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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Nov 4, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering3 3:21:44 6.28 10.1 46318 /36c50%536.9
  Cycling2 1:24:00186.0
  Running3 1:22:00 3.2 5.15134.0
  Total6 6:07:44 9.48 15.25 46318 /36c50%856.9

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Sunday Nov 4, 2007 #

Running warm up/down (road) 10:00 [1]
shoes: Jalas

Warm up run to the start. I had a hunch that today would go better... I mean, how could it go worse?

Orienteering race 1:33:15 intensity: (20:00 @2) + (1:00:00 @3) + (13:15 @4) *** 7.4 km (12:36 / km) +368m 10:06 / km
ahr:180 max:196 spiked:7/18c shoes: Jalas

If the goal today was to simply find all the controls (or even just the first one), then I did quite well. If the goal was to have a really solid run, then not so much.

After yesterday I just wanted to be careful, especially in the green. I took my time to the first control, actually figuring out very specifically what I needed to do - it wasn't tricky at all, but I it doesn't hurt to be ├╝bercareful to regain confidence. It worked - I felt really good after that and very focused.

I lost that focus on the two middle long legs, 7 and 8. On both I was just going in a general direction to get to a road, and in both cases I got pulled far right by the terrain and didn't realize it. Lost quite a bit of time because of these two, and add to that a goof on 13 and that's a little over 10 minutes.

Drifting like that on a long leg happens to me a lot. And the thing is, it's not difficult to fix - I just need to look at my compass for more than a split second - it's not enough to make sure that I'm not doing a 180, I need to be a little more precise than that...

At least today I also had a number of good legs, those ones that you can think back on to remember how it *should* be.

Saturday Nov 3, 2007 #

Running warm up/down (trail) 10:00 [2]

Warm up running to the start.

Orienteering 35:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Disaster.

Update: I wrote a whole bunch about this while sitting in Chicago and then my battery died unexpectedly and left me with nothing! Anyway, what happened...

I was all set at the start to be careful, with J-J's final instructions of "go slow" echoing in my head. I did move slowly, taking my time to figure out the first control, cautious of the 1:15 scale... but not actually picking a route and not actually keeping good track of where I was. Had to either follow a stream to the end around the green and then cut across to the ditch with the control, or cross over early before the green and go up the next system to the ditch.

I ended up being pulled across early and I *thought* I knew where that was. Spent some time trying to figure this out and hacking through green. Eventually crossed over to find my ditch where I thought it should be and found something that seemed very ditch-like going in the same direction - no control. Hopped back out, tried to make sense of where I could be, but there were no parallel features nearby... so I decided to bail to the bigger feature of the main reentrant system below. I did that, still totally confused. I made it make sense (stupid stupid stupid) and re-attacked. Got back to exactly the same place.

Now I was really frustrated, it'd been over 20 minutes (I'm telling the abbreviated story) and I obviously had no clue where I was. And I was not enjoying this terrain. I decided to look really big picture and figured that maybe I was several hundred meters too far south. It made some sense, so I went north along the ridge and eventually found *a* control - not mine, of course, but something on a feature. But that didn't help because I didn't know which reentrant it was in. Bailed back out to the ridge and, for the first time, saw something that really clicked with the map - a parallel ditch and ride.

At this point, well over 30 minutes in, I had so little confidence in where I was and I'd been wandering around for so long that I was pretty sure that it was just a coincidence and that I was yet again making the map fit my idea of where I was. So I half-heartedly attacked from the ride, got stuck in some green, didn't see what I expected to see, and made the very disappointing decision to call it a day. To say that I felt like a loser is an understatement.

Now for the worst part - the control I saw was on the blue course and I was able to recreate what I did based on its location. I estimate that I was at the edge of the control circle when I gave up. And, according to those who found the control, the ditch wasn't very visible, which would explain why I didn't see it when I was so close. Whether or not I would have wanted to finish the course if it had taken me almost 40 minutes to find the first control is another question.

What to learn from this? Well, aside from the obvious lessons about actually picking a route and keeping track of where I am, I should also trust myself when I see something that really clicks on the map. I had zero confidence in myself when I saw the ditch and ride, even though it really made sense. I don't know what the solution there is, except perhaps to think back to this incident and remember that I *was* right, finally, and way too close when I gave up.

Running (trail) 20:00 [1]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Running back in from the disaster.

Friday Nov 2, 2007 #

Event: US Champs
 

Orienteering 35:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Sprint model. At this point, before doing any actual racing, I had high hopes for some good runs this weekend to cap off the year, so I really wanted to get a good look at the model terrain.

The woods were pretty trashy but we were told that they'd be nicer for the actual event (they were). The map was a little weird in places, but didn't seem like that would make too much of a difference during a fast, sprint-level race. Didn't feel very energized but I hoped that was just the morning effect.

Orienteering race 23:29 [4] *** 2.7 km (8:42 / km) +95m 7:24 / km
ahr:187 max:197 spiked:11/18c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Sprint. I didn't know I could make so many mistakes in such a short time frame. ;-)

There were plenty of moments of good orienteering, with notable mistakes being drifting to 8 on my way to 4 (I had goo company with that), drifting left on the long leg and going up the wrong ridge, and getting very confused by the open areas on the way to 15.

I figure about 3 minutes of mistakes, which is a pretty hearty serving over only 23.5 minutes of running. 20:30 wouldn't have moved me up at all placing-wise, but I would have felt much better about it.

If nothing else, Spike seemed really excited to catch me (he started 4 min behind). Eliminating just one of those bigger mistakes most likey would have allowed me to keep him from catching me, and then I'd have no happy moments.

Well, that's not really fair. I did really enjoy the course. Very fun orienteering, and the kind of things that allowed me to try to orienteer really fast with pretty quick feedback - something I'd love to be able to do more of.

Orienteering 15:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Classic model. Went out with a little crowd and we only visited a few controls because we didn't have much time. Kind of wish I'd had more time with this, though I'm not sure it would have made much of a difference.

Thursday Nov 1, 2007 #

Note

Off to VA! This 3 hour time difference thing makes going east almost a whole day affair. Blergh. At least on the way back it's only going to be 2 hours! Oh wait, that doesn't help...

Forgot to share one of the highlights of last weekend, which has nothing to do with orienteering. On the way out to CA we stopped at a Starbucks (not my choice, obviously) in Blythe, CA and talked with the young lady behind the counter. We wanted the first In-n-Out in CA, which is turns out is not in Blythe but out near Palm Springs, a good 100 miles away, and this girl would just die for some In-n-Out since there's not much more in Blythe than a damned prison and an ever drier river. Find out the lady is working on Sunday, so on our way back to AZ we picked up In-n-Out for her and swung through Blythe and the Starbucks. She was totally floored that we remembered her and, aside from free beverages for both of us, I'm convinced that our good deed translated into other good deeds. ;-)

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007 #

Running (trail) 42:00 [2] 3.2 mi (13:07 / mi)
shoes: Asics Trail

Mid-morning run at Sabino Canyon with seabass, Bear Canyon trail. It was a bit warmer than we anticipated and the trail was a bit hillier than seabass was up for, so we walked a bit, and I went back and forth a bit. Nice to get out and loosen up a bit before a long day of work (ha!).

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 #

Cycling (road) 22:00 [2]

Ride in. My scheduling luck seems to have run out - finally have a conflict with WOG, flying tonight. Wanted to go for a trail run this morning instead but I finally actually slept for a long time. A valid trade off.

Cycling (road) 18:00 [3]

Ride home, a little quicker than usual because it was almost cold. I'll need to find my knee warmers. Definitely didn't make it out before midnight but I guess I'm just going to make up these logging rules as I go, subject to change as I go.

Monday Oct 29, 2007 #

Cycling (road) 24:00 [2]

Ride in. Played leap frog with a bus. Lots of wind and stuff. Warm out, but not hot. Felt nice enough.

Cycling (road) 20:00 [2]

Ride home... think I got out the door just before midnight, so this still counts as yesterday. Tid bit nipply out but quite pleasant with a jacket. A jacket!

I eat a lot of junk when I have to sit at the ops desk. No peeps, of course, nothing quite that awful, but not exactly carrots and hummus all night.

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