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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Aug 26, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 4:10:52 22.88 36.82
  Orienteering1 1:50:00 7.71(14:17) 12.4(8:52) 410
  Total5 6:00:52 30.58 49.22 410

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Saturday Aug 26, 2006 #

(rest day)

Played golf.

Friday Aug 25, 2006 #

Run 45:11 [2] 5.7 mi (7:56 / mi)
shoes: Reeboks

Thursday Aug 24, 2006 #

Run 45:00 [2]
shoes: Old Asics

warmup with Vadim

Run intervals 26:00 [4]
shoes: Old Asics

200 interval relay.

Kind of got messed up when teams dissolved after 6, but Randy and I decided to keep going. But then we got an extra dose of rest, kind of screwing up the workout.

36 116
36 125
35 128
34 128
35 129
33 130
35 106
139 35
102 149
102 146
104 147

Also, supposed to do 12 but somehow only found 10? I was sure I did at least 11... maybe one is embedded?

Wednesday Aug 23, 2006 #

Run 44:11 [2] 5.05 mi (8:45 / mi)
shoes: Reeboks

Real easy run on the hilly route.

Tuesday Aug 22, 2006 #



Run 1:30:30 [3] 12.13 mi (7:28 / mi)
shoes: Adidas


Went further than I've ever gone before on this route.

First 5K in 22:44
Closing 5K in 21:37

Monday Aug 21, 2006 #


An ode to CSU:

So, from time to time, one finds out that their most deeply held convictions might be misplaced or misguided. Yesterday, I made such a discovery.

Some may have suspected I harbored some animosity towards CSU. Animosity is, of course, the wrong word -- my feelings stemmed from a good-natured competitive rivalry. And while I derided their Yankee-like contract practices, I recognized a winner when I saw it. Still, they would have to be second fiddle to DVOA in all important respects.

Unfortunately, I can no longer believe this. Yesterday, I was the beneficiary of unlooked for kindness and magnanimity from CSU, and in particular, their esteemed patriarch PG.

After being abandoned by my DVOA compatriots (team mates, actually) at the KOA in Buena Vista, with no way to get to the airport and, as a result, with the rest of my life likely to be spent panning for fool’s gold and eating cacti, I was up the creek without a paddle so to speak. That is when, from the goodness of their hearts, the CSU crew offered to rescue me. To what end? Nothing but altruism.

During an exceedingly pleasant trip to Denver, I attempted to evaluate likely explanations for why DVOA abandoned me. Carelessness is a possibility. There was evidence of that, of course. But, in the end, I determined the blame lies at the feet of Balter himself. What evil designs did he have? Was this part of his import/export schemes? Was he trying to cause an international incident, or merely extricate himself from his Jukola commitment? I don't know, but I do know that CSU, and even Swampfox for that matter, would not exhibit such perfidy.

Sunday Aug 20, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:50:00 [3] **** 12.4 km (8:52 / km) +410m 7:37 / km
shoes: New VJ Spikes

US Champs Day 2. A terrible race technically.
On the plus side, I swear this will be the last time I run blue at an A meet in Tahoe, CO, or WY.


Out of curiosity, I did a quick check of my placings (not anything more sophisticated) from this year's 1000 day, to last year's, and the year before. I think I am in better shape than 2004, but the results are pretty much the same (bad).

Couldn't find any earlier results.

Also looked at 1999 US Champs. Again, place-wise, right in the middle (20/40). Immediately before and after I had very good races locally. It was one of my better years.

I'm not going to dwell on this too much, but there may be a mental factor involved. I know that when I wore my HRM last year (didn't this year) my races were at noticeably lower AHR. Perhaps I subjectively think I am working at highest intensity (based on breathing) but am not in other respects.

On the other hand, the phenomenon of only feeling energetic for 20 minutes in every race is still curious.

** another adendum
Got the results from JJ for 1997. Again, I sucked.

I didn't do % back calculations, but the placing was similiar -- or actually worse. Then I placed below halfway.

I know I was in pretty good shape in 1997. That was when I got my only US M21 Champs medal. Also, before and after CO, I was soundly beating guys like Mihai and Ed White in PA.

Conclusion? I don't know, but the evidence is pretty homogenous. ArghH!!!

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