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Training Log Archive: Linear Ice

In the 7 days ending Dec 3, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteer3 4:28:04 17.1(15:41) 27.52(9:44) 290
  Total3 4:28:04 17.1(15:41) 27.52(9:44) 290

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Sunday Dec 2, 2012 #

Orienteer race (Ultralong champs) 2:39:04 [3] 9.5 mi (16:45 / mi) +290m 15:18 / mi
shoes: Asics Speedstar 6

Was pouring down rain, so my prep consisted of taking clothing on and off to try to get the right combination of warmth and settled on short sleeved jersey only.... but suddenly it was start time. I wasn't ready mentally.
I was scatterbrained and at the back, so I used the strategy that worked for me in the past..... follow the pack, keep an eye on the map,pick a route and get dragged along to at least the first control and maybe the second.
Except.... this time the terrain wasn't quite as conducive to dragging; after entering the woods on the twisty indistinct trail, I couldn't see a string of runners. I did see a few just ahead of me.
After a while, I just didn't like the direction they were headed so I headed a bit more left. But then all around me there were red runners and no green runners.... I even asked a few to be sure. Shhht. I guess I had to fall back to reading the manual and paying attention. Figured it out and I wasn't really that far off, just panicked a bit early. Lost time, of course. I can see how lemmings end up jumping off a cliff and dying (but why does the first one do it?)
2 direct (and by now I was back amongst green people so while I did my own thing, I also had people ahead punching)
3 followed the trail, all the away around both reentrants. Saw my MNOC greens again (Mike, Molly, Julia) and maprunner, others too.
4. Bad orienteering again, and followed Bruce and Lenny from CAOC in the distance, maprunner near me, and watched where I was going with a planned route, and we ALL were too far south and hit the road. Took the long trail back towards 4 (I will get my map scanned and gps) and then Bruce (behind me) yelled we'd surely gone to far, and I listened to him, we went back to the road, then NO... back down the trail and got it. Stupid stupid.
5. Two Fig Newtons. Yum. Ate them quick before the rain could disintegrate them.
6. Road east to path, path to small pond, pond to 6. Spike. Wow? really? Did that one well.
7. Not too hard, except I got caught in pricker bushes a lot. Hit my catching feature (the road) but not too unhappy about that... another good leg.
8. Took the paths the whole way to the big re-entrant, passing both water stops and having Gatorade at the second. No problem here, saw the MNOC people so knew I was falling further behind, but maybe not as bad as I had feared.
9. Pretty easy and nice run. Used ditch on trail as attackpoint
10. Path back to the water stop, and then decided to traverse both (no three!) ravines and just mostly beeline it to 10. This is where I saw the lead blue runners. Biz always seems so casual and intense at the same time "hiya Erin, how's it going?" as he bounds by. Tom was blasting just behind.... "Which way did Biz go?!" and others quitely slipped down and then quietly escaped over the top. I mostly just oozed down the hillside and then had to grab limbs and slowly lift myself back out. Then 100m through brambles. Whole thing took a while, but made it to 10 at about the same time the path runners did and I had been getting a little tired of myself for taking so many trails.
11. This time I went AROUND the starfish re-entrants, attacked from vegetation boundary and spiked 11.
12 I could not believe how long this leg was. I kept looking at my compass, wondering if it broke for a few minutes again, kept looking to make sure map was oriented correctly. I must have gone 2 miles before finally hitting the path, about 150 meters off. Took a few minutes to figure out which way to head (figured it out by heading the wrong way first) but then no problem to 12, 13, finish.

I don't think it was my orienteering that got me the gold; I think that my strategy was really what nailed it for me.
Strategy for Winning a National Championship
1. Pick a niche sport
2. Pick a sub-category of the sport (Night-O, Maze-O, Ultralong)
3. Tell any runner who wants to run F21+ that that is a BRILLIANT idea
4. Tell any runner who is in F55 who wants to run down that that is a TERRIBLE idea
5. Get to the event and enter it and hope that you make less mistakes than your other competitor.
For me, I needed one final step.....
6. Finish and don't MisPUNCH!

I liked the course quite a bit. I thought it offered some challenges and some good route choices. I saw other competitors at controls, but not too much out when we were picking routes so we must have gone different ways.
The whole meet was a lot of fun. Thanks so much, to Mike and Guy and cedarcreek, and others I'm sure.

Saturday Dec 1, 2012 #

Orienteer race (Relay Yellow) 21:00 [3] 2.2 mi (9:33 / mi)
shoes: Icebug Acceleritas-L

My first yellow leg, on the MNOC White relay team which consisted of Julia (orange) then me, Jim Mullin (Brown) and Mike Carlson (Green)

Julia ran a fast orange; especially the first half where it was pretty thrilling to hear that she was in the lead for 12 point teams when they popped into view about half way through the course. Must have irritated the other teams, because they fought back a bit, and Julia had a rare mind-block near the finish, so we were slightly behind when I went.
I was SO glad to be running yellow, because I may be one of the least consistent runners I know, I'm out of shape, sick, and wanted to make sure I didn't have a huge error. Which I didn't. In fact, I've had many 300 m legs on courses that were longer than my total time on this one.
I did not run perfectly by any means, took a couple of "short cuts" that got me stuck in some fairly unrunnable areas, and walked up the big hills which shouldn't be necessary on a 2.2 k course. So I ended up with over 21 minutes, but it was good enough to put us in the lead.
The advanced courses turned out to be fairly grueling and difficult and burrful; Jim Mullin and Mike Carlson put in strong efforts, but some of the other teams put in great times and we ended up with chocolate chip cookies (really awesome ones that Dana made) instead of medals. I think that made us all plenty happy; really really great to be around MNOC people and actually have a couple of relay teams too.
Even going out for chili afterwards. :-)

Friday Nov 30, 2012 #

7 PM

Orienteer race (Night O Champs) 1:28:00 [3] 5.4 mi (16:18 / mi)
shoes: Asics Speedstar 6

My results came back with another mp. Which made me say "huh?" because I really really checked every single control to make sure that my clue sheet and the control matched.
Except.... as it turns out, at the water stop. (thanks, maprunner, for pointing out there were two water stops near each other.) Then it all came back to me. My thoughts at the water stop were:
"Punch first, then drink"
"don't drink out of the water jug." (not that I do, but I also think "don't shoplift" when there's cameras in a store and I don't shoplift either and after all the talk on AP about drinking for water jugs, I already felt guilty for something I wasn't planning on doing.)
then "good thing I'm not planning on drinking from the water jug, I could get everyone sick with my cold"
then "wow, I'm only the second cup here... that's cool, I must be doing okay" (I was in the third start group, but this was the fifth control).
But what I never thought.... was CHECK the control code. So that's the one I mispunched.
Rest of course:
2 easy enough which was nice for an early night control
3 I recall hitting that one okay, although looking at it now it looks a wee bit lucky
4 ran for the big road, which seemed a really really long way away, then just went around the dark green, into the re-entrant and no problem. I think I also so Mike Carlson coming out around there.
5 okay, bad me
6 got a little distracted on the trail to six..... but ended up back on track soon enough and found it without too much trouble and by then there seemed to be a pack of red runners and green runners around (most of this course was blissfully and a bit worrisomely dark and lonely)
7-8-9 just pay attention
10 not a problem
11 was horrendous. I didn't go far enough to 11 or high enough, then wandered around in circles, debating whether to go back to 10 back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and eventually cheated a little and saw where someone else went and said SHOOT I should have pace counted I was on the right track. Hated my orienteering self a bit here.
12 Crossed road, took path to near trail bend and cut in to the control
13 Wandered around for quite a while, I think a couple of gullies too early. Saw Ian Smith (I think?) whip by on the lower path, and thought maybe I'd follow him for a bit (I know, this makes no sense) and then looked up the gully to the left and saw the control.
14 was a little low, then went up high and saw a rat's nest of people who just also found the punch and went to join them
15 took the trail, mostly, just wanting to be done without another boom
and really really had a good time. Great course, not too impossibly hard for a Night-O and still lots of terrain to cover. Not really sure of my time.
I should have gps track and I'll add that and map later this week.

HA> just ran across this photo on OCINs site, and I think it proves that YES, I do typically check control codes. Although this was from NAOC middle I think.

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