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Training Log Archive: Ricka

In the 7 days ending Apr 6, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:30:18 7.58(19:50) 12.2(12:19)
  Running1 10:00
  Total2 2:40:18 7.58 12.2

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Sunday Apr 6, 2008 #

Orienteering race 1:55:20 [4] 7.8 km (14:47 / km)

Several gullies were VERY steep - as expected. With 5 m contours on 1:10000 map, I still don't appreciate that even 2-4 tight contours is a really step hill - even though I've been on map twice before. But vegetation and standing water were not as bad as expected. Even dark green was passable. Honey suckle and wild rose were not in blooom yet. I orienteered well with regards to execution; but my route choice on 2 & 4 and map error (below) on 1, made the first 40% much more physical than needed - relaly wore me down. Well-designed Long Green course - best times around low 80's.

Held onto 3rd in M55; but about 7 M60's beat me. I had 115 minutes; 100-110 was a 'popular time'.

S-#1 was frustrating. Organizers had warned that 'lake was up' but should not bother route choices. I chose left of red line in order to find easy climb across stream; I fell left of that and faced a 30m wide lake instead of a crossable inlet stream. 400-500 m to north along edge until I could cross. Right along long spur was alternate choice I had seen - MUCH better in hindsight. Lost 4-5 minutes and tough start for legs.

Saturday Apr 5, 2008 #

Orienteering race 16:55 [4] 2.3 km (7:21 / km)

U Miami campus Sprint at Pig. Nice course, clean run. Was able to plan ahead on nearly every leg. Hard to maintain pace.

Was pleased that I read and used 'arch' from 5-6 and the narrow chute from 9-10.

Only hesitation was from 13-14 - the redline passed near circle for 4 which I first read as 14 - then looked ahead and saw that 'next' control was also 14 - the real 14. Being on the way and looking ahead - my misreading cost little time - good thinking for near end of course:).

Running warm up/down 10:00 [2]

Warm-up for U Miami sprint.

Orienteering race 18:03 [4] 2.1 km (8:36 / km)

Well-designed woods srpint at Pig. Several route choice problems. Very short legs 5-10 were quite confusing - good job:). I made reasonable route choices; planned ahead when I had free running; checked codes at short legs. Controls 4 and 5 came up really fast (not used to 1:5000 map in woods). Lost time 5-6 - should have just trusted compass; got near, saw lonely boulder on ground then map; still wandered south then corrected.

All went well EXCEPT I followed Vlad into Sprint 1 #1 and punched it. #1 on S1 was down trail on right in niche; unfortunately, my Sprint 2 #1 was 25 meters further on left at opening to field - DQ'ed - OOPS. I saw the control, turned off brain, began planning route to #2 - ignored many warning signs: left vs. right; we usually don't share #1; opening into field; leaving 1, I should have been in field; lake on right came up too fast; I did look at control #'s at Start - never checked it at #1 - UGH. Goal: On sprints especially, I tend to forget codes on way in, so for Sprint I will read code AT punch; look at clue sheet on way out for current and next code.

Total time would have been 3rd - behind Charlie and Glen. Boltz would have beat me on Sprint #2 and total time, but ould have beat me but he missed punching #5 - 4-5-6 were straight line.

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