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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending May 15, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  orienteering2 3:09:33 11.26(16:50) 18.12(10:28) 1861
  road running3 1:49:48 12.73(8:37) 20.49(5:21) 547
  biking1 48:22 12.55(3:51) 20.2(2:24) 301
  Total6 5:47:43 36.54(9:31) 58.81(5:55) 2709
averages - rhr:55 weight:132.6lbs

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Thursday May 15, 2014 #


Seems like we are on again for next Wednesday evening.

One of the nice things about doing this is the simplicity. Just one course. Don't worry about punching. Makes it easy.

On the other hand, the locals who are coming out are all athletic, so they seem to both be taking it seriously and having a good time. Thanks to Amy Lane for being our primary recruiter.

It also seems like many of them already have their weekends full with races of some sort, so it's easier for them to come midweek. Which can be done this time of year.

And they haven't yet learned how to complain. :-)

8 AM

road running 26:42 [3] 2.97 mi (8:59 / mi) +246ft 8:20 / mi
weight:132lbs shoes: Brooks something-or-others

Short outing, all I had time for. Then the dentist (no cavities, for once), then drive to Virginia, stopping at a very nice restaurant in Havre de Grace for a quick dinner.

Wednesday May 14, 2014 #

10 AM

road running 46:20 [3] 5.43 mi (8:32 / mi) +226ft 8:12 / mi
rhr:54 weight:132.5lbs shoes: pegasus #3

Getting back into the habit of running. Around both Sugarloafs from the S. Sugarloaf parking lot. Legs feeling little better.

4 PM

orienteering 45:40 [2] 2.43 mi (18:47 / mi) +536ft 15:33 / mi
shoes: brooks #2 lighter

Hanging controls for Wednesday training #4, this time at Earl's Trails. Just one course, 3.4 km, called "intermediate," nice not to have to live up to any predefined standards associated with the color scheme. And it seemed that everyone was just glad to be able to do some orienteering. And not at all concerned whether the course was too easy or too hard or maybe just right compared to what it might supposed to be.

Liberating…. :-)

Had about a dozen people. Very nice. And then Ken Sr., arriving late, picked them all up, so didn't have to go back out. Thanks!

And one of the guys beat Phil, much to his dismay. :-) Beat me too, though I have the slight excuse I was hanging them.

Legs were not so bad.

And then a very pleasant dinner afterwards with Phil and Steve and Gail. Makes it a proper training.

Tuesday May 13, 2014 #

10 AM

road running 36:46 [3] 4.33 mi (8:29 / mi) +75ft 8:21 / mi
rhr:55 weight:132lbs shoes: pegasus #3

Roads in town. Felt like I hadn't run in a long time and not sure how the legs would feel. A bit of a struggle, but not as bad as I feared.

Monday May 12, 2014 #


There will be another Wednesday evening O' training, this time at Earl's Trails, starting from the end of Chmura Road.

3 PM

biking 48:22 [2] 12.55 mi (3:51 / mi) +301ft 3:46 / mi

Meant to go longer but seemed to be lacking in energy, enthusiasm. So cut it short. See, I'm not always stupid. :-)

Not really sore after yesterday, just tired. Heel is still tender, but no worse. So time to start running again, at least modestly. And then hope for cool weather on the 25th.


And in the meantime, a trip to DC for my OCS (Officer Candidate School in combat engineering) reunion, 46 years after the fact. In relation to which, I got a small package in the mail a while ago, thought it was some token with regard to the reunion so I didn't open it right away. Finally opened it a couple of days ago, had a note and a rather small container inside.

Opened the latter first. It was an old-fashined compass contained in a circular brass case, unscrew the case and a compass inside. And engraved on the outside was "To: Lt. P. Gagarin. Best 1Sgt ever. Lt. R. Harris."

A bit of the back story. At OCS part of the training was in leadership, and so we each got a turn, or several turns, at the various positions. So for our platoon of about 40 there was a platoon leader, the one in charge, and a first sergeant, second in command, and four squad leaders.

I got named first sergeant for the second week there. They do everything they can to pile on the stress. You try to keep your head above water. I remember being glad to be chosen rather early in the process, a chance to stand out a bit. And I remember doing what I thought was a pretty good job for the week.

The problem is, for the life of me I don't remember R (Roger) Harris. Was he platoon leader that same week? Did I save his butt a few times?

Getting the compass seems to be both a wonderful thing, a memory on his part that way back in my early 20s, when I had little self-confidence and in general a poor self-image, that to someone else I seemed to have my act together so much that all these years later he has gone to such trouble to thank me.

And yet it is also such a sad thing, because I do not remember. Not at all. Not a clue who Roger is, or any memory of him at OCS, nor any memory of most everyone else there. It is just gone.

You want to hug the guy for the gesture. You also want to cry.

I expect it to be an interesting weekend.

Sunday May 11, 2014 #


Billygoat map. Skipped #1. Other candidates were 11, 15, 18.

11 AM

orienteering 2:23:53 [3] 8.83 mi (16:18 / mi) +1325ft 14:16 / mi
weight:134.5lbs shoes: pegasus #3

Billygoat at Baldwin Hill, presented very nicely by JJ. Other than the fact that it was on the warm side -- not hot, but definitely warm -- but I won't fault him for that. Very interesting and varied course, controls properly hung, lots of choices, couldn't ask for more.

Not a bad run. Navigation was good for the most part, despite really struggling to read the contours on the map. They were a little lighter brown than usual, but mainly my eyes are just getting a lot worse. Just a couple of small errors, recovered from both nicely, but always the sense that it would have been a lot easier were I able to access all the info on the map. (And I have a magnifier on my compass, use it some, but it disappeared somewhere in the first half of the course.)

Energy level ranged from OK at the start to tired before very long, to really tired after a while, to at the end barely able to keep moving forward unless it was gently downhill. Would have been very happy to have been done an hour earlier.

Company from Ernst on and off throughout the course, surprised to see him again at 12 as I thought he was gone for good. Also from Kseniya from 3 to 10, but then she ran away from me. Also from Balter for a little bit around 6-9, I assumed he had not skipped, but in fact he had. Also from Tim Parson and David Onkst from 12 on.

So struggling to keep up with Ernst and David and Tim from 12 in, managing for a long time, helped by a couple of better executions (at 17, and the route to 19) to catch back up, and failing finally only on the hill up to 21 where just keeping up a modest walk was all I could manage and they steadily pulled away. But I still took some satisfaction from making the effort.

But totally totally wasted by the finish.

Though it seemed the effort was good enough for 15th overall, 13th guy. Best in a long time. Makes a difference not having a dozen cadets in front of me.

Seemed like the course was harder than average, mainly because the terrain at Baldwin Hill demands precise navigation and offers few trails to speed one's passage. And the warm weather took its toll. But nice to see a bunch of runners making it in under 3:30. That is an accomplishment no matter what the year. And this year, even more so.

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