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Training Log Archive: Nadim

In the 7 days ending Aug 3, 2005:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking3 6:50:00 14.23(28:48) 22.91(17:54) 648
  Bicycling1 1:21:45 22.09(3:42) 35.55(2:18)
  Orienteering1 1:00:25 6.42(9:24) 10.34(5:51) 24021 /24c87%
  Running3 42:55 5.32(8:04) 8.56(5:01)
  Total7 9:55:05 48.07(12:23) 77.36(7:42) 88821 /24c87%
averages - sleep:6.7 weight:168.2lbs

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Wednesday Aug 3, 2005 #

Running warm up/down (Warm-up) 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)

Badger Gulch, CO (west of Lake George). Warm-up to the start and looping until my turn.

Orienteering race (Sprint) 16:24 [4] *** 2.72 km (6:02 / km) +60m 5:26 / km

Colorado 5-Day: Prologue (Attack Badger Sprint). The first control was streamered. There were 30 second start intervals. I caught people at the first two controls, set a bad bearing for #3 but recovered quickly, and kept catching and passing. I definately enjoyed the open terrain and felt I navigated decently. I caught Fritz at the end. He spurred me to push which gave me the seconds needed to place well--somewhere around 14th or 15th. I was out of breath most of the time. I guess the altitude is around 8,000 ft.

Running warm up/down (Warm-up) 5:20 [2] 0.8 km (6:40 / km)

Warm-up at Badger Gulch, CO for The Chase. I started the warm-up too early then after being informed the starts were at 12:30 plus the time from the Prologue, I sat around for 15 more minutes.

Orienteering race (Forest) 44:01 [4] *** 7.62 km (5:47 / km) +180m 5:10 / km

Colorado 5-Day: The Chase. Mark Voit won the Prologue so he started over 2 minutes ahead of me with many others following (Magnusen was second, Mook was 5th, Eddie B. had made a few errors and was only two ahead of me followed by Tom Carr, myself and J. Brautigam whom I had edged out by a second). Most took it easy saving the hard running for the cummulative racing which starts tommorow. I felt better than I did earlier in the morning so I ran a normal pace. It was a confidence builder for me with being able to run at altitude and navigate in the terrain. I passed a lot of people early including Tom Carr, Wyatt R., and Eddie B. Eddie could hold back no longer and cruised ahead to ultimately place 3rd. I trailed a pack of people many of whom I didn't recognize but it included Ross Smith and Robbie Paddock. They were taking it easy although Ross got out of breath going up some climbs and took to walking. Robbie helped untangle me from a barbed wire fence crossing. I navigated okay except going to #7 where I left the pack climbing a ridge needlessly for a shorter route. At #13, I like many others climbed to the ridge and cut right when I should have kept straight--I had stopped reading the map but a quick glance let me recover fast. Robbie got ahead there and tried to close going into the finish but he heard me coming and put on the jets just as I was running out of gas. I think I finished 10th. Mark Voit lost to Magnusen by 3 seconds. Mook took it easy.

Tuesday Aug 2, 2005 #

Hiking (Trail) 2:08:00 [2] 4.2 mi (30:29 / mi) +200m 26:33 / mi

Curicanti National Recreation Area, Colorado. Peggy and I hiked from the parking area off Rte. 50 near the bridge over Blue Mesa Reservoir, up the Dilon Pinnacles Trail. The easy trail climbed slowly from the lake up to a spur (~7,700 ft.) below the pegmatite spires for excellent views. Following it west we reached the end loop and then scrambled up to the rocks for a proper perspective of Peggy and the pegmatites. I scrambled up the scree between the spires and could see a way up above them. I wanted to go up but I turned back. The area reminded me of the hoodoo's in Utah.

Monday Aug 1, 2005 #

Hiking (Trail) 3:06:00 [2] 7.5 mi (24:48 / mi) +250m 22:28 / mi

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO. From the North Rim Ranger Station, North Vista Trail to Exclamation Point, to Green Mountain Summit, back to Exclamation Point, and some side trails. The views were exclamatory as the name implies. Clear views of rock cliffs dropping almost vertically ~2,000 ft. to the Gunnison River were augmented by the surrounding mountains. The top of Green Mountain (8,563ft.) wasn't much but it did put the canyon in perspective and allowed a view on end. Temperatures were comfortably in the 70's and 80's F--we heard Denver was to be 96F. Peggy and I skipped the also aptly named SOB trail which doesn't show-up on the maps; it climbs/drops 1,800ft. in a mile with some rock scrambles to/from the river.

Hiking (Mountain) 15:00 [2] 0.7 km (21:26 / km)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We scampered around on the south rim overlook hikes after driving the +80 miles around (only 1/4 mile from the North Rim as the crow flies). Sunset View was a great place even around 6:45pm. At Rock Point lightning and showers threatened.

Sunday Jul 31, 2005 #

Hiking (Sand) 1:21:00 [2] 2.1 mi (38:34 / mi) +198m 29:50 / mi

Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO. From the Medano Creek parking area, Peggy and I made our way up to High Dune (~8,600 ft) and back. We curved our way up counter-clockwise trying to find the fewest ups and downs. We started after noon and expected it to be hot but a nice breeze kept us cool most of the way. Occasionally as sand filled our shoes my toes felt it (surface temperature can get to 140F). The climbs weren't bad except for a few steep parts where soft sand would slide back half a step for every one forward. Quick steps could help from losing too much. It took 54 minutes to the top with a few stops. Going down we bounded in huge steep steps onto soft sands on a route back. We were careful to avoid Ted Good's experience from 2 years back where he suddenly hit hard packed sand on the way down and wrenched his back. The sandy Medano Creek cooled our hot toes at the end.

Saturday Jul 30, 2005 #

Running (Street & Trail) 15:07 [3] 2.2 mi (6:52 / mi)
slept:3.0 weight:169lbs

After traveling all day to get to Alamosa, CO, I felt the urge to run in the cool night and also see how the altitude felt. I think it's around 6,000ft.above sea level and I felt good on the flat ground. I went from Rte. 160 east of Rte. 17, to Rte. 17, northward to somewhere past both Curtis Dr. and a sign for a Vetinary place, then back. Running in the dark on the shoulder was a bit odd in the unfamiliar surroundings. I couldn't see my feet nor much else with few houses or street lights near. However, I could recall the feel of the landscape from biking through here almost to the week around 1996 when I did the Ride the Rockies. A cool thing that I did see was all of Scorpio and Sagaterius popping out of the sky in front of me even when cars passed going the other way.

Friday Jul 29, 2005 #

Running (Street & Trail) 12:28 [4] 2.0 mi (6:14 / mi)
slept:5.5 weight:167.5lbs

A few minutes before midnight, listening to the Close to Me--The Cure and reading AttackPoint I got inspired to go for a run. It seemed like it had been a long time since I ran last and my legs have had a dull ache for a few days. I wasn't sure what to expect and wanted the run to loosen me up. I used to do late runs like this all the time as a short workout instead of just situps. The hills in the area, heat and generally not being in very good shape had me avoiding it. The ground felt good under foot tonight and I cruised over the hills with much less effort. I'm sure this is from the cycling. The cooler 73F air was balanced by the 90% humidity. Two Mile Loop: from Rosedale Ave., Tilsbury St., Sleaford Rd., Kentbury Dr., Chestnut St., N. Chelsea Ln. and Maryland Ave to Rosedale Ave.

Thursday Jul 28, 2005 #

Bicycling (Commute) 39:21 [3] 11.59 mi (3:24 / mi)
slept:6.0 weight:168lbs

From Rosedale Ave., Bethesda, MD to C St. SW, Washington, D.C. I struggled to turnover the pedals faster yet wasn't going very fast. Perhaps the headwind is to blame. It was much cooler out.

Bicycling (Commute) 42:24 [3] 10.5 mi (4:02 / mi)

From C St. SW, Washington D.C. to Rosedale Ave., Bethesda, MD. I left my cycle computer in the office so I timed by my watch. I felt stronger on the hills than the flats. Perhaps it was warming-up. The cooler weather was much appreciated. I saw Pat Zerfas heading the other way on the bridge at the water treatment plant--she was in the zone.

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