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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 31 days ending Aug 31, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run25 18:17:02 6.04 9.71 85
  Orienteering12 9:55:34 46.92 75.51 289515 /50c30%
  Bike3 2:00:00
  Map hike2 1:40:00
  Weight training1 30:00
  Total26 32:22:36 52.95 85.22 298015 /50c30%
averages - sleep:6 weight:160lbs

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Monday Aug 31, 2009 #

Event: Laramie Daze
 

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In some ways, I am rather consistent

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DatePlaceTimePointsFedEvent NameType% Down

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20-Aug-093418:56:00755HUNWOC Sprint Distance Qualification ASprint30.90

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17-Aug-093182:05:00850HUNWOC Long Distance Qualification ALong36.60

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17-Jul-083339:46:00687CZEWOC Middle Distance Heat AMiddle57.80

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15-Jul-083194:03:00632CZEWOC Long Distance Heat CLong54.80

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20-Aug-072839:18:00770UKRWOC Middle Distance QualificationMiddle - Heat B51.00

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19-Aug-073181:17:00773UKRWOC Long Distance QualificationLong - Heat C48.90

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30-Jul-063286:00:00780DENWOC Long Distance QualificationLong A47.40

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29-Jul-063239:36:00778DENWOC Middle Distance QualificationMiddle46.60

Run 20:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

1%, 6 mph.

Run 10:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

1%, 6mph.

Run tempo 20:00 [3]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8, 8.5mph. Last 4 at 10, and last 1 at 10.5.

Felt great the whole time. Always remember the warmup. Long and slow and you are ready to go.

Run warm up/down 10:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

2%, 7.5mph.

Sunday Aug 30, 2009 #

Run 30:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8 hills, 7mph.

Run 30:00 intensity: (24:00 @2) + (6:00 @3)
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8 hills, 7.5mph, and tempo for last 6.

Saturday Aug 29, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 intensity: (54:00 @2) + (6:00 @3)
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8 hills, 7mph until the last 6 minutes when I went tempo speed.

No other souls in the gym, no TV, no music, no AC. Kind of surreal.

Friday Aug 28, 2009 #

Note

Dat's what I'm talkin about.

Run warm up/down 25:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

From Oak Grove to the Sheepfold. A little better this time. The route I took last time (at about 75% of the way) was absurd.

Run 1:57:00 intensity: (1:22:00 @2) + (20:00 @3) + (15:00 @4)
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

I went to the Fells to investigate a disturbance in the force. It was real, that is for sure.

Got wicked lost for 1 hour, but some of that was clearly not my fault ;)

Thursday Aug 27, 2009 #

Run 1:20:00 [2]
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Another easy run, just further along the same route as yesterday. Awesome conditions.

Wednesday Aug 26, 2009 #

Note

No training on Monday or Tuesday (I arrived home at 2:30 or so Tuesday, but went to bed in the early evening, sleeping 11 hours, but getting caught up and on a US schedule. I hope.)

A lot of training awaits for US events this fall.

Note

I have a new knock-off ENEL3 battery available. It fits the D70, D50, D70s, and D100 (I think) but definitely not my D80. If you can use it, I'll give it to you.

Run 1:00:00 intensity: (10:00 @1) + (50:00 @2)
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Easy paced run out to Harvard. Encountered Dasha on the way back at ~50, so the last part was easier.

Not hot, but very humid. Sweat a lot.

Sunday Aug 23, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 5:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

A little running to the start.

Orienteering race 42:05 intensity: (12:05 @3) + (30:00 @4) *** 5.1 km (8:15 / km) +190m 6:57 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Hungaria Cup, Open 3, Day 6.

This was clearly the worst run I had in Hungary. Just didn't have any concentration. After flubbing three late controls to the tune of 5 minutes I just packed it in. Not an outing to remember.

WOC 2009 Hungaria Cup Day 60001

Map hike 30:00 [1] ***
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Hanging streamer controls for our event.

Orienteering race 15:00 [4] *** 3.5 km (4:17 / km) +20m 4:10 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Running the "Last Chance for Gold."

WOC 2009 Beer O0001

Trememndous fun, even if I did design the course and hang the controls. Actually, I had two minor problems. I actually took one sub-optimal route choice (maybe 10 seconds?) and my third beer (a Leffe) normally one of my favorites, clearly is inappropriate for competitive beer O.

WOC 2009 Long Final 8-24-2009 221

Map hike 30:00 [1] **
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Picked up controls afterward.

Saturday Aug 22, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 10:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Easy warmup.

Orienteering race 1:05:32 [4] *** 8.1 km (8:05 / km) +450m 6:20 / km
16c shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Hungaria Cup, Day 5, Open 3.

Another good race on the relay/middle terrain. This one was not entirely trivial, but it was still pretty easy. It was also tremendous fun.

I was pretty clean through halfway, but got a little raggedy at the very end. I probably had two minutes in execution mistakes, but a little more in sub-optimal route choices. Felt good.

WOC 2009 Hungaria Cup Day 50001

Map hike 40:00 [1] ***
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Checking locations for the "Last Chance for Gold" aka "North American, European, and Rest of World Inaugural Invitational Beverage Orienteering Sprint, etc., etc.

Everything looked OK, but the map was not super. It would certainly do.

Friday Aug 21, 2009 #

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(rest day)

Watched and cheered an awesome relay. Very nice.

Thursday Aug 20, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 20:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Warmup for the sprint qualifier. This includes the 9 minutes to get to the start.

Orienteering 18:56 [4] *** 2.9 km (6:32 / km) +125m 5:22 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

WOC 2009 Sprint Qualification Heat A.

Definitely not happy about this race, and unpleasantly surprised.

I will not get existential or despondent, etc., but certainly deserve a kick in the a** rather than a pat on the back.

I don't know what happened, but I know I was slow. Clearly my first two legs were unduly conservative; I see that now that I have drawn my course. But, after that, it still sucked. In fact, until 11 (12:44 running for me) my splits were pretty awful. After that, they picked up and I was at least in the 20s--not great, but respectable.

The thing is, the first 10 controls were the forest ones, in the drainage areas, and the ones after were more conventional "orange course" stuff. I'm OK at least running around on the trails and fields, but negotiating reentrants--not so much.

From a WRE perspective, this appears to be my third worst WOC performance in my inglorious career.

WOC 2009 Sprint Qual0001
That would be a stupid way to finish.

Run warm up/down 7:00 [2]
shoes: Salomon XCR

Warmup before the town sprint.

Definitely feeling little zip in the legs due to the climb over the past few days and not having any food since breakfast.

Orienteering race 9:55 [4] *** 1.8 km (5:31 / km)
shoes: Salomon XCR

Hungaria Cup, Day 4, Open 2. This was a sprint in downtown Miskolc. The first such sprint like this I have done. I would definitely do another. Again, stupid easy.

Actually, I lost 10-15 seconds. Some of that was running by the finish punch.

Finally won one of these: 1/46, and 47 seconds clear, but clearly there was no competition on this poseur course. So, the last 2 days I will do Open 3.

WOC 2009 Hungaria Cup Day 40001

Wednesday Aug 19, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 15:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Warmup before the 3K, 200M+ "middle." After I got to the start and realized I didn't have my epunch, I had to go back to the finish to grab it. As it was in my bag, this was only a "half-Eddie."

But, I got a good warmup.

Orienteering race 25:36 [4] *** 3.0 km (8:32 / km) +215m 6:17 / km
spiked:8/13c shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Hungaria Cup Open 2, Middle (Day 3).

A very good run. Most of my problems were on the first control, and maybe attributable to the new start procedure and the fact that I was trying to get my map into the map bag most of the way to the first control.

Of course, this was an orange course (in US style) so I should expect to find it stupid easy.

Probably lost 45 seconds to one minute. Could have pushed a little harder but I did have a real race the next day.

WOC 2009 Hungaria Cup Day 30001

Note

3/44, 14 seconds out of first and behind Shunsake Konno and Nobuhiro Nishio from the Japanese team.

Tuesday Aug 18, 2009 #

Event: WOC 2009
 

Note

This is what my long qualifier taping job did to the skin on my foot/ankle:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2555/3832899331_df2...

Run warm up/down 12:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

With Eddie, to the start for the open 2 course.

Orienteering race 42:50 [4] *** 5.3 km (8:05 / km) +315m 6:14 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Hungaria Cup, Open 2 course. Climb as measured on my route. An alternative route I considered later had 25 meters less. Advertised was 280 I think.

I had a very good run, on what I am beginning to consider stupidly easy terrain. (It was the same place as yesterday, although a different name: Bukkszentkereszt. It did have a piece tacked on the west edge.)

I had two small mistakes at the end. So, maybe 2 minutes total execution errors, and maybe 1 minute from sub-par route choice. Still, too much for terrain I was born for.

WOC 2009 Hungaria Cup Day 20001

Note

2/57 on the day, 2:30 behind Antonio Martinez from the Spanish team.

Monday Aug 17, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 15:00 [2]
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

Warmup, which includes the 9 minutes of call ups to the start.

Orienteering race 1:22:05 [4] *** 10.4 km (7:54 / km) +420m 6:34 / km
spiked:7/21c slept:6.0 weight:160lbs shoes: August 2009 Integrators

WOC 2009 Long Qualifier, Miskolc, Hungary at Hollos-Hegeyk. A heat.

No chance in hell of qualifying in this race. And, barring force majeure, I will never make a WOC final, even if I run in another WOC. And that would beg the question of why I would run in another WOC. A question better tackled separately, and certainly later.

But, oddly enough, I am not bitter, dejected, or despondent. Not even resigned, really.

There are some positives to be taken away from my race: it wasn't terrible, and I had a reasonable chance of reaching my (somewhat arbitrary) goal time of 75 minutes. (This goal was calibrated off of a long qualifier winning time of 60 minutes--which it was in my heat.)

It would have required a very good, but not perfect race for me to run 75. A pretty objective assessment of my mistakes yields about 6:30, which puts me roughly there, without running more aggressively--physically or technically--which would have been required for a perfect run. A perfect run might have been a handful of minutes faster. Maybe close to Ross's very good (but not perfect for him) run in his heat.)

The reason I had no chance in hell, or alternative realities, of making the final was that you had to be under 64 minutes to qualify in my final (or within 3:22). My endowments and my capabilities at birth may not have enabled me to get there. And certainly not considering I have misapplied my life from an orienteering perspective until this point.

But, why am I not despondent? Well, for the first time since I've been to WOC, I didn't feel like a complete poseur. Physically, I could run with a lot of guys (for at least a while, and especially uphill.) It was encouraging to be able to stay in contact with Emil for a bit; to run with a German for a couple controls; with Ross from NZ. That is nice.

The problem is this: this terrain was brutally easy. I felt like I was running an orange course. In all honesty, you could prepare for all the technical challenges of this place by running at Iron Hill, French Creek, Valley Forge, and some of the SVO maps. There is nothing new here. There will never be a WOC that is more suited or easier for me technically and physically.

Just thinking of some of the places I have orienteered--WOCs, WCs, or even in the US--orienteering is much harder than this.

I am in pretty good shape this year. Not in the shape I had hoped to be, but probably better than I have been at previous WOCs. As mentioned previously, the past 5 weeks, rather than being a crescendo, were a denouement (apologies for the mixed metaphor). Still, that would have amounted to a ~5% delta in physical capabilities.

My regret is that I will never likely be again in a situation like this when I had minimal (though not non-existent) work constraints. This was my one chance to improve my physical toolkit, and the fact that I didn't is the largest disappointment.

Still, like I said, no chance in hell of making this final. a 10% physical improvement, which is all that would be possible with an unconstrained and focused physical program, would not have done it.

So, about the future: not sure. I never answered feet's question. I still can't. The depressing thing is that I recognize that I had a great opportunity for success this year and I underachieved. I had the best chance ever of hitting my goal time, and didn't.

On the other hand, as sad as this may be, this was by best WOC run by time back and by WRE points. By those measures, all my previous WOC runs were underachievements.

But, is it harder to have a good run at a WOC? Probably a little. The only solution is to do what Patrick has done--make your bad run good enough to qualify. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible for me.

WOC 2009 Long Qual0001

Sunday Aug 16, 2009 #

Run 30:00 [2] 5.0 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

To/from the controls of the long qualifier model and back through the middle model.

Orienteering 20:00 [2] ***
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

Easy run around the controls of the long model that I hadn't visited the day before. The map and terrain really started to make a lot of sense to me. More so and more quickly than any other WOC terrain I have been to. I felt smooth in the woods, and ran a couple legs hard, despite forgetting to tape my ankles.

WOC 2009 Long Qual Model0001

Saturday Aug 15, 2009 #

Orienteering 40:00 [3] *** 4.0 km (10:00 / km) +210m 7:55 / km
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

Middle qualifier model. Orienteered quite well this time. Easy in the woods. Did walk up to the start, which was about a 100 climb over ~300 meters.

With only a regular Band-Aid, a little heel discomfort.

WOC 2009 Middle Qual Model0001

Note

Here is the straighline distance across the mapped terrain here in Hungary: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3099849

It corresponds to this:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3552/3823987850_8c0...

Which is approximately 17.25 miles wide.

Coincidentally, so is this: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3099863

Friday Aug 14, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 15:00 [2]
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

To/from the course with Ross.

Orienteering 41:15 [4] *** 6.0 mi (6:53 / mi) +200m 6:14 / mi
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

Controls 1-4, 8-F on Kisfennsik.

So much better than yesterday. No problems and easy orienteering.

WOC 2009 Long Qual Training

Run 8:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Run to the start with Wyatt.

Orienteering 14:12 [4] **** 2.3 km (6:10 / km) +80m 5:16 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

More good orienteering at Komlosteto. Ran a little harder than I intended.

Only part that was tricky was 9-14.

Heel felt fine during both trainings, but my treatment came off after this training.

WOC 2009 Sprint Training (Komlosteto)

Thursday Aug 13, 2009 #

Note

Balter may not be here, but he is not forgotten.

balter

Run warm up/down 2 [2]
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

To/from the training.

Orienteering 1:00:00 [3] **** 5.7 km (10:32 / km)
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

Deplorable training at Olasz-kapu.

This training did very poorly on the quality to pain in the butt scale. It took forever to get there, we had to pay to get on the death-defying road, and the map had many irregularities, including, I think, geometry ones. Which would be hard to believe. After 10 controls I started to do better, but was no longer engaged.

WOC 2009 Middle Training0001

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No more training today. By the time we got back much of the day was gone.

So was my blister, so just as well.

Used the Band-Aid Activ-Flex on the heel afterward. It would be very comfortable the next day.

Wednesday Aug 12, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 10:00 [2]
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Warmup before some long distance training. To the start.

Orienteering 1:00:00 [3] *** 6.6 km (9:05 / km) +400m 6:59 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

First Hungary training. Bukkszentkereszt.

A lot of contours on this map, with one of the steeper areas in the area on the west side.

Took this at a moderate pace, walking the steeper hills. Orienteering was rather straightforward and the running a lot of fun. So much so, that I ran well past #4. Did controls 1-6, 9, and then most of the way to the finish. On the way to the finish I ran up a hill that I soon noticed was covered with foot-high blackberries. I was tempted to stop, but kept going until the top of the hill, and stopped there.

Unlike French Creek, blackberries there were easy to run through and covered with berries.

WOC 2009 Route Choice Training0001

Run warm up/down 10:00 [2] 1.5 mi (6:40 / mi)
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

To and from the sprint training with Ross.

Run 18:00 [4] **** 2.3 km (7:50 / km) +85m 6:36 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Mudlcaw 330 August 2009

Sprint training at Miskolc-Tapolca. (Cave Baths).

First portion of the course was very tough, not helped by not having controls or stakes out there. Still, I think I did OK. And after 5, I was generally much more confident.

This mapping and terrain will be tricky on the sprint.

Note

Developed a nasty blister from the new Inov-8s on the right heel.

Tuesday Aug 11, 2009 #

Note

Arrived at Miskolc.

Monday Aug 10, 2009 #

Run 30:00 [2]
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Level 8 hills.

Weight training 30:00 [3]

10 minutes machines, 20 minutes circuits, with the one leg thing.

15 pounds on everything. Right hamstring tight going in, so took it easy on squats and lunges.

Sunday Aug 9, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Level 8 hills. Alien Resurection.

Saturday Aug 8, 2009 #

Note

Played golf today at the South Course at Stow Acres. Unfortunately, it didn't conform to this: http://www.stowacres.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp...

The foursome ahead of us was not just bad, they were amazingly inefficient.

Anyway, that is not important. The important thing is my pretty bad play.

My golf seems to be on a long term secular decline. At the end of high school I would shoot in the low 80s and could (on a few occasions) hit 80. My best was a 78.

Then, after college, I could break 90, but would be happy +/- 5.

Today, I am very hard pressed to break 100.

I carded a 104: 56 out and 48 back. Notably, on the front 9, I three putted every hole, except I 4 putted one. On the back, I started putting rather well.

The 8 on the par 5 last hole was ignominious.

Run 30:00 [2]

Level 8 hills, 7mph.

Bike 30:00 [2]

Level 8 hills.

Friday Aug 7, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]

Level 8 hills, 7 mph.

Thursday Aug 6, 2009 #

Run 30:00 [2]
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Level 8 hills, 7mph.

Bike 30:00 [2]

Level 8 hills.

Note

Indeed, an insipid week--even by my standards.

Wednesday Aug 5, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: February 2008 Asics

Level 8 hills, 7mph.

Tuesday Aug 4, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: February 2008 Asics

Level 8 hills, 7mph.

Bike 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: February 2008 Asics

Level 8 hills.

Monday Aug 3, 2009 #

Note

Please comment:

Evolution

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Numbers

Note
(rest day)

I don't need a rest day (physically), and I didn't plan on one, but the day has gotten away from me. And I do need mental rest. So, I guess no training today.

Sunday Aug 2, 2009 #

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Mt. Penn

Note

I have done my share of vituperating on my AP log. I have complained about orienteering concepts, orienteering disciplines, Trail-O, and obliquely people in orienteering. Maybe that is all bad form, but it seemed at least somewhat relevant. I have tried to avoid personal monologues completely unrelated to orienteering, but I've had it. And, since I'm supposed to be thinking about orienteering now, and instead I am incensed, I guess it is somewhat germane.

So, yesterday I spend 7 hours in a bus just to get to NYC. My stupidity, of course, and I afflicted Vadim with that stupidity as he was waiting for me for 3 hours to give me a ride to PA.

Anyway, get to PA a bit after midnight, thanks to Vadim, who even made a sandwich for me. He is awesome.

In the morning, arise to meet with the painter who will extract his several pounds. Unavoidable, really.

Finishing there, I retrieve the Saturn, whose last driver was clearly of much lesser stature than the person who asked to use the Saturn for an emergency in late May. Well, whatever. C'est la vie. It was almost none the worse for wear.

[Go to FC. Run. Comparative bliss.]

Come back, circa 6PM, and no visible sign of who I was looking for. But, a faint rumbling suggested he was reposed.

[Go to Rileys. Have a good time. More bliss.]

Come back and Snow White has arisen. Discuss a few things:

No--he has not done anything, not even posting one of the many flyers we left for him, to try to find a roommate.
Rent will be another week late. It inexorably slips. We are now 5 bloody weeks in arrears.
The good news--the dryer, which I heard through the grapevine was not working well, seems to have corrected itself. Great, I think. I'll wash my laundry. OK. Hmm... strange noises from the washer, but not too bad. Washer done. Clothes completely soaked, unwashed, and a faint acrid smell from the washer. Oh, yes, this has been like this for a while. I see. And you have been putting soaking wet clothes from a clearly broken washing machine into the dryer for several weeks so you can break that too.

I go to bed, now without sheets or pillowcases.

Tomorrow, I get on a bloody Amtrak at 5PM, getting into Boston at 12:55.

Lovely.

Somebody, please tell me why we are enduring this? I have HAD it. Thank you.

Note

I have spent the last 50 minutes standing in line for the silly Amtrak. There have been two mitigants: getting to read the propaganda advocating "incremental" high speed rail development and watching the status board prvide completely useless updates--not contemporaneously, but itself delayed, regarding the minutes behind schedule. I wonder if there are really any sane people who travelled on Amtrak more than I (I have used it a lot) that can relate consistently OK experiences? Needless to say, I am not a fan, but moreover, I think you must be delusional to cite anything about Amtrak as a justifcation or example of intercity rail travel.

Note

Dante lives. The train was cancelled. "Please go to the ticket agent to exchange your ticket for the 6:20 train, the next to New York.

All the sheep sprint from their dutiful queue to another one.

Why, pray tell, must we go through this charade?

Note

This is duch a fecund environment for contemplation of organzational dymanics, sociology, anthropology and comparative economics. The snippets of conversation, the variegated ways to express "getting the shaft."

Note

Leave the appartment @ 1:30 PM Friday for South Station. Arrive in Media the following morning at 12:30 AM.

Arrive at 30th Street at 4:55 PM Sunday. Projected to arrive at Back Bay at 12:55 AM Monday.

During the intervening time I orienteered for 58 minutes. And read the FT, WSJ, National Geographic, the Briar Patch, Plato's Dialogs, and De Tocqueville.

So fine.

Oh--and a conversation with Harvey where we considered the basis of conspiracy theories/theorists and the apprehension of the typical student of relevant epsistmes. I asserted that the conditions Harvey bemoans are the fruits of post-modernism, while he avered that they stem from its failed realization. A worthy argument might have ensued if time had availed. However, his argument was already becoming Balteresque. I was willing to concede that a certain distilled, archetype of pure post-modernism may have carried water, but from a positivistic point of view, that assertion was neither here nor there.

Run warm up/down 10:00 [2]
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Warmup. 10 minutes and I was very sweaty. Legs felt smooth and the noticeable toe pain from yesterday had abated.

Orienteering 58:08 [4] **** 7.15 km (8:08 / km) +270m 6:50 / km
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

DVOA Mt. Penn Pagoda Red.

A very good run. Immediately afterward, I decided it was probably my best of the year.

After some time has passed I have realized that 1) it wasn't that hard, and 2) there were a few problems (but not severe.)

Highlights:
I did two things extremely well: 1) I modulated my pace as appropriate, and 2) I ran in a very fault-tolerant manner.

In general, I maintained a very high (at least perceived effort) the whole way through. Physically, no complaints. But, I did slightly dial up or down as necessary.

More importantly, I think I did a good job maintaining the right level of attachment to the map. There were a number of controls (3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 13) where I would say there was something very noticeably wrong with the map along my route. But, in no case was it more than a passing bother for me. There were also two controls that were misplaced (7 and 10.) 7 you could see (if you looked in the right direction from the right location) and 10 you could almost see from the right location. (7 was really close, just not placed correctly.)

In some situations, these misplaced controls (say at WP this year) would have caused me a big problem. Today, barely a hiccup. I am not sure why. I don't expect technical precision at WP. I didn't expect Mt. Penn to be a perfect map, either. WP was an A event. But, I was very focused on this local event also.

Finally, I maintained very good concentration. For a variety of reasons, I didn't sleep well or much the night before, and there was an issue seething below the surface that I had to keep under. I guess I was able to do that.

One notable problem: on 9, my fault tolerance was apparently not good enough. I didn't have perfect contact as I got over the hill, but down into the white reentrant, I found a lot of barberry and really couldn't make sense of things. I go on some unmapped trail and had all sorts of minor hesitations, etc. It looks like I lost a minute or possibly two on that control. A better route and better execution would have helped a lot.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2508/3784952767_5fc...

Saturday Aug 1, 2009 #

Run 2:00:00 [2]
shoes: Salomon XCR

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