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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 1 days ending Jan 24, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 38:01 3.11(12:14) 5.0(7:36) 210
  Map Hike/Run1 15:00
  Total2 53:01 3.11 5.0 210

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Sunday Jan 24, 2010 #

Event: Weston Ski-o

Map Hike/Run 15:00 [2]
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Some relaxed control pickup.
11 AM

Orienteering race 38:01 intensity: (36:01 @4) + (2:00 @5) *** 5.0 km (7:36 / km) +210m 6:17 / km
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

DVOA President's Cup, 2010 at Warwick.

Warwick January 20100001-1

Somehow, I was not credited with the last control. Granted, I had just swooped in to punch right ahead of John Campbell and Anthony Carr, but if that control unit was awake, my epunch was in long enough that it should have registered.

I did the "red" configuration, rather than the unadvertised blue "M21" configuration. Seemingly there was expectation, at least by some, that I would do the latter. But, because I am not a M21, because it was unadvertised, because I am rather anal about doing the workout I expect to do, because I would rather race against 10+ people than 1 (Wyatt) and because I am well-read in my Sun Tzu, I was not about to deviate from my plan.

I had a decent race, but it was a lot of work. For instance, I found myself racing head to head with Nathan Ohrwaschel up the hill to the first control. Having done no warmup and no hard running this year, I found that to be quite taxing. In fact, I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest during that control and the next. But, luckily I never saw Nate again after that.

I would see Wyatt off and on, and Anthony Knarr--inevitably in front of me. At the very end, John Campbell was ahead through the window, but the long straight-away should have allowed me to get ahead (and it did, but somehow I mispunched.)

I do give Wyatt props for doing the blue by himself, but in my post analysis, I have determined that the blue configuration is most likely geometrically simpler than the red configuration owing to different symmetries or lack thereof. For instance, typical blue routes would generally have the bilateral symmetry of shapes such as a "Ω" or a "Q", whereas red would typically involve routings such a "N" or "Z". What's the point? None, although some math people may be able to provide a better rigorous argument for something here.

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