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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Aug 22, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering6 4:24:54 19.57 31.5 152515 /50c30%
  Run6 1:49:00 3.11 5.0
  Map hike1 40:00
  Total6 6:53:54 22.68 36.5 152515 /50c30%
averages - sleep:6 weight:160lbs

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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 #

(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


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


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

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


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

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