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Training Log Archive: GraceE

In the 12 days ending Jan 14, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering11 8:23:05 22.99 37.0 789108c
  Running6 2:05:00
  Total11 10:28:05 22.99 37.0 789108c

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Monday Jan 14, 2013 #

(rest day)

Travelling back to Canberra.

Sunday Jan 13, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (World Cup) 27:47 [5] **** 3.6 km (7:43 / km) +185m 6:08 / km

Middle Prologue on "The Slump".
Good race with just a 30-40sec miss at the third control. Came 13th.

Running warm up/down 20:00 [2]

3 PM

Orienteering race (World Cup) 41:14 [5] **** 5.1 km (8:05 / km) +285m 6:19 / km

Middle - Chase, The Slump.
Having finished 13th in the morning I just missed out on scoring some bonus seconds. So when it came to the chase I felt very much like the bunny in front of the greyhounds, with 7 starting within 60 seconds behind me. With no forking, it was never really going to be my day.

By the first control there were a few others around me and by the third they were all nearly in front of me. I ran in the pack and then slightly off the back of the pack through 4 & 5, but was losing touch to c6. Was thinking at this stage what a stupid kind of race I was in but tried to push those thoughts away and concentrate a bit more instead. Out of c6 it was pretty steep and I lost contact with other runners; I hesitated into the control and got it just as Tess appeared (she had been in the pack with me). We went around to c8 but maybe this was a bit slower than going straight. I got c9 and then Tess got c10 (after we wasted a bit of time crossing a fence - Tess stuck in the fence and me unable to tread onto the fence without squashing Tess :s). Running to c11 I could see the pack a long way ahead, just about at the control. I got c11 and then around to c12. It was really steep out of c12 and I was really feeling it now. Tess got c13 - the map change, and then c14. Just nearing c14 the wind whipped my control descriptions out from my holder and they blew away - I found it a bit disconcerting but then realised I still had my map and could carry on! I got c15 a bit behind Tess and saw she was going around the hill to c16. I decided to go over for something different and got it ok with no Tess in sight, so ran hard(ish - under the conditions!) up to c17. Then I chose a route to c18 which involved ascending the steepest of steep hills and while labouring up here I saw two Swedes and Tess contouring around below me! I dug in and came over the top of the hill. The first Swede had stopped and was unsure. My line in was better and I ran straight to the control, with the others punching just after. While completing my sub-optimal route to c18 and seeing that I might be in a tight race to the last control, I had taken a quick glance at the map and decided to go right of the line to the last control. I didn’t even look closely at the left route; I just saw that right was suitable and that I would take it. So after punching c18 I ran out across the bumps to the track and as I looked left I saw the Swedes, Tess and Piret all making their way along the other side of the depression! I thought I had taken the bad route so I pushed on hard past the pre-start and start, cutting down to the last control just as the first Swede came into sight. I was a few seconds up so I held on to the finish. Apparently I was one of only two runners in the race to take the right route to the last control, and it looked from the spectator’s point of view as though I might have just overtaken a small pack with my route choice. While I didn’t overtake them - I wouldn’t have fancied myself in a sprint finish with those four, and so I think it was the right choice for me :) I finished in 18th place and fairly shattered.

Running warm up/down 10:00 [2]

Saturday Jan 12, 2013 #

Orienteering (Model map) 35:00 [3] ***

Friday Jan 11, 2013 #

Orienteering 30:00 [2] ***

Rotoma training map.

Thursday Jan 10, 2013 #

Orienteering race (Oceania Long Champs) 1:29:08 [4] *** 9.5 km (9:23 / km)

2nd behind Linnea Gustafsson.

Running warm up/down 20:00 [2]

Wednesday Jan 9, 2013 #

(rest day)

Tuesday Jan 8, 2013 #

Orienteering race 21:49 [5] **** 3.1 km (7:02 / km) +134m 5:47 / km

Sprint Final at Government House. Epic sprint! I finished thinking I'd done atrociously, but ended up 18th. Fell into the trap to c5 and ended up stuck on the wrong side of the fence mid-way. Dealt with it quickly though, running up the hill a further few hundred meters to the gate and down through the green managing 7th fastest split which I would certainly not have guessed during the race! I caught sight of Fel at c5 but never really caught her until the last bit through the buildings. On reflection, my route spotting and choices were ok, but I was dead rusty on the basics of sprint orienteering, missing things on the ground, running past my control thinking it's not mine, limited forward planning etc.

Running warm up/down 20:00 [2]

Monday Jan 7, 2013 #

Orienteering race 15:55 [5] *** 2.8 km (5:41 / km) +65m 5:06 / km

World Cup sprint qualifier on "Mr Speaker" in Wellington. Two loops through a great little area. No technical errors, though I didn't feel very sharp both in my thinking and my running. Placed 22nd which was comfortable but with no feeling that I could have finished higher.

Running warm up/down 30:00 [2]

Sunday Jan 6, 2013 #

Orienteering race 39:12 [4] **** 4.3 km (9:07 / km) +120m 8:00 / km

World Cup Middle, Manga Pirau. 16th. Messed up the spectator control and afterwards realised I'd taken a slow route to c2. Other than that it was solid and all that I could do. Caught a FIN mid-race and lost a bit of my concentration. Fun sand dunes but it wasn't all in that; the last five or so were along a pretty grotty ridge and it was a weird ending I thought.

Running warm up/down 25:00 [2]

Saturday Jan 5, 2013 #

Orienteering 27:00 [3] ***

Manga Pirau iti - model map for world cup race 1.

Orienteering 6:00 [4] ***

Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North - sprint training.

Orienteering 12:00 [3] ***

Victoria Esplanade.

Friday Jan 4, 2013 #

Orienteering race 58:30 [4] *** 8.6 km (6:48 / km)

Oceania Day 1, Fusilier. Flattish forested sand-duney stuff. 4th.

Thursday Jan 3, 2013 #

Orienteering 59:30 [3] ***

Training on Kaikokopu. 10mins, 9.30, then 40.

Orienteering 40:00 [3] ***

Training on Prickly Sands.

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