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Training Log Archive: Ricka

In the 7 days ending Oct 24, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 5:18:13 3.23 5.2
  Running2 48:00
  Machines1 30:00
  Total5 6:36:13 3.23 5.2

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Saturday Oct 24, 2009 #

Running 10:00 [2]

Helped with Start. Then loosened up and warmed up before my late start.

Orienteering race 1:10:43 [4] 5.2 km (13:36 / km)

One Day US Champs Green X course. Very nervous due to difficulty of terrain. Goals: plan routes; STAY IN CONTACT WITH MAP; pace count often.
Great morraine terrain with basically no trails. Great course design - kevin doesn't give you a break!

Being Late Start is a bit odd. Fewer people seen - which means less distractions (which can hurt me) but also no one entering and leaving controls. Also, anyone I 'catch' is walking or has made major errors - that can cause brain games.

Start: Before start, I had 2 minutes to study clues - I forgot to. In this terraink, that mattered little. Each 'middle of circle' feature was obvious.

#1: Short trail run to 'get onto map'. With short leg, did not have confidence to plan ahead.
#2: I saw 'trail off-line to left' option which turned out to be very popular. I went straight and don't regret it. I did not choose steep downhill route very well. Aimed for two huge depressions - hit right edge. Aimed to steep ridge, contoured left, aiming for "saddle". Oops, what is this huge depression doing here. I had confidence in map contact to realize "I AM here" and noticed that mapped feature was depression, not knoll, hence no saddle. Turned right to knoll.
#3. Throughout day, I never picked up the 'ridge lines' on tis map. I did use and see "steep uphill or downhill" but never clicked that htis was a often a ridge. So I executed straight route quite well - but it was less safe and slower than ridge run on left. (Checked winsplits - lost 5 minutes here - surprise!)
#4. Short leg - bearing to reentrant in huge depression.
#5. Followed features well for 2/3 of leg. Then poor planning, map reading, and terrain reading as I neared circle. Slowed down. "I know that I'm close." Walked around, climbed, looked over shoulder, "There it is" - right number (Lost less than a minute - felt like more.).
#6. Bearing - short leg did read features well too.
#7. Aimed for long skinny depression, went right so I'd pick up spur pointing towards control. 100 m - passed several depressions - sure hope mine is next - it is.

#8. Caught a couple guys moving in right direction and at my pace (but "remember why they are here"). Smaller features - tough leg. got 75% there, didn't read big knoll on right very effectively. No attack point planned -ooops. As i neared control, saw about 5 people wandering and wondering - i 'joined' them. Turned right, Yes! (lost 1+ minutes).
#9 Right of big depression. Saw knoll coming up. Around to depressionk, yes.
#10. Reading map well now. Checked off minor features well. Lots of small depressions - found mine cleanly.
#11. Perhaps left too fast to get away from other 2 guys. Didn't read and use ridge effectively. Drifted right, climbed ridge, "Where am I?" Found knoll on ridge, next to second knoll - "I got it!" Carefully checked features as I left ridge - all matched! (lost 3 minutes) Straight was better - not sure why I rejected it.
#12. "Last leg - careful - can't make mistake now!" Straight was obvious; went right :(. I KNEW I had to then turn left - saw control to right - I checked it! Dumb! (lost 1.5 minute).

#13. Eschewed trail - straight thru weeds to GO. Then 17 sec to Finish.

M55: 5th of about 12 - about as 'seeded'. 4 minutes out of 3rd. As expected, a 'good run' got me 5th, an excellent run would have been 3rd.

Lessons:
Overall, very pleased - most legs were solid, if hesitant. Lost contact twice (5 & 11), but salvaged both legs.
Need to look for and use ridges better.
Could have pace counted a couple more times - especially through bland contour features.
Winsplit - Of 12 on M55, surprised to see that 7 legs I was 1st (#10), 2nd, or 3rd fastest. So I my pace through woods was stronger than expected.

Friday Oct 23, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:15:00 [2]

After 8 hour drive and then frantically making cell phone calls to try to get a phone number I'd left on my desk of 'house care-takers' to open house, I got out for about 75 minutes of map hiking on Model Map with Fran. Verbal descriptions helped me focus on key features for the weekend. I ran no 'real' legs (due to time and to save legs) but I ran often ran ahead 50-150 m to get the feel.

Lessons:
I'm finally getting pretty comfortable with visual estimates of vertical changes - up and down. On moraine terrain, I usually underestimate the vertical.

Find and use saddles - great point features to check off! - I wasn't visualizing size of saddles very well.

"Hunters forts" (triangle of stacked 15 foot or so trees) are usually on high ground - helps in reading up vs. down on map.

Wednesday Oct 21, 2009 #

Machines 30:00 [3]

Too much recent sitting and driving. 9 machines at Y felt good again.

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 #

Running 18:00 [2]

Warm-up - ran Clliff Cave trails to start an old Green course near school. Read map - focussing on anticipating the sinkholes coming up on both sides.

Orienteering 37:30 [3]

Ran 'proposed' Green middle course from A-meet. (Though I designed the courses and set all controls, I never did run these courses.) I started at #1 and finished when I hit the field. Also, though slower, I mostly took-off trail routes when feasible. Leaves were falling, but vegetation still pretty thick - especially honey suckle areas. Felt very good energy wise.

Overall maintained good focus and map contact - but some errors due to vegetation forcing me left or right - low visibility.
Lessons: With technical terrain and vegetaion, features came up slowly. Also, it was easy to let up and not force a pace.

WI: Woods will be much more open. If Cliff Cave had an equal number of hills as sinkholes, it would be much more like WI :). Use pace count frequently. Really focus on checking off features.

Running 20:00 [2]

Back to parking lot on-trail and off-trail when woods weren't too thick.

BTW: There is now a beautiful large shelter, parking lot, and rest room on river part of CC. 5 mile paved bike trail. More CC land and trail in flood plain to the south - nice developments! Also, two nice benches on concrete pads facing each other on opposite sides of road next to RR tracks????

Sunday Oct 18, 2009 #

Orienteering 2:15:00 [2]

After a week+ of rain, clouds, and cold, what a great day to be at Babler. Hung last 8 tapes for Turkey O'. Leaves coming down, but still numerous 'white' woods are medium green - certainly will be more open in November.

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