CSU training. A nice exercise by Alex, involving five pretty nice climbs and some nice running at Prospect Park.
I orienteered fine, but did not have contacts. And it was getting dark. Almost done, I was congratulating myself on negotiating the course under those conditions when I nail my right toe on a rock again. God has a way of imposing humility on me.
I think I had been here, one day a long, long time ago. When Boris was little and went to Harvard.
I have been spending a lot of time on orienteering recently, and will be spending a lot more this fall as I will be putting on meets for each of my three clubs.
However, the time I have been spending has not been making me a better orienteer, and in fact, may be getting in the way. My training over the past month is not what I intended in quantity or quality. I've spent a lot of time on this "consulting" project--which may produce some money at least. This money can pay for my speeding tickets and the insurance increase that Brendan informs me I should expect. And, I have been spending a lot of time traveling. I should be doing quality training. Instead, I'm making excuses.
The first thing was PNWOF. A lot of fun, and a good opportunity for some training, but I didn't really take advantage of it. It is hard to train and "race" at the same time. Since then there has been a lot of driving. Last weekend, for instance: 13 hours driving? It was fun and all, but was it worth it? This weekend: no driving, but bus, train, and car back to PA to attend to (ie., sink money into and/or rescue) our redundant car and our redundant house. I suppose I will get to do some orienteering there, too, but will it be constructive?
Even tonight--a fun training, yes, but at least four hours spent: left my place at 5:15, got back after 9:15. The excursion included 70 minutes of training, and a lot of slow traffic, mosquitoes, and waiting for the parking lot attendant to move the car that parked me in (a common occurrence when using my car before 7PM or so.)
Anyway, a lot of complaining, but I had to vent. I'm not looking forward to this weekend, in case you couldn't tell.
I knew z-man ran 68. I thought that would be a very good time that day. It would be tough, but possible to match it. I thought it would be close to a winning time, knowing his skill in this terrain.
I was very impressed by Ross's time. I am pretty sure I have never run that well at HR, with a lot of experience there. As it was, I would say Sergei's run was very good and mine a bit below average. I think 65 would have been attainable for me with a quite clean run.
I should not be orienteering this badly. Not there and not now.