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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Jan 9, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 3:47:00
  Bike2 1:30:00 18.5 29.77
  Total7 5:17:00 18.5 29.77

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Saturday Jan 9, 2010 #


Of course--just stuff the verbose lm output into the concatenate function and it will chew through it nicely. Almost there...

Run 1:17:00 intensity: (37:00 @2) + (35:00 @3) + (5:00 @4)
shoes: Inov-8 Musdclaw 340 O+

The Fells with the CSU boys. A very productive run with respect to new mutant powers, bombastic cinema, and sartorial innovation.


It is so easy now.



First this. Sublime. And then this. Exquisite.

Upon leaving, circa 8:30PM, there was a line of people waiting outside to get in. It was ~20 degrees at that point. I'm not sure why they were doing that. Oh, to be young and hip.


R and UltraEdit. Yum!

Friday Jan 8, 2010 #

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

Introduction to the Enlightenment. More Kors at 2x. Plus some Killers radio on Pandora. Nice.


Finished figuring out the syntax and command line manipulations to do the analysis I've been fiddling with in R (save, perhaps, extracting some info from the lm "object.") Now, I need to wrap this stuff in some sort of function(s)/program, which is the easy part.

Thursday Jan 7, 2010 #

Bike 30:00 [2]


I accidentally discovered how to play mp3s at 2x speed on the iPod (something I recall Ian enthusing about.)

So, I tried it, and it was great. Kors was so much better at twice the speed.

Wednesday Jan 6, 2010 #

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

Tuesday Jan 5, 2010 #


Those Aussies are a bit worked up, aren't they?

I'd like to egg them on, but that would be j-man version 2009.


I wonder what Putnam would say about HF replicators? I personally think they are nonsensical (though I won't make a value judgment about them.) The thing is--what does it mean to replicate something that you can't define? Well, I'll admit, there are lots of ways around that, but that isn't really important.

Anyway, I think this is one of the more philosophically interesting areas of finance.

A rose is a rose by any other name, as they say.

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

Dasha allowed us to go to the gym before bowling.

Pascal, which wasn't very good at all.


CSU Bowling night. Great fun.

Bowling is a confounding activity. It should be easier than golf. In both cases, you do something to a ball that you have complete control over. But, with bowling, all other conditions are uniform. Granted, at the margins, due to dust, micro alignments, wind, etc., the conditions may vary, but that is the world we live in. But, at a cruder level, why is it so hard to throw a ball such that it hits the same pin every time? It shouldn't be.

I think practice has to make a big impact in this game.

Despite my best efforts, Ian crushed me.

Monday Jan 4, 2010 #


OK, time for the recapitulation of 2009.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." and you can keep going, as much more of that quotation is applicable.

One salient feature about 2009. It was a lot of orienteering, across multiple dimensions and probably (OK, definitely) too much across some.

It was a good training year. 458 hours: by far, my most logged, and my most training, logged or not, since college. Over 100 of orienteering, on 97 sessions (big thanks to Ken for making these recaps stupid easy.) There was also some quality training in the fall, and I got faster. Now, I am in a trench.

The other salient thing about this year is that I spent 75% without a full-time job, although that 75% was, for better or worse, not devoid of work, just devoid of much pay.

But, in any case, orienteering could fill that void, and it did in some good and some not so good ways. The good ways was the training. I got to do some good long runs, and my conditioning was very good throughout most of the year. I enjoy being in shape, and it wasn't a problem this year.

It also gave me a good platform to stave off injury/illness, which I sort of did, although I managed to repeatedly tweak my COC-destroyed ankle. With the blows it had taken earlier in life, I wonder if it is too far gone for full recovery?

Anyway, it also gave me a chance to orienteer. And so I did. I had 30 ranked A meet days in 2009 (almost twice as much as any other blue guy, and even more than Cristina.) I attended a lot of sprints (enough that I won the SS, although that didn't seem to mean anything and I am not going to endeavor to do that again.)

My results were erratic, as they always are, but my ~91 score is probably about right. Technically, I think I got off to a good start in the spring (the same way I get off to a good start when I don't play golf for a while--practice actually makes me worse.) So, better practice is required, and I have some thoughts about that, but that's for later.

From a competitive point of view (individual races) there were some good things. US Relays, TT Long, Highlander, a few DVOA races.

From a set point of view--I fumbled my way onto the WOC team due to some key people who declined. I would have been happy enough with my TT performance, but my sprint was ridiculously bad, and I still haven't gotten over that. I will say I wasn't mentally calibrated going in. Anyway...

WOC was decent. My long race was OK from a physical perspective, but with just some stupid flow/execution problems. The sprint was bad, and sort of dispiriting. I could have been better technically--much better flow and micro route choices--but not too, too much. I wonder now if I am better at forest vs city sprints? Anyway... I liked WOC a lot, but that terrain was made for me, and I should have done better when given an opportunity.

I won the DVOA rankings race, which I was happy about, and have sort of satisfied my quest there. So, that brings me to goal setting, which needs to be fleshed out in other fora and/or posts.

Honestly, I have just one goal at this point. I need to have a job; something for intellectual succor. Otherwise, I will not have the psychological vigour to train right, nor the ability to focus appropriately. I cannot set out performance or racing goals until I get my life in order. Unfortunately, I don't know how long that will take.

But, in terms of other orienteering commitments, and to recap that dimension from 2009... in 2010, I am doing far less.

I will help at the US Team/WCOC fundraiser; I will help Brendan with a CSU training camp (because they had the chutzpah to sign me up for that without my consent); I will do the DVOA HR camp; I will set the Sprint A meet courses for the DVOA A meet; and I will write periodic columns for the DVOA newsletter. Oh, and my one remaining USOF committee, which should be dormant for a while. That is it! Nothing else! NO! I will do a little for each of my clubs and the Team in this way. And it already seems like too much.

Somehow, I felt buried under orienteering in 2009. CSU A meet, trainings, local events; WCOC local event; DVOA training, writing, event, and day of event volunteering; Team fundraisers of various stripes and the training camp; USOF committees and stuff/discussions with ED. It wasn't fun at the end, and quality slipped (CSU local event) and I also was getting too wound up in orienteering and posted some stupid things. A little less stuff flying around would be well advised, I think.

So, that is it for this installment.

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 18.5 mi (3:15 / mi)

Level 8 hills.

More from The Wealth of Nations...


Donna did more research, sparing me:

Apparently the Trysons were right behind me with 26 races each.

Others are:

Rosemary Johnson
Greg Balter

Bob Bullions
Charlie DeWeese
Rob Wilkison

The benefits of my indolence, I suppose.

Sunday Jan 3, 2010 #

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

Level 8 hills.

It must be the new year--the gym was crowded.

Hobbes and Spinoza.

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