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Training Log Archive: vmeyer

In the 7 days ending Mar 11, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 3:10:05 8.39(22:40) 13.5(14:05) 441
  Running1 6:34 0.5(13:08) 0.81(8:09) 5
  Total3 3:16:39 8.89(22:07) 14.31(13:45) 446

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Monday Mar 11, 2013 #


Made it home last night easily enough about 10:15 PM. Instead of sitting up drinking wine and playing on the computer, I went to bed. Sort of a backfire - body was in pain, especially my neck. I couldn't bend at the waist without extreme pain radiating into my neck. My neck has been iffy since I was rear ended in mid-November. I think that three nights of hotel sleeping, or non-sleeping since we had loud neighbors, and carrying excess laptop poundage on my back through the airport, triggered the pain in my neck. Agh!

Sunday Mar 10, 2013 #


EX2 Spring Backyard Burn 2 - Wakefield

Must have gone great without me - did not receive a call. Yeah!
7 AM


Another early start to the day, this time in the dark because of the time change. Third night of little sleep - maybe 2-3 hours total each night. Got to the park a little after 6:30 AM and started setting up in a different pavilion than yesterday. The temperature was quite comfortable to start the day - probably close to 50 F.

Things went a little more smoothly, and I had asked for extra hands to get the screens up, so we were set up earlier.

I grabbed my stuff and got a ride from the meet director to the start knowing that I needed to snag the empty slot at 9:09. You know that things are going well when the meet director has time to drive her peeps to the start.

By the time I got to the start, the temperature had probably dropped by 15 degrees. I went with the usual short sleeve shirt but kept my light gloves on.
10 AM

Orienteering race (ISIC A-Meet - Green Y) 1:17:08 [4] *** 5.7 km (13:32 / km) +185m 11:39 / km
shoes: Pink!! Ice Bugs

Garmin = 4.45 miles and 161 m climb
1 PM


After finishing my course, I went immediately to my car, and asked Nadim to get the keys and unlock it for me, so I wouldn't get tied up at Results and not get changed all of the way like yesterday. It was just too cold for that today.

Chatted with a couple of people while I got out of my wet shoes. After changing, I relieved Sandy. It was much colder in the shelter on the lake then it was earlier in the day. After a bit I had to go get about three more layers of clothes out of the car and put those on, including another pair of socks.

Props to Linda for sitting and doing the downloading again today. I know she was freezing. When things were winding down, she went and got us lunch again, and today I got a bowl of soup with my sandwich. It was still piping hot when I ate it, and I could have eaten more.

I kept getting confused with the time change because our computers needed to be on the old time to display things correctly. Eventually, it was 1 PM, and we whipped out the results for Mary, and the awards ceremony took place within five minutes of the advertised time. Lots of people stayed for it.

Besides two clowns without a clue out on Green for 4+ hours, and the coach who signed them up for Green, things ran smoothly all day.

The results displays worked great, and the screens are being shipped to my me so I can use them in May for the EMPO event.

Thanks to Sandy for coming to Kansas to help me with the results. I couldn't have done it without her.

Also, thanks to Max for helping to set up the screens, and to Peggy and Nadim for helping me get my excess baggage back to Virginia. How fortunate that we were all on the same flight.

Congratulations to OK and PTOC - these two small clubs did a great job of putting on this event. I don't think I have been ever asked as often - What can I do for you? Do you need anything from me? - I liked it. :)

Saturday Mar 9, 2013 #

7 AM


Woke up early and was able to talk to Roger before heading down to breakfast around 6:15, where I had a waffle for Roger. Then off to the park for a 7 AM arrival.

Unloaded and started setting up the computers, and getting SI-cards to the vetters checking controls, etc. Things were a little crazy at first since it was immediately reported that two controls had been stolen. One would be found later in a nearby stream.

Nice large shelter, so we had plenty of room to set download up on the backside of where the screens were. This was a nice buffer zone.

Actually hanging the screens took longer then anticipated, and it was after 9 before everything was ready. I left Max to sort out how to view the start times for each class, and headed to the start. It was further away than I had imagined it to be and lots of uphill as well. After catching my breath, Tom was able to slot me in at 9:43, a later start then I had anticipated at the beginning of the day, so the pressure was on to have a good run and get back to relieve Sandy.

Linda C. from PTOC was assigned to the Results/Download area, and it was very handy to have an extra set of hands to get the many little tasks done. She also did the bulk of the downloading freeing up Sandy and I for the troubleshooting side of things.
10 AM

Orienteering race (ISIC A-Meet - Green Y) 1:14:59 [4] *** 5.4 km (13:53 / km) +150m 12:12 / km
shoes: Pink!! Ice Bugs

Garmin = 4.26 miles with 157 m climb

I wasn't sure how the two week exercise break would affect me, and I was a little pooped getting to the start, but once the whistle blew, my competitive spirit kicked in, and it was off to the races.
1 PM


The rain held off until just the last part of the day, and just before 2 PM, the last finishers checked in. Yeah! I like when everyone is accounted for so easily.

Linda got lunch for the Results crew which was much appreciated.

After going back to the hotel and getting some of the results up on the internet and a shower, it was off to Dick and Nancy's for a fine dinner with Sandy and Sharon C.

Back to the hotel by 8 PM, and tried to get some sleep.

Friday Mar 8, 2013 #


Slept horribly last night, aided by strange bed and noisy neighbors.

Sandy and I spent the bulk of morning and part of the afternoon at the event site to get a plan in place on setting up the screens for the projectors for the results display.

The white flannel panels I brought with me were too porous for use outside, even under the shelter. So, it was off to Lowe's to figure out an alternative. After looking at drop cloths, tarps, and shower curtains, Sandy got us over to the window shade area, and with the help of the service manager, we settled on three beige shades that were full blackout. Picked up some clamps and string and headed back to the park. A test run showed that these would work as long as they were weighted down at the bottom, so we solicited Mary for some 5 gallon buckets for tomorrow.

Back to the hotel for a rest and then off to the model.
5 PM

Orienteering race (Model event) 37:58 [3] *** 2.4 km (15:49 / km) +106m 12:57 / km
shoes: Red Fish

Garmin = 1.93 miles with 106 m climb

Not sure how much I would get out this weekend, so I ran the model event like a race. Fun sprint like course with 12 controls. Wish I had worn leg coverings, but otherwise, lots of fun!

Running warm up/down 6:34 [1] 0.5 mi (13:08 / mi) +5m 12:44 / mi
shoes: Red Fish

Jogged around in the sloppiness with Sandy to cool down (for me), while Sandy stretched her legs some since she had walked just a portion of the model.

Thursday Mar 7, 2013 #


A planned day off work which I spent rearranging stuff in my two suitcases and two carry on bags. About 180 pounds of stuff to get to the airport. Taking the show on the road via plane is hard!

After a bit of debate, Roger drove me to the airport, and Sandy met me there. She waited outside of security so that she could give me a hand getting my bags checked, etc.

Then off to the gate. Plane left a little late, which did not help my greater than usual uneasiness about flying. But, everything went well, and I was happy to be in Kansas, in place for the weekend's event.

Had dinner and stopped by Dick's to pick up the three new projector's that I had shipped there.

Off to the hotel after that.

Wednesday Mar 6, 2013 #


A huge snowstorm was predicted for the WDC area today. The federal government and all area schools were closed.

Perfect timing - between naps, I used the entire day to pack for the trip to Kansas tomorrow.

And after the massive snow had stopped falling, I measured the how much there was on the back deck. I didn't need to medal in the Long - the Short was more than enough.

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