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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 31 days ending Dec 31, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run9 9:14:00
  Orienteering2 5:20:43 34.47(9:18) 55.48(5:47) 1050
  classic ski2 4:30:00
  Rowing Machine7 4:20:00 8.36 13.45
  skate skiing1 2:30:00
  Bike2 2:00:00 39.14(3:04) 62.99(1:54)
  Plyometrics1 20:00
  Map hike1 20:00
  Total23 28:34:43 81.97 131.92 1050
  [1-5]22 28:14:43

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Thursday Dec 31, 2009 #


Watched Alien vs. Predator. What can I say? The movie industry sure is a funny business.

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 20.14 mi (2:59 / mi)

Level 8 hills.

Finished my two Standards, Ethics, and Regulatory (SER) credits for 2009 by listening to "Investors’ Working Group: The Investor’s Perspective on Financial Regulatory Reform." The title might suggest it is really bad, but it really was. In contrast, "Fair Value Accounting: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?" was not bad at all.

I was particularly unimpressed by Bill Donaldson. Such a great reputation, but in this Q&A he just came across as a blustering fuddy-duddy, BSing his way around questions (which seemed to emanate entirely from journalists.)

Wednesday Dec 30, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Level 8 hills.

Galileo (which also discusses Kepler and Copernicus and Brahe, to a lesser extent) and Bacon. I think these were given by Alan Kors. I never had the occasion to have him while at Penn, but whoever this guy on these lectures is, he has an excruciating voice (IMHO.)

Tuesday Dec 29, 2009 #


We went to Avatar tonight. It was great. I'm not sure it met my original expectations, which may have had transmuted into something unreasonable over the years of anticipation. But, as reality sets in, as it inevitably does, and fantasy gives way to reality (or a fantasy reality) my expectations had come into line. And early previews were not encouraging.

However, over recent months and weeks my hopes were rekindled, and much like futures tend to converge to the underlying spot as their maturity approaches, my expectations converged to something close to what this movie delivered.

It has some weaknesses, but the overall product is inspiring.

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 19.0 mi (3:09 / mi)

Level 8 hills. Wanted to run, but too close to dinner.

Instead, tried the Kindle on the bike for the first time. It worked exactly as I had anticipated--quite well. What I couldn't have anticipated was how it snugly fits into the nook on the apparatus, making it even more secure than its center of mass and shape would otherwise.

I made some progress on the Wealth of Nations. And I continue to be so struck by the divergence between the perspicaciousness of this work and the tripe from guys like NNT, Krugman, Levitt, and much lesser lights like Buchanan, etc. While it is not entirely their fault, as the stars shine much brighter far from the city lights, I can't stomach a stew of drivel and haughtiness.

And my one thought for the night--is my life enriched by being able to consume knowledge with such comparative ease compared to my forebears who read by tallow candles and wrote with... whatever? Or similarly, are today's athletes (say Phelps and Woods) so much better than their predecessors, owing to... whatever? I really do have (epicurean) Luddite sensibilities. OK, off to the iPod, which will sync itself to my other Kindle. Bless it.

Monday Dec 28, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Level 8 hills.

Finished lectures on Thomas Moore and Erasmus. Given my prevailing sensibilities, I felt a strong affinity for both, but especially the latter.

A bit, but not a lot of training over the past week to back-fill.

Thursday Dec 24, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 intensity: (10:00 @1) + (20:00 @2) + (20:00 @3) + (10:00 @4)
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 2 2009


Tuesday Dec 22, 2009 #

Rowing Machine 30:00 [3]

Monday Dec 21, 2009 #

Rowing Machine 30:00 [3]

Saturday Dec 19, 2009 #

Rowing Machine 30:00 [3]

Varied the pace, but it averaged to level 3 intensity. spms in the mid 20s generally.

Thursday Dec 17, 2009 #

11 AM

skate skiing 2:30:00 [3]

Wednesday Dec 16, 2009 #

11 AM

classic ski 2:30:00 intensity: (2:00:00 @2) + (10:00 @3) + (20:00 @4)

Tuesday Dec 15, 2009 #

classic ski 2:00:00 intensity: (1:30:00 @2) + (20:00 @3) + (10:00 @4)

Monday Dec 14, 2009 #

Plyometrics 20:00 [0]

Ice skating. Not really plyometrics, but don't want to add this as an activity.

Saturday Dec 12, 2009 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 4:26:56 [3] *** 30.0 mi (8:54 / mi) +850m 8:11 / mi
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 2 2009

Fair Hill Orienteering Marathon.

Thursday Dec 10, 2009 #

8 PM

Rowing Machine 30:00 [2]

More taper.

Wednesday Dec 9, 2009 #

8 PM

Rowing Machine 40:00 [3]

Taper row.

Tuesday Dec 8, 2009 #

7 PM

Run 59:00 intensity: (39:00 @2) + (20:00 @3)
shoes: GoLite Versa Lite

TNT. Ran with Tom, but we didn't quite go to the bridge. Which was fine with both of us.

Monday Dec 7, 2009 #

Run 1:30:00 intensity: (45:00 @2) + (45:00 @3)

Joy, Misery, Fatlands, to Joy. The Misery section was just beautiful--winter wonderland-like. I felt like crap, especially for the first 30 minutes. A little better then...

I really have not felt good running in the hips and butt since the SS Finals. Not happy with that.

Also, the time seems slower than when I did this route last time, although today I had a real watch, vs. an approximation last time. I doubt I was much slower. I did feel worse.

Sunday Dec 6, 2009 #

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

It was cold, and I didn't do as much warm-up as I should have.

Orienteering race 53:47 [4] *** 7.2 km (7:28 / km) +200m 6:34 / km
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

DVOA Camp Horseshoe red. The last club event of the year, and I planned to have a good one.

It wasn't a great effort, but it had its moments. I hosed the first control, and it didn't help that the control, stand, and everything were tossed by some miscreants--who must have been the two twerps I saw just after leaving the control. Wow, they are lucky that it took me a little while to put 2 and 2 together, because I was pissed.

Anyway, focused pretty well, and towards the middle of the course, I really got the flow going. Some bobbles, but they were mostly accommodative in nature--i.e., I was erring on the safe side of some route choices.

Anyway, I kept trying to calculate the score impact from the first bobble, conditional on my current speed/efficiency on the rest of the course, as I was going. I decided that I had ceded at most 5% due to the mistake. Fine.

Well, I managed to hose the finish, too. No idea how--well, it was a tough climb with orienteering required. Lost probably another minute there. Oh well, the 49 minutes that I thought I could do were there for the taking.

Map hike 20:00 [1]
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

Picked up 4 controls. Almost all walking.


And with this effort, I locked up the DVOA men's championship. Wyatt's "goading" itself didn't entice me to show up, although it helped (I was planning to do anyway, but especially if Wyatt had planned to come.) Like Wyatt, I calculated (to a first approximation) the scoring matrix that would allow him to overtake me. I didn't calculate numeric probabilities (because the interaction effect is hard to model) but I eyeballed the probabilities, and they were small. Still, I give big props to him for fighting until the end, and putting up a very nice performance.

The DVOA Championship is my most important orienteering goal, and I am very happy to have achieved it. Not to be pompous, but given the training I did this year, I would have been surprised had I not won it. But, nothing is a given. Still, if you train, you can expect certain things.

But, whether or not you train, you get old. I am most happy that this year, with my 9th club championship, I moved ahead of Eric for first on the all time list. Now, obviously I have not and will not approach his level of excellence. On the other hand, I am not quite done; whereas, at this point in his career, he was just about done.

So, we'll see what else I can do. I am glad Wyatt is such a consistent opponent. I am glad Zhyk (who really didn't contest this year, with only a handful of races) has so much talent. I am glad GregA has so much enthusiasm. I am glad that others are about to make winning this harder. And that is why I am really glad I got #9 before I am to decrepit to compete. You never know when your best just isn't good enough any more...

Saturday Dec 5, 2009 #


Northampton Hot Chocolate Run

Rowing Machine 1:00:00 intensity: (40:00 @2) + (20:00 @3) 13.45 km (4:28 / km)

Wanted to go running, the the large, wet snowflakes would have quickly soaked me and I didn't want to be cold and wet.

13,542 meters. Felt decent--smooth and strong. Worked a little harder at the end.

spms probably around 21 for the hour.

Friday Dec 4, 2009 #

Rowing Machine 40:00 intensity: (17:00 @2) + (20:00 @3) + (3:00 @4)

After the fundraiser for Arlen Specter, I was able to get some rowing in. (The irony of me attending a "fundraiser," for Specter no less, was not lost on me.)

Pulled harder than usual, knowing that I would be going for less time today.

Thursday Dec 3, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 intensity: (50:00 @2) + (10:00 @3)
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Same treadmill. Halfway through, it started making new noises.

Between 1% and 7%, but faster than yesterday, especially last 10 minutes.

Wednesday Dec 2, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 intensity: (48:00 @2) + (12:00 @3)
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

On the treadmill at the hotel. Luckily, no one else was in the "gym" or it would have been too cozy.

I didn't destroy the treadmill, but it wasn't feeling robust.

Slow speed, but kept it between 3.5% and 9.5% slope.

Tuesday Dec 1, 2009 #

Run 1:30:00 [2]
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Level 8 hills.

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