/Intercollegiate titles with some great performances all weekend. Erin and Greg have built an excellent program. We have competitive team trials year after year, and that it is a testament to their great work. Now all we need is to translate that to the senior level.

In addition to the great racing, it was fun to see the camaraderie and spirit in the JDT/JNT. They seemed to act like a cohesive unit, hanging out together all weekend and cheering each other on. This is the kind of thing that builds lifelong friendships and keeps people in the sport. Love it!

I see the younger kids (Max, Patrick, Samantha, Emilia), and I am hoping that they look at the older kids and see that as something they want to be a part of someday.

Cross-Training 45:00 [1]

When we got home, Alli took a post-nap Inara on a playdate, and I hit the gym for a bit.

Saturday Apr 13 #

Running 20:00 [2]


Orienteering race 36:57 [4] 5.4 km (6:51 / km)

QOC Junior Nationals

We got to the arena early and headed to the start right away. Thanks to Will for watching Inara while Alli and I ran!

This was my first hard running effort since re-aggravating my hamstring at the Flying Pig. I was wary of the vague contours and tried to be precise with my compass and use all the terrain features I could to help me stay on line. The race went pretty well, but I still made a couple of mistakes (0:30 on #2, 0:30 on #15, and several hesitations right in the circle when I didn't see the control right away) and definitely ran out of steam after #12 or so. The lack of hard running workouts certainly showed.

I was pleasantly surprised with the speed I was able to maintain for the first part of the course - there is certainly something here to build on. Jordan was untouchable today, but 2nd place was up for grabs, and it was great to see Joe Barrett finally having the margins on his side.


After finishing, I did a bunch of announcing and keeping half an eye on Inara while Alli worked the download. Inara was roaming by herself a lot of the time - this was a great arena for that, wide open and relatively safe, which meant that at one point a concerned JROTC mom came to me and asked me to announce that there was a toddler wandering around by herself in the middle of a field. I sheepishly had to admit that it was, in fact, my toddler.

Orienteering race 19:10 [5] 3.1 km (6:11 / km)

Relay at Junior Nationals!

Relays are the best. We had a team of myself, Alli, and Nadim. None of us were sure we would run due to various injuries, but in the end, we all did. This was made possible by the fact that Alli took Inara for a driving nap during the day, which was clutch.

It's been a long time since I'd run a leadoff leg in a relay. It's really fun! It would have been nice to be fitter, but you do what you can. Right off the start, I found myself heading in a direction that no one else was running in, and I was alone at my first control - not a normal occurrence on the first control of the first leg. A bunch of cadets, who must have gone to the wrong forking, then came flying past me on the way to 2. I spent the next few legs chasing a pack containing Joe Barrett, Erin, and Gheorghe, but they were all moving a bit faster than me. I was surprised to see Thomas Laraia go by just before the spectator control, and to see that AJ was still behind me at that point.

On the final loop I found myself mostly alone, in between packs, but everyone bunched together when the leading group missed and the second group, containing AJ and Wyatt, caught up. I think Joe B managed to avoid the mistake and take the leadoff leg win! I handed off to Alli 2 minutes down. She and Nadim had solid races, and we somehow ended up as the 3rd 3-point club team. So much fun!

After my leg, I spent the rest of the relay announcing. The arena was set up perfectly for this, with a great view to the spectator control and the finish chute from the top of the ridge.

T.rex training 15:00 [1]

Family yoga with Alli and Will in the evening.

Friday Apr 12 #

Orienteering 18:08 [2] 3.8 km (4:46 / km)

We went to spectate and help out at (though didn't actually end up being helpful at all) the sprint race of the JWOC Team Trials at George Mason University. I had never been on this map before. It's a great sprint area! I hope QOC uses it to put on a sprint NRE in the near future. Greg/Erin did a great job with the course design, though a shorter version for the women would have been nice.

After everyone started, I took Inara around the course. I mostly carried her on my shoulders, but each time we spotted a control, she had to get down, run to it, and punch. This worked pretty well, and we both had fun. An added bonus were the GMU food delivery robots that were driving all around campus. Inara was delighted by them.

GMU robots:

Wednesday Apr 10 #

Cross-Training 30:00 [1]


T.rex training 15:00 [1]

Tuesday Apr 9 #

Cross-Training 1:21:00 [1]

Elliptical at the Blair House gym

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