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Training Log Archive: tRicky

In the 7 days ending Aug 20, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering (MTB)8 7:44:18 73.5(9.5/h) 118.28(15.3/h) 80015 /22c68%
  Mountain bike2 1:36:30 19.31(12.0/h) 31.07(19.3/h)
  Total9 9:20:48 92.8(6:03) 149.35(3:45) 80015 /22c68%

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Monday Aug 20, 2012 #

12 PM

Orienteering (MTB) race (MTBO Worlds Long Qual) 1:25:00 [4] *** 26.0 km (18.4 kph)
spiked:8/14c shoes: Giant Anthem

Rotten start to today, being a public holiday the pub across the road from us was open until 7am so the local yobbos were out half the night making a racket and I missed out on a lot of sleep. Also I was hoping the Silva dealer would turn up at the start so I could upgrade my compass to a Jet but no luck there either.

Late start in the heat because I figured I'd cope best but it seems I'm not going to get a lot of say in where I start this week anyway. Got off to a decent start, didn't go all out to get into the map but still made a few hesitations on junctions. A few of our controls were off tracks and I got fairly near most of them without hitting spot on and was having a good run but the heat and lack of sleep was getting to me so with two controls to go I had to negotiate a complex junction, took a track at 30 degrees to the one I wanted and ended up adding a bit of extra distance as I worked my way around to where I wanted to go. Turned back towards the control then lost track of the number of junctions I crossed and ended up searching for the control in an open area rather than the track I was looking for so lost more time, no doubt more than the 1:44 that I needed to get into the A final. Bollocks.

Disappointing start to the week.

Distance an estimate because I think I reset the time but not distance on the bike computer, which I can no longer see under the massive map board I now have.

Sunday Aug 19, 2012 #

Event: Jumbuck Hill
5 PM

Orienteering (MTB) 28:10 [2] ** 8.89 km (18.9 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

Model event around a paddock east of Veszprem. If this is typical of the sprint terrain with 40-50% off road riding, it's going to be good to have:
a) fast settling compass
b) late start
We do get to pick our starts, sort of, but with three elites we have to have one early, one middle and one late. So easy to pick elephant tracks to the off road controls after a few bikes have already been through. I pity the first rider.

Bit concerned that five of the ten controls today required control description because they were off tracks. I just cannot read contours in 50% yellow at speed.

Picked up a new map board today that is much bigger than the Twister so will allow for less map folding.

Saturday Aug 18, 2012 #

11 AM

Orienteering (MTB) 58:00 [1] ** 12.5 km (12.9 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

Ride around with the team on the Training A map in Veszprem to check how certain features and tracks are mapped. Should be an awesome bunch of races if we get terrain like today - good, fast riding tracks with not a hint of gravelly stuff to wipe out the tyres on.

Hamstring still sore but not noticeable on the bike, at least not in the easy gears. Carried my bike up a tower for fun and fell off a northshore when no-one was around to see.

Friday Aug 17, 2012 #

10 AM

Orienteering (MTB) 50:59 [3] *** 13.9 km (16.4 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

Tuesday's map again but at a 1:10000 scale and just the west side, so I got to test my nav on the ugly hillside again with the scratchy bush and dodgy tracks. Found both of the controls in there no worries but did have to bush bash out to the main track after a wrong turn.

Took an awful route choice from 6-7 after deciding I didn't want to ride back up the hill I just rode down and ended up doing a big loop when I realised the alternative route I was taking went over an even bigger hill. Clean to all controls though (almost).

Right hamstring is sore after kicking the ball around yesterday afternoon so have Nurofened it and will not be kicking anything over the next two days in an attempt to settle it down. Hopefully nothing serious.

Thursday Aug 16, 2012 #

10 AM

Orienteering (MTB) 45:57 [3] ** 15.54 km (20.3 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

More SI training today on the same course that we rode on the weekend, but in the NE corner. Pretty basic nav today and I kind of just went at a moderate pace following another rider until some dude passed me then he screwed up somewhere and I got ahead of him and the front rider so pushed the pace to the finish. Dude got passed me then took a wrong route somewhere so I beat him in to the finish. Boltboi took the tourist route to most controls so took a bit longer.

Wednesday Aug 15, 2012 #

1 PM

Mountain bike 14:30 [2] 5.07 km (21.0 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

The rest of the team (apart from Mel) decided to take a rest day and explore Budapest but I don't like doing touristy things so I headed down the hill to today's training map for a spin around by myself.

Orienteering (MTB) 1:01:10 [3] ** 13.07 km (12.8 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

Today's map just had controls scattered over the course so rather than just ride between them in some random fashion, I rode between them in some random fashion but attempted to commit the route to memory then not look at the map along the way. Worked for the most part but I tended to remember either:
a) easy routes where it was first left, first right, first left, etc; or
b) no more than three turns.
So not too bad but when it gets complex I'm going to have to have a bit of a look. Still another hilly map today. Didn't see anyone else out there since they all went early.

Mountain bike 30:00 [2] 8.5 km (17.0 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

Ride back up the hill then out to the shops with Mel, where for the princely sum of A$3.80 I picked up a Magnum, flavoured milk, chocolate bar and dairy dessert. Good value.

Tuesday Aug 14, 2012 #

9 AM

Mountain bike 52:00 [2] 17.5 km (20.2 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

The team (and British/Lithuanian Emily) decided to ride out to today's training event but only Steve knew the way and apparently Emily too but we didn't know that at the time. We somehow lost Emily along the way because she was off the back and decided to take a shortcut to the bottom of the hill so whilst we waited for her, she went on without us.

Steve decided to go cross country to get there quicker so we found a heap of single track and fire trails that eventually got us lost but we found our way in the end after a few U turns. Emily beat us by about half an hour but that wasn't much good to us.
10 AM

Orienteering (MTB) 1:33:00 [3] *** 17.65 km (11.4 kph) +800m
spiked:7/8c shoes: Giant Anthem

There was some tricky nav required on some of the controls today, which once again was on a very hilly map to the northeast of our accommodation (I think). I got to the first okay after picking the wrong route choice that went over a very steep ridge then ballsed up the second one in a small area with a lot of crap single track in it between some open areas and a runway/paddock. I had misread the corner of the bush that I'd entered from and assumed it was another corner and made the same mistake when I relocated a bit later so lost a good 20 minutes. Got it right the third time but the whole team had caught me by that stage.

Took it carefully to the rest of the controls and made no further mistakes although picked the wrong route choice from 7-8 that had me riding down a hill that I didn't need to then back up. Happy with the nav into #7 with a lot of complex single track to negotiate.

Height gain is based on what Steve and Chris had on their GPSes. This is pretty much the total of the five events next week so at least there'll be nothing like it out there! Possibly not a good thing since I thrive on hills.
3 PM

Orienteering (MTB) 42:02 [2] 10.73 km (15.3 kph)
shoes: Giant Anthem

Decided to go and find the missing #11 control from yesterday's ride to help out the Hungarians since Peter had said he'd seen it on the ground. Discovered that the guy who'd collected the controls yesterday had also left out the finish control so I pulled that in too then thought I'd go and check if the start was still there. It was! Apparently the Hungarians don't think much of their controls to leave so many of them in the bush.

Did a couple of downhill runs on the single track to make the ride worthwhile.

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