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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Jan 3, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 3:11:00
  Bike4 2:50:00 16.37 26.34
  Weight training2 10:00
  Total6 6:11:00 16.37 26.34

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Saturday Jan 3, 2009 #

(rest day)

A very unintended rest day. With Dasha's family in town, the day was not my own. And then, after gaining freedom at 10PM, I was beguiled by the infernal game Kolya installed on my computer, which I finally purged at 2:30AM, hopefully for good.

The damage was done. My personality is good for some things, such as assiduously doing certain things, but it also makes me especially susceptible to some other snares.

Friday Jan 2, 2009 #


2008 Retrospective:

Total logged training hours
2008: 287
2007: 324
2006: 321

Because I went on a logging hiatus from middle of May through beginning of August (due to injury frustration and a reaction to annoying comments), my 2008 hours are understated. I think 2008 was actually my highest volume total in a while. However, for a variety of reasons, it was not the highest quality year by a long stretch. I will try to be more resilient when confronted by frustration again, at least with respect to logging, because I regret not having this info.


Bike 1:00:00 [2]

This was technically on the 3rd, but since it was before I went to sleep, I am counting it.

Thursday Jan 1, 2009 #


The Dasha lemma (tension, contradiction?)--Easter eggs vs. racers and control presentation. The slower you go the greater the inclination to be challenged by hard/devious controls?

Run 1:00:00 intensity: (3:00 @1) + (35:00 @2) + (15:00 @3) + (7:00 @4)
shoes: 10/2006 Asics

Level 6 hills. Brought up the speed throughout. Good run.

1000 calories.

Weight training 5:00 [3]

2 x biceps and lunges.

Wednesday Dec 31, 2008 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: 10/2006 Asics

Easy level 6 hills.

Tuesday Dec 30, 2008 #

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

Level 6 hills.

Bike 30:00 intensity: (20:00 @2) + (10:00 @3) 9.77 mi (3:04 / mi)

Level 7 hills.

Monday Dec 29, 2008 #


So, before I delve into greater negativity for the crescendo of the 2008 retrospective, I will offer a contrapuntal interlude of positive reflections. Even in an annus horribilis there are bright spots; even in a cyclical bear market there are sucker rallies.

I was healthy for part of this year (seemingly not a lot) and I did some really good orienteering. I also ran some courses (healthy or not) that I enjoyed a lot. These two sets need not intersect, and, in fact, I don't think they do this year.

I will attempt to find 3 top races and 3 favorite races.

Top performaces:
FCE Blue

This wasn't nearly a perfect race, but it was quite good. It was the fastest I have run at FC since 2000 and may be the fastest I have ever run on FCE. (7:18/K is not fast, but that is not a fast map, and it wasn't a fast course.) FCC can be < 6 terrain and FCW (used to be) 6-7 terrain. FCN and FCE are similar.

Why was it good? Simply, one of those races when you don't have physical limitations and just go.

COC Long

TT Long

Honorable mention:
WP Middle

Favorite races (in no order):
HVO/DVOA Dual Event Red

TT Hikory Run Middle (unfortunately occurred during my logging hiatus.)
COC Middle (I am in the minority on this one.)

Honorable mention:
O-Ringen SE Etapp 5 (Love/hate here--this also may be the nadir of my year and recent memory.)
[Explanations forthcoming.]

Bike 1:00:00 [2]
(rest day)

Easy bike. Wanted to go for a long run today but the ab still not up to snuff. I am generally thick headed, and the 200 crunches I did in my last circuit session did not help.

Note--it is possible I did this on Friday when I carried Kolya's very heavy bag on one shoulder. It did cause a bruise on right thigh as well.

Sunday Dec 28, 2008 #


It is almost the end of the year, and I plan to do a retrospective year-end post mortem as seems to be the thing these days. I'll do that in a day or two.

Today I got dropped from the US Team, so I'll tackle that first.

It was a little bit of a surprise, and a little not. I will get around to why I should be dropped from the Team in the retrospective. Here, just why I was surprised.

It looks like I have just been on the Team the past three years, so not so long. The first year, 2006, they selected 20! So, it wasn't so tough then. In 2007 it was 14. A little tougher. In 2008 I think it was just 11, so a lot tougher than 2006. For 2009 it looks like 12, so almost like last year. I started on the B Team, and was on the C Team the last 2 years.

I was surprised because I thought it was USOF rankings-based, but apparently not quite. I was 11th in the USOF rankings, but the 12th and 13th people got selected.

Looking back on things, it seems like my first US Team selection in 2006 was actually more bizarre. Then, I think I may have jumped over people, and Randy, also selected to the Team, did a WR long jump, as far as I can tell. Anyway, I'm not sure there were the same rules then. And, this may be justice for that anomaly.

This time, the rules are "selection is based on A-meet M/F21 performances during the preceding year with preference given to championship events, the Team Trials (during applicable years) and rankings."

I would think A-meet performances and rankings are the same metric?

Setting aside rankings, it must be something else. I did OK-ish in the TT: 7th for the weekend (on the scoring list.) In championships, a mixed bag. It looks like I did 7 championship races? The first set was goodish. There, I was 12, 8, and 3. The second set was terrible. 18, 11, 24 and DNF.

Anyway, this is not supposed to be why I shouldn't make the team, but why I was surprised to have two people jump ahead of me. Kenny could make sense. In head-to-head pairings, he beat me 4 to 2 (I think) including at the TT. That is real solid. However, I beat Nikolai 5 to 2: 3 times at the TT, once at the US Sprint Champs, and at the US Ultra Long. He got me once at the US Sprint Champs and once at the Pig Middle. So, on a relative basis I'm not sure that makes much sense.

Nikolai did not go to the NAs, and I didn't go to the US. So that is something. However, he did rather poorly at the US Champs. His 2 rankings for the 2 days were lower than my three rankings (aside from the DNF) at the NAs. So, that seems like a relative wash. (OK, my DNF sucked, but even with that, I don't know how the relative comparison yields this outcome.)

Now, its possible that the committee uses a complicated algorithm to score people on a binary basis, and therefore my head-to-head hand waving is trumped. I doubt it, but you never know.

Anyway, what is the point of all this? Nothing. That is the way the cookie crumbles, so to speak, and you win some and you lose some. Live by the sword, die by the sword. But, given my analytical proclivities, and that it is the time of the year to do post mortems, this gets the ball rolling.

Run 41:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Bridge loop with Kolya and Dasha.

Bike 20:00 [3] 6.6 mi (3:02 / mi)

Level 9 hills.

Weight training 5:00 [2]

Just some arms and chest while waiting for Kolya who was on the bike.

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