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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Sep 29, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering4 4:37:42 15.91(17:27) 25.6(10:51) 38391c802.0
  Running4 1:15:00 3.16 5.08100.0
  Total5 5:52:42 19.06 30.68 38391c902.0

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Monday Sep 29, 2008 #


Loved the maps, terrain, and courses this weekend. Can we get some of that stuff exported to Tucson?

Just for fun I looked at the difference between this weekend and NAOC 2006. There I had a rotten mistake in the sprint, a horrible, horrible middle, and an okay long. The long in 2006 was actually just a wee bit better in terms of time behind the winner, I sprinted better this year, and my 2008 middle was an enormous improvement. Overall better.

Since the 2008 O season is basically done for me I figured I'd put down a thought or too about where I am. I feel like I am getting better and occasionally have results that show this. Whether or not I am actually improving I have noticed that my threshold for acceptable errors has decreased tremendously, which means that I am disappointed with the vast majority of my runs. I think this is because I have had a few really good "breakthrough" runs, races where I catch a glimpse of what I am capable of doing, and then my expectations are reset to that level. Only I'm not training well enough to expect to improve my baseline that much, and maybe I'm just not cut out to run that well more often than I do. Whatever the reason, the result is a high bar and little chance of reaching it most days. I definitely haven't maxed out on the training, which means there's hope. Which is good, because as much fun as it is to orienteer at a half-way decent level, well... I'm just too competitive to settle for "decent".

I have more running through my head. Maybe I'll write more later. Maybe this year I'll again come up with some plans and goals for next year, stuff that I can really stick to for the coming year. Suggestions welcome, as always.

Sunday Sep 28, 2008 #

Running warm up/down (road) 10:00 [2]
shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

Orienteering race 1:43:42 [3] **** 8.9 km (11:39 / km) +150m 10:45 / km
18c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

NAOC Long/Classic.

A nicer day, way less rain, but I didn't quite manage to do that whole concentration thing, especially on the second control.

Started fine to the first control, and was actually in a nice little zone for those first 90 seconds. Then I turned my map to look at 2, oriented myself to run from 2 to 3, saw that I just needed to aim for the big road, and took off in a direction 180 degrees from it. Yes, that's right, I skipped a control in my mind *and* went the wrong way. Things made little sense, of course, and I even stood on an (unmapped, in my mind) trail for long enough to have a hunter in a hunting stand ask me if I was looking for my marker. I kept pushing towards the road until I saw a stone wall ahead of me. "Stone wall, stone wall...." I thought to myself as I searched for one of those on the map. Nothing. So I crept up to investigate what was beyond it, since it seemed open like a road, and was greeted by the site of a really enormous field. Huge, in fact. There was nothing like that on my map, anywhere. Yes, I unfolded it to check.

I almost panicked, since being off the map is never a good thing. But then I noticed that I wasn't running at all in the right direction and realized my mistake, or at least enough of it to know how to fix it. Decided to run straight back the way I came (saw the same hunter....) and intercepted a desirable route to number 2. This leg took me just over 13 minutes, which means I spent 6 or 7 minutes either in Lala Land or recovering from it. Which brings me to positive point number one: in the past this could easily have been much, much worse - I can recover from idiocy much quicker now.

Okay to 3 and 4, and then another 180 out of 4. Recovered much faster this time (learning still?) and okay from there on out. Marie-Cat caught me on the way to 11 and we were mostly within sight of each other the rest of the way, except for a few different meso-route chocies and when she was eaten by a swamp. My concentration improved as my competitive juices kicked back in (thank goodness). I did notice, however, that my usually good sense of which way I need to go out of a control was malfunctioning. Several times I really had to forcefully orient my map and turn myself, finding that I was not at all pointed the right way. This isn't usually a problem.

Conclusion: I was tired. I ran a half marathon a week ago and am recovering/suffering from a mild cold, and had 3 races behind me. Everyone was tired, and lots of people made bone-headed mistakes, some even as quirky as mine. Not being able to run quite as fast is a small issue. Not being able to think clearly is a problem. This was quite an example of what happens to your thinking when your body is tired.

Saturday Sep 27, 2008 #

Running warm up/down (road) 15:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (silver)

Orienteering race 1:01:06 [3] **** 5.1 km (11:59 / km) +123m 10:41 / km
ahr:181 max:194 14c (sick) shoes: Integrators (silver)

Middle Distance.

The positive thoughts and focus on focusing seemed to work for well for me, at least compared to previous excursions on glacial terrain. In that category this was a fabulous success. In the overall orienteering category, this was fairly disappointing because of one large lapse in good focus. In the aviation world one might call what I did "strength of an idea". I was convinced that I was left of the line when in reality I was right. There were plenty of signs that should have tipped me off. But it's hard to admit that you are wrong, and in this case it cost me some running around and a lot of confusion and self-argument and 5 or 6 minutes. Not so good.

I was pleased to find that the whole contacts thing really does make rain way less of a pain. Lots of people complained about not being able to see today, with the combination of rain, darkness, and detailed map. I was glad not to have to wipe off glasses.

Overall I felt like a did well today in that I felt in control, even most of the leg on the goofed number 6. Better. Not good, but better. Now I just need to do it a lot more so I can do it faster. ;-)

Speaking of speed, boy was I glad I couldn't read the map faster in the woods. Once I got out onto the road on the way to 7 I realized that I was hurting. I think I probably moved at a decent pace, but it didn't feel good.

Tomorrow will be better.

Friday Sep 26, 2008 #

Running warm up/down 20:00 [1]
(sick) shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

Combined warming up and down.

Orienteering race 14:55 [4] *** 2.1 km (7:06 / km) +55m 6:17 / km
ahr:189 15c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

NAOC Sprint Prelims. Feeling pretty stuffy from this cold, but it was a pretty flat course so I didn't notice it so much. Bet the radar guns would disagree. ;-)

Overall, this went okay. I made a point to get my mind into the orienteering frame before I started, visualizing what I needed to do going into and out of each control. This went really well for the first 3 controls, a little shaky on the 4th, then pretty solid for the rest of the course. I can be satisfied with this run.

Orienteering 25:59 [4] *** 3.5 km (7:25 / km) +55m 6:53 / km
ahr:189 28c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)


Not so much. I had been watching everyone at the start so I figured I knew what was going on. I get to the pre-start and the (not) helpful start person tells me to make sure to look at my first control because he was pretty sure I was going to go a different way than the person in front of me. I was really surprised by this and said, "Really? They're switching it up for us?" and he was sure, and then it was my turn. So, instead of going the same way as every single other red runner, I picked up my map and stood there to look at it. I was pretty confused that I *was* going that way, based on what he'd said. Sure, only a few seconds, but it still pissed me off. Why was he talking to me? I'm pretty sure he just got the impression that they were switching the loops because Alison (who was doing green+) went the other way.

After that, the first loop went okay but I tired quickly. Even the second loop was okay, but I really had no more zip. I had gained on Corinne (I think) during the first loop, but once Katarina passed me on the way to 12, they were both gone. Not feeling so great by the time I came in for the third loop. The first few controls were in the woods and I did not switch successfully to being able to read the map through the light green. Made some sketchy choices, had trouble reading frequently enough, and generally had a very shoddy set of controls. Then, of course, I ran in and punched the pivot control instead of the finish. Dork.

Winsplits verifies: no lower than 6th place overall for the first 17 controls (end of the second loop), then drop to 10 (and stay there) by the 24th.

So, not so great today when all is said and done. The difference between the prelim and the final was my concentration before the first one and my out of control running in the second. Tomorrow needs to be more like the first sprint.

Wednesday Sep 24, 2008 #


Judging by the sore throat that developed last night I may be getting sick. That also may explain why I haven't been very spritely lately.

Running (road) 30:00 [1] 3.16 mi (9:30 / mi)
shoes: Nerissa (Asics Kayano 14)

Got out of the sim early enough to sneak in a run before heading to the airport. Ran around Lake Nokomis, so 9,999 lakes to go! [note: Don't ask me to land a c-130 on an aircraft carrier. Way harder than it looks.]

Don't feel as rotten as last night and this morning, throat-wise, but still feel a little rotten. Thank goodness I'm done orienteering for a while. Or not. What timing! Sheesh.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2008 #

Orienteering 1:12:00 [2] *** 6.0 km (12:00 / km)
16c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)

Rough schedule today in the sim, 6:00-9:30, meaning I had to figure out what to do with almost my *entire day* once I finished. Why does the Air Force give me such brutal 'opportunities'?

After eating some lunch, unwinding from my long day, and swinging by Wisconsin to pee, I went to Lake Elmo Park Reserve. MNOC has permanent controls out in the park and the park office has copies of the map for sale. I got them to find one that wasn't laminated, and I think they felt like they were getting the better deal on that one. I jogged around the Beginner course to 'warm up' and then ran/jogged/walked around the Advanced course. The woods and grass seemed a little thick, but I might just be tired. There are already a few leaves turning and falling, which just seems crazy. Nice to get in a hint of fall since I probably won't have much of that season this year.

Not sore anymore but definitely don't have a lot of energy.


Official photos from Saturday. I only look half-dead, since apparently they didn't take any of me until the last few hundred meters, when I was ecstatic to be so close to finishing. I saw lots of photographers on the rest of the course, but they usually put down their camera when I ran by, probably because they felt sorry for me and didn't want to waste pixels on a photo I obviously wouldn't buy.

On the other hand, I would totally buy a DVD from these guys.

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