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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Oct 20, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Running7 3:26:53 21.92(9:26) 35.27(5:52) 26386.7
  Orienteering2 2:10:40 6.63(19:43) 10.67(12:15) 38228c293.6
  Hiking1 45:00 2.17(20:41) 3.5(12:51) 25090.0
  Playing ball1 25:0025.0
  Total9 6:47:33 30.72 49.44 65828c795.4
  [1-5]9 6:45:25

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Sunday Oct 20, 2019 #

9 AM

Orienteering 1:09:10 intensity: (9:54 @1) + (36:47 @2) + (21:10 @3) + (1:02 @4) + (17 @5) *** 5.28 km (13:05 / km) +250m 10:35 / km
ahr:158 max:185 12c shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)

Master Nationals, Green/F40 Day 2
RouteGadget

Took Lukas' advice this morning and ate my banana on the way to the event instead of after.

If I categorize yesterday's run as 'pretty good but not awesome' then today goes squarely into 'definitely not awesome' pile. I walked (my legs were... not 100%) pretty confidently right up to most of the controls, but I made a lot of pretty questionable choices along the way.

The best one was the leg from 5 to 6, where I decided that the route choice involving staying high on the steep, rocky slope instead of dropping down just to go back up again was totally reasonable for me. I spent 14 minutes on that leg whereas Pavi took 9, so that faffing about on the hillside was pretty costly.

My next favorite was a 180 leaving one of the controls along the ski slope. I had it in my head that I needed to start heading toward the finish and aligned my map that way. I was pretty disappointed to see that I had to go *up* five lines on my way over, but off I went, and after a few steps I thought, "why are the numbers upside down?!" D'oh. Turned around and enjoyed dropping five lines across the slope instead.

Today's course was quite physical but I think I managed that aspect, on tired legs, pretty well. Had a good time at the event - fall orienteering in the northeast is pretty cool.

Running warm up/down 8:00 [2] 1.37 km (5:50 / km)
shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)

4 PM

Playing ball (game) 25:00 [1]
shoes: Håkon (Mudclaw 272)

Last game of the season. We do not get to play in the playoffs next week because, well, we didn't win any games. We were not very good but Greg, the ump, said that we were the most congenial team of the season. Conky and the Samsquatches will always have that.

Saturday Oct 19, 2019 #

11 AM

Orienteering 1:01:30 intensity: (10:10 @1) + (26:47 @2) + (21:07 @3) + (3:08 @4) + (18 @5) *** 5.38 km (11:26 / km) +132m 10:11 / km
ahr:158 max:189 16c shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)

Master Nationals, Green/F40
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Lukas' advice for me this morning before I left was to eat a snack before running so that I could run faster and win. Good advice! I didn't, and I felt very very hungry towards the end of the course. I should really take his advice more seriously.

This was a successful day if success is measured by things like being in the woods, punching controls (all of them, in the right order), chatting with O friends, etc. My orienteering, though, was nothing to write home about. One of those days where I wasn't recounting specific major mistakes when I finished but I knew that a second look at the map would reveal a lot of smaller losses. Just wasn't feeling smooth, and I didn't feel comfortable running very much in the first part of the course.

Riding the lift to the start was nice and there were some great views. Good day for it, too!

Tomorrow I try to hold off my competitors in F40, nipping at my heals some 24 minutes back. The competition is a bit fiercer in F45!

Running warm up/down 6:00 [2] 1.0 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)

Friday Oct 18, 2019 #

12 PM

Running (road) 25:42 intensity: (35 @0) + (13:21 @1) + (11:46 @2) 4.1 km (6:16 / km)
ahr:142 max:159 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)

Easy trot home from dropping my car off for more work.

Did some mental math on the way home trying to figure out whether it would be worthwhile to get rid of the car and use a car sharing service for our occasional car needs instead. Right now the car sits on the street all week just so we can go out for an adventure on (some) weekends. I figure, based on the amount we spend on upkeep and insurance annually, we could get 35-40 full days of use of a ZipCar. That's probably enough, and that also means zero trips to get the car fixed or maintained.

Another alternative is to keep the car but share it using Getaround. I don't think we would bring in very much but it could offset some of the costs of owning the car. There's a still a question of whether cost of increased use is really covered by the rental fees, and the fact that I would still have to do upkeep of a vehicle, which is definitely less fun than mowing a lawn. OTOH, I don't have a lawn, so maybe it's good to have something else to not look forward to.

On second thought, the worst part about owning a car isn't the cost (especially since it was a hand-me-down and Cambridge makes it ridiculously cheap to store my car on the road) but the upkeep. That means that it would probably be worth renting when we need to even if that meant we spent a little more money, as long as I never had to deal with taking a car anywhere for maintenance.
5 PM

Running 24:11 intensity: (18 @0) + (20:24 @1) + (3:09 @2) + (17 @3) + (3 @4) 3.92 km (6:10 / km) +3m 6:09 / km
ahr:138 max:175 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)

Back to pick up the car.

Thursday Oct 17, 2019 #

4 PM

Running tempo (road) 59:20 intensity: (21 @0) + (11:25 @1) + (24:48 @2) + (21:09 @3) + (1:31 @4) + (6 @5) 10.6 km (5:36 / km) +17m 5:33 / km
ahr:156 max:183 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)

Someone turned on the wind machine in Boston and it was pretty nasty in the morning. By evening it was just annoyingly windy. I took the car to Brookline to get some work done and did my workout around Jamaica Pond. The roundness and length of the pond meant that I was not going directly into or with the wind for any long stretch.

Workout was 6x[800m + 200m], short cruise intervals. Felt pretty reasonable at 7:20-7:30 pace, though the sixth one started to feel like I was pushing it a bit. Legs and lungs seem to be improving with training. Magic!

Wednesday Oct 16, 2019 #

9 AM

Running (road) 33:38 intensity: (37 @0) + (6:44 @1) + (26:14 @2) + (3 @3) 5.78 km (5:49 / km)
ahr:149 max:166 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)

Got out for an easy run and some nodes in between an unnecessarily long meeting at Tot Lot and my morning call for work.

Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 #

Note

It was so nice in NH this past weekend, and the forecast for next is looking good, so we're thinking of changing our habits and camping at Gunstock for the Older Dash. Anybody else camping?
8 AM

Running (road) 50:02 intensity: (17 @0) + (6:36 @1) + (32:27 @2) + (10:35 @3) + (7 @4) 8.51 km (5:53 / km) +6m 5:52 / km
ahr:154 max:176 shoes: Jack (Mizuno Wave Rider)

Morning on the river, strides workout. 16x[20" stride + 40" easy]. I threw in a 17th one accidentally (watched buzzed, so I went...and then looked at my watch after I'd counted well past 20, wondering why it hadn't buzzed again).

Nice morning for running, feeling more like mid-September than mid-October, except that the number of portable toilets along the river is starting to increase in anticipation of some kind of paddling thing this weekend.

Monday Oct 14, 2019 #

11 AM

Hiking 45:00 [2] 3.5 km (12:51 / km) +250m 9:28 / km
shoes: Alex (TrailTalon 275)

After we cleared out of the house and said goodbye to everyone I took Lukas up to the Black Cap trailhead for a hike. It's only a mile from the trailhead to the top and the views are supposed to be great. I had no idea whether Lukas would be in to it but I figured it was short enough that he could handle it and I wouldn't have to carry him much.

He was pretty into it (he likes trails and roots and stuff and early on picked out a special stick to give to Melissa) but the "only a mile" sort of neglects the fact that it is an uphill mile. And it turns out that carrying a ~50lb kid on my shoulders or in my arms, up a trail, is hard work. It was worth it, though: as soon as we popped out onto the rocks with views he turned around and said, "woooooowwwww, we can see the whole world!"

Once up top he was totally energized and spent almost an hour just running around, making friends, and playing on the rocks. We started heading back and I was thankful that it was all down because he was clearly going to be pretty tuckered out.

After we'd made it below the steepest upper part he stopped and asked me where his stick was.
Internal panic.
"I think I left it up on top. I'm really sorry, Lukas!"
Tears.
Hugs.
Passersby offer me sympathy and offer Lukas their own special sticks. He is not interested.
"Oh, maybe I put it in my bag!" [grab random stick next to my bag]
"That's not my stick!" More tears.

He wanted to go back up to get it. I suggested that we could go back up and look but explained that I couldn’t carry him at all any more so he would have to do it all himself, figuring that he would quickly tire of the effort and forget about his stick and we could head down properly.

He did not forget about the stick.

We got back up to the point where the trees disappear and he suggested I go get it while he would wait for me right there. Seemed reasonable enough so I scampered up the remaining steep section and was ridiculously relieved to see the stick exactly where I thought it would be. Scampered back down, passing several people who seemed to think that I had lost my son and let me know that he was down the trail waiting for me. Presented him the stick and received a slightly underwhelming response. He was thankful but I think he just assumed I would find it (why wouldn't I? I fix all his other problems) so he wasn't nearly as excited as I was.

The rest of the trip down was easy enough and we got on with our day and trip back home.

Some pictures. The stick makes an appearance.

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