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Training Log Archive: iansmith

In the 7 days ending Aug 28, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Running4 3:39:10 25.01(8:46) 40.25(5:27) 150113.8
  Climbing1 45:0022.5
  Total5 4:24:10 25.01 40.25 150136.3

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Saturday Aug 27, 2016 #

10 PM

Running 37:38 [1] 7.1 km (5:18 / km) +42m 5:09 / km
shoes: 201003 Nike Lunarlite

Calves felt stiff.

Friday Aug 26, 2016 #

10 PM

Running 30:38 [1] 5.62 km (5:27 / km) +4m 5:26 / km
shoes: 201505 Inov-8 Flite 230

Running race 11:06 [5] 3.0 km (3:42 / km)
shoes: 201505 Inov-8 Flite 230

Disappointing, but it's good to know this is where I am at. I didn't feel great before starting this - a bit tired, lackluster energy - so it's possible I can go a shade faster. Made it through 1600m in about 5:44, then fell off the pace. I plan to run these every 2-3 weeks or so.

Running 25:06 [1] 3.79 km (6:37 / km) +28m 6:23 / km
shoes: 201505 Inov-8 Flite 230

Thursday Aug 25, 2016 #

(rest day)

While admittedly this video advertisement for Tough Mudder is 4 years old, it has 7.5 million views. Spartan Race trailer, with a similar 3.7 million views. Both of these (successful) obstacle course/endurance franchises are somewhat successful - 2 million Tough Mudder participants as of 2015, and 272,000 Spartan finishers in 2014. Both seem to use hyperbolic marketing - e.g. "possibly the toughest event on the planet", and both seem to draw grandiose inspiration about how finishing a race will change your life and motivate you to greater ends.

I find most of this rhetoric hilarious - is a rope climb really a "world class obstacle" compared with, say, running up Surebridge? - but the ideas behind them certainly resonate. I see Rundle as a challenge against which I want to test myself.

But the broader question: can orienteering appeal to a broader audience? I don't know that we need to market ourselves as some x-treme activity that demonstrates to all your social media friends how badass you are, but when people think of orienteering, they seem to often imagine boy scouts standing with a compass taking bearings. As opposed to this wicked cool video about orienteering made by Puresive films, "Go Hard or Go Home" featuring the Hubmanns:

These are also neat videos, from Oringen 2016 and 2014 (bahaha Jonas Leanderson fixing his hair). The challenge is to get non-orienteers to see this material. I think the short video - maybe 30s-2m - is one approach; it can be embedded on social media, maybe even used as commercials. Static pictures can also be impressive if done well; I'm not sure really.

To make it more concrete, what could we do for $50,000? Ideas:
1. Hire Puresive Films or some equivalent to take enough video footage in Harriman (e.g.) or at an event with suitable fast, photogenic people to make a few ads. Market these videos and materials heavily.

2. Concerted ad campaign - these short videos, posters of people bashing through the woods (or something), inspirational messages about conquering your fears or whatever. Seriously, who would pay $90 to jump through mud and hop over slightly burning wood when you could run around in Pawtuckaway or Harriman?

3. Accessibility: people need to have events to go to. Billygoat, Highlander, Traverse, national meets are all amazing, but they're relatively difficult for total neophytes to access. There is, however, this neat format of the urban sprint or city race (London, Venice) that is extremely accessible and doesn't require much special training. The Spartan races have 4 distances - 3 mile, 8 mile, 13 mile, and 26 mile, and the finishers were inversely correlated to distance. In 2014, 65% of the finishes were on sprints. Imagine a national series of city races and sprint festivals all around the country. It's a short jump from sprint to park to forest.

Wednesday Aug 24, 2016 #

Climbing 45:00 [3]

Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders with bgallup. I climbed three autobelay pitches before Ben arrived, then probably did 8-10 with him. I sent my first 5.9! It was a glorious little overhang. Admittedly, gym difficulty notations are a bit arbitrary, but it was still a fun moment. Later, after poking around on a 5.10b that Ben did, my forearms were so spent that I completely whiffed on a 5.7. The 10b had some slopers that really wore out my grippy muscles. Fun times.

Today's official climbing word (from wikiP, so who knows):
Sloper - A sloping hold with very little positive surface. A sloper is comparable to palming a basketball.

Unofficial: schiessegrippen - The intense feeling of disappointment when finding a difficult crux after a jug or good handhold.

Tuesday Aug 23, 2016 #

6 PM

Running 18:52 [1] 3.67 km (5:08 / km)
shoes: 201505 Inov-8 Flite 230

Run to track workout. Uneventful.

Running 37:15 [5] 7.65 km (4:52 / km) +1m 4:52 / km
shoes: 201505 Inov-8 Flite 230

Track workout! Many of the usual suspects were in attendance - Patrick, Amore, Kevin, and Terry. I just missed drills, but I hopped on board for the last bit of strides. The workout tonight was 3x(1200, 600), with a 1 minute break between 1200 and 600 and 2 minutes between sets. I hung on to the group for the 1200s, but I would fall behind on the 600s. I decided to skip the last 600 because the wheels were falling off. We finished with 2x200, which is always fun.

My calves were a bit tight, and I felt a little tired, but I'm happy to make it through the workout.

1200s: 4:27, 4:31, 4:39 (glacial)
600s: 2:04, 2:07
200s: 36, 35

Running 33:29 [1] 5.16 km (6:29 / km) +3m 6:28 / km
shoes: 201505 Inov-8 Flite 230

Monday Aug 22, 2016 #

9 AM

Running 25:06 [1] 4.25 km (5:54 / km) +72m 5:27 / km
shoes: 201607 Asics GT1000

Ugh, mornings. GPS track was wonky to start, and I felt really lethargic. I started to loosen up a bit by the end, but I'll reiterate: ugh, mornings.

I came across this commercial for the Canadian olympic team while watching CBC's olympics and was inspired. Ice in our veins (is probably not good for circulation).

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