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Training Log Archive: martin(uk)

In the 12 days ending Jan 14, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering7 6:10:15 29.76(12:27) 47.89(7:44) 973
  Total7 6:10:15 29.76(12:27) 47.89(7:44) 973
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Sunday Jan 13, 2013 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 46:53 intensity: (1 @0) + (41 @1) + (16:42 @2) + (13:20 @3) + (16:09 @4) 4.89 km (9:36 / km) +192m 8:01 / km
ahr:160 max:174

Oceania Festival Day 7, The Slump, M45A. DNF.

This race was squeezed in between the World Cup Prologue and the World Cup Chasing Start races on the same area, so had to be over quickly. The organisers chose to make it a mass start, without gaffling, with all classes on the same course starting at once.

On our course the M18s were the ones who went out fastest, and I went with them, ahead of Charlie, Bill, Eddie Wymer and others on M45. While that was great fun to start with (and I was 2nd on the course for some of the early controls) the pace took its toll, and I completely died! So much so that I could barely orientate the map, remember which control I had last been to, or work out where I was. It was ridiculously hot, the sun was strong, and I didn't need to finish in order to get an overall result (six scores out of seven), so retiring seemed like the best option.

Charlie won M45, and in doing so took 3rd overall in the Oceania competition, pushing me down to 4th. I was pleased with a top 5.

Saturday Jan 12, 2013 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:10:09 intensity: (3 @0) + (29 @1) + (16:55 @2) + (51:18 @3) + (1:24 @4) 7.99 km (8:47 / km) +293m 7:25 / km
ahr:162 max:176

Oceania Festival Day 6, Smedley, M45A. 6th.

Very hot, and a strange area with deep gulleys/streams surrounded by impassable cliffs. My start time 2 mins ahead of Al C-W, 4 mins ahead of Al Landells and 6 mins ahead of Charlie meant I was bound to see at least some of them. Got the route to #1 wrong, then got lost approaching the control, so no surprise to see Al C-W straight away who helped me find it. I expected him to run off and beat me by 10 minutes, but in fact he made some mistakes and overtook me at least a couple more times before the end of the course. Al Landells caught me at #14 and we ran together for the next 4, until all three of us came together at #18 which we all missed.

Thursday Jan 10, 2013 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:19:26 intensity: (21 @1) + (20:29 @2) + (57:54 @3) + (42 @4) 9.51 km (8:21 / km) +331m 7:07 / km
ahr:162 max:174

Oceania Festival Day 5, Ngatawhai, M45A. 13th.

A hot day and a tough steep area. I took it steady and was going reasonably well but took a poor route on the long leg, and also fell over a crag while doing it, which cost me 4 minutes. Luckily nothing broken, though I ripped the skin off a couple of fingers while trying in vain to stop myself slipping down the increasing steep rocky bank at the top of the crag.

The end of the course felt more like survival than racing - I was just pleased to finish, and not surprised that I was some way down the results

Tuesday Jan 8, 2013 #

3 PM

Orienteering race 16:50 [4] 3.0 km (5:37 / km) +100m 4:49 / km

Oceania Festival Day 4, Middle Earth (Wellington College), M45A. 5th.

A really varied Sprint area, starting on steep wooded hillside, and finishing in the complex Wellington College grounds. I should have been 90-120 seconds faster which would have got me 2nd place, but made a couple of small errors due to lack of concentration. I couldn't have done Al's time of just over 14 mins.

Sunday Jan 6, 2013 #

4 PM

Orienteering race 30:29 intensity: (1 @0) + (27 @1) + (2:47 @2) + (10:58 @3) + (16:16 @4) 4.18 km (7:17 / km) +4m 7:15 / km
ahr:167 max:175

Oceania Festival Day 3, Manga Pirau, M45A. 1st.

Another sand dunes area, but this time with a reasonable amount of the course in open dunes rather than forest. I got lucky! Rob Jessop came and introduced himself to me at the start (aparently we'd run against each other years ago at an OK Nuts Trophy race). Rob then started 2 minutes ahead of me, but blew the first control, so just as I was approaching it he was arriving from the opposite direction. He then sprinted off towards number 2, and I did my best to hang on to him. I managed to hang on, but only just - he was doing the navigation, and I was map reading only enough to know roughly where we were if it all went wrong.

On a leg through some crappy bushy stuff he took a different route and I got ahead, but I then hesitated and he came by again. He did finally break away at the end, to finish 20 seconds before me. Had I not got a tow, Rob would have won by a deecent margin.

Saturday Jan 5, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 1:18:13 intensity: (3:29 @1) + (29:28 @2) + (45:16 @3) 10.18 km (7:41 / km) +34m 7:34 / km
ahr:157 max:176

Oceania Festival Day 2, Osgiliath, M45A. 9th.

Another sand dunes area, and another good run apart from one control, which was really bad. This time I binned 7 minutes on the penultimate (#22), and dropped from 5th to 9th.

Friday Jan 4, 2013 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 48:15 intensity: (19 @1) + (1:54 @2) + (24:43 @3) + (21:19 @4) 8.15 km (5:55 / km) +19m 5:51 / km
ahr:168 max:177

Oceania Festival Day 1, Fusilier, M45A. 7th.

A nice sand-dunes area, with some low vis stuff near the coast. I was leading after 2 controls but managed to bin 4 minutes at #3, when I had spotted it would be difficult.

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