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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Aug 21, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 3:30:45 15.47(13:37) 24.9(8:28) 55559 /66c89%
  Total6 3:30:45 15.47(13:37) 24.9(8:28) 55559 /66c89%

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Tuesday Aug 21, 2018 #

12 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 17:54 [4] *** 2.7 km (6:38 / km) +30m 6:17 / km

NAOC sprint, 10th M45 about 3 minutes behind Brian May. A fairly disappointing run both physically and technically. Never really got myself going, having perhaps the run I expected to have yesterday after limited preparation (my warm-up was running to the start after a commentary stint). Achilles, which has been good this week, also a bit iffy at times. Navigation was pretty wayward too; dropped about 30 seconds after ending up on the wrong side of the buildings at 3, then had suboptimal routes to 4 and 6 as well. Still a good sprint area - they did a good job with what they had.

Carcross has also become a bit of a mountain biking mecca (Anna and Marquita did some exploring in the afternoon). A lot of this was built as part of an indigenous development project (as noted on the display in the town, building trails is part of the culture of the local people, situated as they were on the trade route between southeast Alaska and the peoples of the interior) - perhaps something we could learn from in Australia?

Monday Aug 20, 2018 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 28:58 [4] *** 3.4 km (8:31 / km) +110m 7:20 / km

NAOC relays. Structure for this for the non-elite teams was a three-person relay in three different categories of which ours was the highest (although we would in fact have been eligible for both the others). I ran the third, longest, leg; Anna and Liggo ran first and second for 2.2km apiece.

Didn't have much of a warm-up after doing commentary early (especially once it became apparent that the leg times were short - Anna and Liggo did 16 apiece), but felt good in such warm-up as I had, a rarity of late. Went out in second but didn't expect to stay there, this leg being where a lot of the good elites not in the US or Canadian national teams ended up.

The course itself was in a ski/biathlon area, with lots of tracks which weaved around a bit, and generally slow forest in between, so the trick was to link the tracks and gaps between them in the most logical way. The first leg was quite long and Nick Barrable burned past me. The running side didn't go quite as well as it promised to beforehand (and there was a bit of a stumble on the start line when Liggo gave me the wrong map before correcting), but hit the controls OK with only one 15-seconder.

Turned around at the finish to see Timo Sild behind me - he'd given me 11 minutes' start and had made up 10 1/2 of them. (I'd actually thought he was in front of me, after seeing him out there and thinking he was on the way to 7 when he was actually on the way to 1). His first runner was Daniel Antonio Pereira from Hong Kong, whose name I remember for mispunching in all four events at a past JWOC. We ended up 5th; a team of the Falck Weber brothers and Annija Bjork won.

Sunday Aug 19, 2018 #

1 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 37:05 [4] **** 3.0 km (12:22 / km) +145m 9:57 / km

North American Middle, 3rd. Made the most of a very technical course, with only one error of any size (about 1.5 minutes on 10) to get probably my best result this year. Wasn't running terribly fast, but this wasn't an area for it - rather it was an area for avoiding disaster, particularly on the flat and scary section from 4 to 9. Apart from 10, I was a little wobbly on the way to 1, but ended up hitting the control OK. Didn't run any of the steep hills, but I'm not sure if too many others did. Definitely a day for the navigator (although astonishingly Timo Sild did under 7 mins/km on this). About 2.30 off the lead - was actually in front before my mistake at 10 (it's been a long time since I've seen a red number against my name on Winsplits).

Very scenic arena with a backdrop of Lewes Lake and the mountains beyond that, although fine dust became more of a nuisance as the day went on.

Yesterday we were sharing a course with the M18s, today it was the W18s. I know the junior fields here are some way below full (North American) strength but the results were still a bit of a shock - fastest time in W18 was 110(!). By way of comparison, I'd probably expect to beat the current crop of Australian junior women in this type of terrain, but would expect at least some to get within a few minutes. (In less technical terrain, some do beat me at least some of the time - Asha gets me every now and again in Melbourne Bush-Os, for instance).

Saturday Aug 18, 2018 #

12 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:02:48 [4] *** 6.8 km (9:14 / km) +195m 8:05 / km

NAOC long, 6th M45. Brent (on his home turf, although he hasn't run on this specific area) won with 51 but no-one else was under the high 50s.

Apart from the first control this was a pretty good run. I was wobbly on the first, having a bit of trouble getting into the map initially - didn't actually go too far off the line but had enough hesitations and pulling up short to drop a couple of minutes (according to the split comparisons I've done so far). From there, although I was still finding it hard to hold a bearing in the flatter regions (I wasn't the only person to notice that my compass had trouble settling, presumably due to the proximity of the magnetic pole), it didn't really cost me anything. There were a few controls in vague and greenish terrain (4, 9, 10) where I wasn't confident but was very pleased to hit a flag more or less right on. Also running reasonably well by recent standards, with no injury issues.

Quite a nice area to be in; good running on the higher ground but harder work in the softer lowlands. Reasonably happy with the outcome too, although getting edged out by Nick Duca by 30 seconds was a bit disappointing (we've been crossing paths for more than 20 years - having first met as co-commentators at JWOC 1996 in Romania).

Friday Aug 17, 2018 #

Event: NAOC 2018
12 PM

Run 24:00 [3] *** 2.4 km (10:00 / km) +75m 8:39 / km

NAOC model event. As usual, a fairly casually-paced attempt to come to grips with the terrain - not so different in its landforms from some of what I've been in in Europe. Main take-home from this was that I'm more used to 2.5m contours in areas with this level of contour detail, so will need to get used to the idea that quite big features are represented with a single contour. Didn't feel great running, but that often happens in model events.

It's quite cool and dry here (although it's forecast to warm up), and it was quite a novelty to finish without being drenched with sweat. Summers are short here; it dropped to -4 in Haines Junction this morning (+3 in Whitehorse).

Thursday Aug 16, 2018 #

(rest day)

Walking through the streets of Skagway with my gear at 1am (the place I was staying was a bit over 1km from the dock), I did muse that travel puts you in some slightly oddball situations. It was a fairly quick turnaround, because I thought I was on the 7.30 train out of town. I wasn't - I got to the ticket office to pick up my tickets and saw that they had 12.30 printed on them. This actually worked out OK, as it meant I spent a few hours in Skagway instead of a few hours in Carcross (where I basically wouldn't have been able to leave the bus stop because of the NAOC sprint embargo), and they let me leave my pack at the ticket office. Just would have been nice to know ahead of time so I could have had a bit more sleep...(I probably wouldn't have tried to fit in a run anyway, with orienteering on 7 of the next 8 days).

Skagway, a town which got its start as the port for the late 1890s Klondike gold rush, has its character although it's hard to know how authentic the buildings actually are. Wasn't quite as overwhelmed as I thought it might be with three cruise ships in town. The train trip was scenic, and so was the connecting bus; I was by no means the only Australian here, sighting Liz and Bruce, the Meekings, Jones and Brownlie couples.

Wasn't quite the last of my transport-related misadventures, though - I'd booked to pick a car up from Whitehorse Airport, but have found out that whatever it says on the Budget website, the desk is only open to meet incoming flights. I'm currently sitting around the airport for a couple of hours waiting for the next one.

Wednesday Aug 15, 2018 #

3 PM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.6 km (6:04 / km)

Perhaps it was as well for my mental health that I was off the ship when a subsequently-rescinded announcement was made that we wouldn't be leaving Ketchikan until Wednesday morning. This morning I found out a bit more of the story - they thought they were going to have to fly a part in from Anchorage, but someone managed to track the relevant part down at the Ketichikan Wal-Mart, and we ended up leaving Ketchikan around 9pm, now 11 hours behind schedule.

Some of the port stops are reasonably long for reasons which were not immediately obvious to me. Petersburg's was only 45 minutes, but that was long enough to find a place with decent coffee close to the terminal (none of the terminals except Skagway's are close to the centre of town, though Petersburg's, like Ketchikan's, is still in the urban area). The one in "Juneau" (the terminal is actually 25km out of town, to avoid the ships having to do a big out-and-back - the passage north of Juneau is too shallow for shipping) was about 2 hours. I didn't think that was long enough to hire a taxi to go to the Mendenhall Glacier, but it was enough for a run.

A look at a map in the ferry terminal suggested that, after about 1km on the highway (which at least had a decent shoulder) there was a coastal trail, and so it proved - a nice spot to be in, partly coastal rainforest and partly beach. (Beaches are actually a pretty rare sight in this part of the world - typically the forest comes right down to the waterline). Felt better on the run than yesterday, although that's not an especially high bar to clear.

As expected, the trip was highly scenic, getting progressively more so as we went further north (one upside of the delay is that we probably got more of the good bits in daylight and in decent weather than we would have on the original schedule). Eventually made Skagway about 1am - brownie points for the B+B host who got/stayed up for me (I'd rung from Juneau to let them know what was happening).

The ferry was definitely a travel experience. You get to see most of what the cruise ship passengers see at a vastly lower price and without being in the company of several thousand of your new best friends anywhere you go ashore (and, although it was still mostly an older crowd, there were a few people, other than the crew, who were younger than I was). On the downside, the system is clearly starved of funds - although apparently a couple of the older ships (mine was 55 years old) are being replaced in the next couple of years - facilities on board are reasonably basic - definitely not a Baltic Sea vessel - and the food ranges from passable to almost inedible.

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