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Training Log Archive: Samantha

In the 7 days ending Oct 21, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering7 4:39:30 9.43 15.18 196
  trail run4 1:00:00 4.5 7.24
  road&trail run1 48:00 4.65(10:19) 7.48(6:25) 97
  Total8 6:27:30 18.58 29.9 293

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Sunday Oct 21, 2012 #

7 AM

Orienteering 13:42 [4]

NAOC Sprint.

This felt shaky the whole way. I think this was the feeling that many people had. Lots of changing from buildings, to trails, to woods. Certainly kept you on your toes. Kept on feeling like I was just a bit behind in the beginning and not choosing good routes. After a bit of a fail of route choosing to 5 (I did a combination of straight and around...), I really focused on knowing where I was going.

10 was my biggest mistake, and it felt a lot worse than it shows in the results. I went to the trail to the right, found it, ran over the hill... and then it was going the wrong way when I looked at my compass. Came to an intersection with another trail and a control, but couldn't quite decide what I had done. I thought I was right, but...? Stood for a bit, before deciding just to run on my compass, and if I hit the field I would just turn back around. Also noticed that I was in a low area, and maybe that was the low area before the control... Now looks like I was probably doing everything right, but maybe just looked at my compass when I was running on a small bend in the trail? Anyway, followed my compass right to the control. Felt a bit lucky!

Punching the last spectator control I thought I heard that I was just ahead of Ali, but I couldn't be sure. Ran hard in the last loop and caught up to Cristina. Took a fantastic face plant out of the swamp to the second to last control, during which the cheers from the crowd changed from "Yeahhhh!" to "ohhh!" Luckily, Cristina helped diffuse the embarrassment by property face planting right after I did. Actually lost time running to the last control, as the face plant occupied the time when I would have been looking ahead, and I tried to run into the volleyball net. Had to make an ungraceful and fast turn to get around it.

Quite happy to get a gold for NA. I wasn't sure what it was going to be like, racing this weekend, but I'm really quite happy with how it turned out. Much better than anticipated.

trail run 15:00 [2] 1.5 mi (10:00 / mi)

Warm up on the map, partially with Cristina.
11 AM

Orienteering 16:21 [3] 2.5 km (6:32 / km)

NAOC Relay. Leg 2. Was a bit nervous going into it, even though I had a feeling that our team was quite strong. Made a slight mistake to 2, hitting the cliffs, but thinking they were the end and standing there a bit dumbfounded for a bit. Then realized that the vegetation was obscuring the other cliffs further down. Didn't plan a good route to 6, and ended up climbing the hill. It did give me a good attack off the corner of the trail. Then, planned carefully to 8, so as not to miss and into the finish! Again, not feeling too smooth, but still going fine. Certainly a bit tired from the morning.

trail run 15:00 [2]

Many, many laps in the small quarantine area.

Saturday Oct 20, 2012 #

12 PM

Orienteering 1:10:50 [3] 8.8 km (8:03 / km)

NAOC Long. Overall pretty clean, with my mistakes occurring early on. About a minute on the first control. Very confused with the streams, as I crossed in a different spot than I thought. Damage minimized. Then again on 3, I was on track, but thought I was looking for the tiny formline reentrant and I inverted the contours. Ran so close to the control, and then bailed back to the top of the hill, reaffirmed where I was, and then was able to make sense of it all. About another minute 20 lost there.

After that it was good. I like the route I picked to 10, although I did hesitate in the middle of it, as I almost lost my way. Probably about another 45 seconds there. Then was slow climbing out of 12 and deciding a route (plus I took a gel), and Ali caught me there. Behind her on the way to 13, but then realized that Louise wasn't far behind us. That lit a fire in me and I stayed ahead of Ali from 14 to the finish (although only a few steps ahead!). Where was that speed and confidence for the rest of the race?

trail run 15:00 [2] 1.5 mi (10:00 / mi)

Warm up. A bit on the map. Cliffs are tiny.

Friday Oct 19, 2012 #

12 PM

Orienteering 34:40 [3]

North Americans Middle Distance. Took what I've learned from my recent races in Sweden and took my time, stopping when I felt unsure. This led to a chopping feeling, but also meant that I didn't really miss any controls. Started out and was worried about the first control, as it was just going along a bland hillside. Was too high and hit the control in the white woods above. Figured I must be there and ran down.

That was a shaky beginning, but things went ok after that. I don't really enjoy orienteering this way - lots of stop and go, but it worked to find the controls with minimal damage done. Maybe I can keep doing this but slowly get faster....

Third overall, second North American, about 20 seconds behind Ali and 2 minutes behind Emma Johansson.

trail run 15:00 [1] 1.5 mi (10:00 / mi)

Warm up. A bit on the map, and a bit getting lost with Cristina :)

Thursday Oct 18, 2012 #

Orienteering 40:00 [2]

Out on the model. A bit silly on my compass at times. Must watch that during the racing.

Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 #

Orienteering 51:00 [2]

Some birthday orienteering training in the Blue Hills. Ross and I did a memory exercise and Dad ran the course on his own.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012 #

3 PM

Orienteering 52:57 [2] 2.41 mi (21:58 / mi) +196m 17:32 / mi

Went to Prospect Hill and did some memory/o with Dad.

Monday Oct 15, 2012 #

2 PM

road&trail run 48:00 [2] 4.65 mi (10:19 / mi) +97m 9:42 / mi

Run with the family and Ross. Did one hard run up Westfield.

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