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Training Log Archive: tRicky

In the 7 days ending Apr 6:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering (MTB)7 5:46:25 48.82(8.5/h) 78.57(13.6/h) 68632 /41c78%
  Road bike4 2:36:18 39.05(15.0/h) 62.84(24.1/h) 152
  Mountain bike3 2:20:41 27.29(11.6/h) 43.92(18.7/h) 521
  Orienteering (urban)1 27:00 3.37(8:01) 5.42(4:59) 4531 /31c100%
  Running1 11:14 1.29(8:42) 2.08(5:25)
  Total11 11:21:38 119.82(5:41) 192.83(3:32) 140463 /72c87%
  [1-5]11 11:19:44

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Saturday Apr 6 #

9 AM

Mountain bike warm up/down 25:44 intensity: (19:21 @1) + (3:04 @2) + (3:19 @3) 8.91 km (20.8 kph) +27m
ahr:109 max:158 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Sprint warmup is always a funny one, this one being longer (in distance) than the event itself.

Orienteering (MTB) race (Barnsley) 36:42 intensity: (53 @1) + (8:31 @2) + (17:48 @3) + (8:47 @4) + (43 @5) *** 8.73 km (14.3 kph) +81m
ahr:151 max:178 spiked:21/23c shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

NSW Sprint Champs

Barnsley map is always a lot of fun, this being the third time I've ridden on it, well fourth if you count the long champs in 2015 where it made up the eastern side of the map. I did okay but it's hard to get up speed on the twisty single track and I buggered up 5 by leaving the control to the NW, getting confused at the track crossings and ending up almost back at the control. I realised when I saw it that I'd already been there so rather than going and checking to make sure, I headed off to the NE instead and easily found 6 from that direction.

Also lost time from 17-18 by taking a wrong turn and almost hitting the powerlines, which I wasn't meant to do. Definitely a couple of suboptimal route choices, particularly 14-15 where I just wanted to avoid the single track but it was definitely faster. Finished 4th.
1 PM

Mountain bike warm up/down 27:30 intensity: (17:07 @1) + (4:08 @2) + (5:31 @3) + (44 @4) 9.79 km (21.4 kph) +112m
ahr:114 max:164 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Orienteering (MTB) race (Fairley Dams) 1:00:35 intensity: (8 @1) + (6:16 @2) + (24:39 @3) + (26:51 @4) + (2:41 @5) *** 16.03 km (15.9 kph) +182m
ahr:159 max:181 spiked:11/18c shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

NSW Middle Champs

A well set event in which not one rider in our field had a clean run, as evidenced by the fact I had a few shockers out there and came away with the win (Tim, who had been announced as winning it on the day, was later DQed for going through white - as it turned out he gained about a 2min advantage there, which would have given me the win anyway). I got surprised by the scale (1:7500) by missing the turnoff to the first control but recovered from the back approach then completely mucked up 2 by going too far through the clearing and onto a track that wasn't the one I wanted and had to reorganise myself.

Improved from there with minor errors at 6 (didn't notice the indistinct junction but again used backup option), 12, 13 (where I was put off after slipping over in a puddle when trying to go around a woman walking her bike) and 15 although I did that control better than Glen and William, both of who had been ahead of me but were only on their way into it long after I'd left. 17 was the real shocker though, I had to recross the freeway underpass and turn left onto the track but I got ahead of myself and instead turned left onto the first track before the underpass and rode up the hill for about 200m before realising what I'd done. Stupid!

Major issue with this event was with several map refolds. We went from the west side of the map across to the east, back to the west and then east again but the waterproof map didn't fold all that well and I tried several times to move it around in my map board while I was riding but it kept folding under itself. Joel had the right idea with his A3 map board. It was big but he'd have saved time not having to refold his map. Failing to cut lines was also an issue as it obscured some of the detail.

Friday Apr 5 #

9 AM

Orienteering (MTB) 56:22 intensity: (1:54 @0) + (30:50 @1) + (12:04 @2) + (11:07 @3) + (27 @4) 11.45 km (12.2 kph) +245m
ahr:118 max:162 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Glenrock training activity with the crew. Skipped off 102-104 (so went 1-7, 101 then 105-107) because I didn't want to ride too far today before the weekend's races but then this was still further than anyone else did!

Thursday Apr 4 #

12 PM

Orienteering (MTB) 17:33 intensity: (5:44 @1) + (10:48 @2) + (1:01 @3) 5.42 km (18.5 kph)
ahr:126 max:148 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Missed the Newcastle night champs the previous night but Joel got us a couple of maps and we went out and rode it instead. Managed to beat the foot winner by a whole 1:20!
1 PM

Orienteering (MTB) 50:00 [1] 5.0 km (6.0 kph)
shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Had an issue with the Garmin whereby I forgot to tune it to the local timezone before using it (it usually likes a restart on the first occasion) so lost the traces for the rest of the day. Joel and I went for a ride around the Holmesville training map checking out tracks and grading (as well as the mud).
3 PM

Orienteering (MTB) 10:00 [3] 3.0 km (18.0 kph)
shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Practice start activity with Joel, Scott and Arabella.

Orienteering (MTB) 50:00 [3] 15.0 km (18.0 kph)
shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Training nav exercise set by Carolyn around the Hebburn Dam map that was used for the final BOSS event a couple of weeks prior. Trees still had markings on them from the event so we could tell if in the right place or not (hopefully after 14 years of MTBO I can figure out where I am on a map but always good to reconfirm).

Tuesday Apr 2 #

8 AM

Road bike 1:54:37 [1] 48.39 km (25.3 kph) +150m
shoes: Giant TCR

To my sister's house for massage then into Northbridge to sign some legal paraphernalia and then home. Energy levels slightly better than yesterday. I blame the sunburn.

Monday Apr 1 #

8 AM

Road bike (commute) 15:00 [1] 5.07 km (20.3 kph)
shoes: Giant TCR

Ride to the doctor for the blood test I tried to get done on Saturday. Had to cancel the massage with my sister because of the sunburn I got yesterday. She said I had to leave it 24hrs before having it. Seems all I'm doing these days is having everything pushed back.

Seen it all with roundabout indication now. A car approaching one of the many roundabouts between here and the GP (there are four on the ~2km trip) first indicated right, then changed that to left before reaching the roundabout. The driver ended up going straight.
2 PM

Mountain bike 44:45 intensity: (24:53 @1) + (17:28 @2) + (2:24 @3) 12.41 km (16.6 kph) +332m
ahr:115 max:147 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Wanted to get out riding on a map with the trials this weekend but was feeling so lethargic and unenthused that I really couldn't be bothered but I'd already prepared myself to go out and ride on last year's Roleystone MDC map (course 2). So uninterested was I that when I left the house I actually forgot to take my bike with me. Second go I realised I forgot to pack the compass. On the third attempt I left home in the car then turned towards Crystal Brook Rd rather than Mills Rd (opposite of what I did for my hill session last week) then was partway down the road before I figured I shouldn't even be driving there because it's not like I haven't ridden up Mills Rd before so I turned around, went home and left the car there. Rode up to the start point instead, which wasn't all that far from my house.

Orienteering (MTB) 1:05:13 intensity: (55:24 @1) + (9:49 @2) 13.93 km (12.8 kph) +179m
ahr:99 max:138 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Rode around most of last year's course 2 of the Roleystone MDC. Went at an astounding pace as evidenced by the fact my HR was actually in zone 0 for 12 full minutes. Some of the tracks were pretty soft too, apparently the two drops of rain we had earlier in the day weren't enough to firm them up.

Plenty of vehicles out on the trails for some reason, well two different ones that I encountered but I came across the same one twice and have no idea why he was where he was on the second occasion. On the way from 7-8 I decided to add in the firebreak around the property on Canning Mills Rd that I've been meaning to map for years but never got around to it and figured I wasn't doing anything overly exciting at the moment so did it mid-course.

By the time I got to #10 I'd been doing more map checking than actual orienteering and wasn't overly excited about the rest of the course so called it a day.

Mountain bike 42:42 intensity: (41:42 @1) + (1:00 @2) 12.82 km (18.0 kph) +50m
ahr:84 max:127 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Ride home via one of the downhill tracks down the scarp, one that had the lowest chance of causing head trauma if I had a mishap on the way. Legs really couldn't be bothered.

Sunday Mar 31 #

9 AM

Road bike (commute) 12:25 intensity: (7:12 @1) + (3:26 @2) + (37 @3) + (38 @4) + (32 @5) 4.17 km (20.2 kph)
ahr:123 max:188 shoes: Giant TCR

To NavDash, the map for which covers all of yesterday's parkrun course!

Running warm up/down 11:14 intensity: (25 @1) + (9:01 @2) + (1:48 @3) 2.08 km (5:25 / km)
ahr:136 max:147 shoes: Salomon Speedtrax black/yellow

Group warm up.

Orienteering (urban) race (Gosnells NavDash) 15:14 intensity: (14 @1) + (7 @2) + (1:16 @3) + (5:45 @4) + (7:52 @5) ** 3.17 km (4:49 / km) +27m 4:37 / km
ahr:172 max:183 spiked:18/18c shoes: Salomon Speedtrax black/yellow

Long course, lined up a minute behind Sten (who was behind Riley and Lucy) and a minute in front of Paul J to test in a pressure situation in competition. Got the legs into top gear racing along the shop front from 4-5, avoiding the trolley guy in the process and some random shoppers.

Never saw Paul out there, passed Lucy coming out of 11 after both she and Riley took the right option and I went through the (out of) seasonal swamp. Passed Riley on the way to 13 when he went around the small lake and I went across the ramp although through the gravel carpark next door was a better option but it was mapped as rough open so I didn't consider it. Lots of fast running across the next few legs although my calf muscles were still fairly sore from the previous few days of running. Got within sight of Sten on my way to 16 as he was going to 17 and just got him for the win by 22 seconds.

Thought given the distance I was going to be well over the 12-15 minute winning time (running distance was given as 3.5km) but got very close in the end.

Orienteering (urban) (Gosnells NavDash) 11:46 intensity: (24 @1) + (27 @2) + (8:12 @3) + (2:43 @4) ** 2.25 km (5:13 / km) +18m 5:01 / km
ahr:155 max:173 spiked:13/13c shoes: Salomon Speedtrax black/yellow

Warm down run around the short course, which was suitably different from the long to be worthwhile other than three legs that were identical. Used the opportunity on leg 12-13 (17-18 on the long) to test the time difference. Saved 5 seconds going the northern route on the long course over the short course option and I had been saving my legs up until that point on the short too!
12 PM

Road bike (commute) 14:16 intensity: (13:36 @1) + (40 @2) 5.21 km (21.9 kph) +2m
ahr:102 max:127 shoes: Giant TCR

Home after the OWA AGM via a longer route.
4 PM


I had Grand Plans to go for a ride on an actual map today but I first had to buy a bike box from the airport. Almost two hours later and I'd pretty much run out of time for a ride. I know Virgin in the past has always held me up just long enough to have to pay for parking after the 15 minute free period but today was ridiculous. Thankfully Tash had driven me but then had to sit in the car for over an hour until I was sorted out.

(the abridged version)
tRicky: I'd like to buy a bike box
Front Counter: You'll have to go to Baggage Services out the back
tRicky wanders around back
Baggage Services 1: You first have to pay for the box out the front
tRicky wanders around the front, pays for box
FC: Okay now you can collect the box from BS
tRicky wanders around the back
BS1: We don't have any boxes here but I've called someone to bring one
half an hour later
BS2: Can I help you?
tRicky: I'm still waiting for a bike box
BS2: Okay I'll send someone to go get one
dude1 wanders off
dude2 wanders in to get a vest so he can go get a bike box
ten minutes later
dude2 wanders in, proclaims to BS1 there are no bike boxes
15 minutes later
BS1: Has anyone told you about the bike box?
tRicky: No
goes and checks
BS1: We don't have any boxes. I'll need you to go get a refund from out the front.
tRicky wanders around front
tRicky: Hello, yes I'm still here and I still don't have a box. Apparently I need to get a refund.
whilst refund/alternative arrangements are being made, dude3 wanders around with a bike box
tRicky: Well sh**

Got nicely burned today too. Probably not from NavDash but from sitting in the sun at the AGM for so long. The shade kept moving on me.

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