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Training Log Archive: cedarcreek

In the 7 days ending Oct 9, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:15:18 5.8(12:59) 9.33(8:04) 160
  Course set-check-pick1 39:05 1.49(26:11) 2.4(16:16) 56
  Walking2 21:56 0.66 1.06 5
  Cycling1 20:00
  AMT or Elliptical Trainer1 10:00
  Total4 2:46:19 7.95 12.79 221

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Sunday Oct 9, 2011 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:15:18 [4] *** 9.33 km (8:04 / km) +160m 7:26 / km
shoes: Nike Trail (Blue)

A fun Green course at Camp Stonybrook GSA, set by Mike Minium.

It's getting harder to do new things at Stonybrook, but this course did okay---it had some interesting challenges. Most importantly, it wasn't all terribly green. There was a nice mix of open woods, fields, and of course, the honeysuckle.

I kept seeing people I haven't seen in a while, and it just made me smile.
3 PM

Course set-check-pick 39:05 [1] *** 2.4 km (16:16 / km) +56m 14:34 / km
shoes: Nike Trail (Blue)

Picking up a few controls from the south of the map. I'm still shaking my head how much fun I had Sunday.

Incendies (1): The translation from French is "Fire", and the movie is partly set in Quebec. This is a movie based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad. I have a working hypothesis that movies based on plays have more ability to shock than other movies. I don't know if it is because film traditionally had an ethic of self-censorship or business-censorship and plays were cheaper to produce and producers were willing to risk shocking viewers, but it just seems like a lot of these adapted plays have hardcore emotional hooks that survive the movie-making process. Sweeney Todd is an obvious example of balancing unspeakable horror with believable characters who are surviving in a city that eats its dead, but even something tame like Oklahoma has themes of rape and murder through Jud Fry. Incendies is surprisingly watchable with just a little serious violence, but it really punches you in the gut a few times. I heard two reviews of this movie, and both reviewers felt the "reveal" was gimmicky. I didn't, but I don't have finely-tuned critical reviewing skillz. I'm still digesting the ending, but whether I decide I like the ending or I don't, the rest of the movie makes seeing it completely worthwhile.

Thursday Oct 6, 2011 #

12 PM

Walking 11:56 [1] 1.06 km (11:17 / km) +5m 11:02 / km

Short walk between buildings at work. Fired up the GPS because I had it with me. Not sharing the map---sorry.
9 PM


Stopped by Dick Arnett's after dinner to make squished PVC pipe base mounts for BSF8 SI control boxes. These are for the upcoming A-meet in St. Louis. There are 65 of them---I just put the base in approximately the right spot---these have no screws holding the base to the PVC:

Squished PVC pipe used to mount SportIdent BSF8 control unit bases for orienteering

The last time we made these there was complex cutting required, and we had to use four hands to open the soft pipe before squishing it. I wasn't happy with those---they deflect too much when people punch. These are simpler to make---you just heat up the pipe and squish it in the fixture which is held in a vise. No cutting beforehand. It's quicker to make, simpler, and should be much stiffer than the first batch.

When I first mounted SI bases to PVC pipe, I just screwed the bases to round cut lengths of PVC pipe (schedule 40 1/2 inch---which is called 1/2 inch but is bigger than that). That way is hard on the bases because twisting the PVC out of the stand fitting takes a lot of torque, and it all goes through a small area in the base at the two holes. The screws always loosen, and you break a base occasionally. Squishing the pipe lets me use machine screws with locknuts, and the preload holds the base against a large flat section of the flattened pipe. This lets you twist the pipe (not the base) with your fingers and greatly reduces the loads going through the expensive (about $4) and fragile base. It stays tighter and doesn't flop when you punch it. And ignoring the labor (volunteer), each is made from less than ten cents of PVC.

Had camera on wrong setting, so it's just a little image. That's all there is.

And! I got my ARDF logo fleece finally! w00t! I ordered it maybe in January or February, and shipping it from Australia to me was going to almost double to price of the jacket. So I got two radio orienteers who were going to the Region 3 championships to hand-carry it back and mail it to me from the US---I owe them a really big thank you. (The shipping cost me $10---from Australia it was about $40, I think.) And I also owe a big thank you to Marta in Australia for keeping it so long and being a good sport about it---Thank you so much. It's great. (Dick wants one next time you order them.)

ARDF Fleece Jacket with logo

Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 #

9 PM

Cycling 20:00 [3]

Trainer at the gym.

AMT or Elliptical Trainer 10:00 [3]

Walking 10:00 [1]

Then 8 minutes in the steam. Wow, that's awesome.

Bought an Oreck at Costco. Actually 2 Orecks---an upright, and a funky little cannister for the edges where the upright doesn't get---It's sold as a set. All I've got to say is, the Oreck is amazing. I had no idea vacuum cleaners could be this good. It's lightweight, simple---I've already had the head apart because of a ton of crap under a bed. When I bought it at Costco on Saturday, there was a Dyson salesman there demonstrating the Dyson, which is over $100 more than the 2 Orecks. A lot of what Dyson says makes sense to me with my day-to-day interest in aerodynamics and turbomachinery. But the Dyson marketing overall just leaves me skeptical. And honestly, I want all that dirt in a bag. The Orecks are just simple, well-built machines that are competitively priced, with a good dealer network and easy availability of spare parts. I see them all the time in hotels. The rug/carpet performance is amazing. I'm still not so sure about the hard floor performance---I've got a lot of tile with an uneven surface---It definitely works, but it stumbles on pea-sized hard particles such as popcorn kernels, pea gravel, peanuts. And you have to go around the edges with the small cannister (it does have a long handle and all the normal accessories---*plus* a small, furniture-sized spinning beater head that uses the suction power to spin the brush head. And the cannister is small and lightweight, with a totally pain free bag replacement procedure.) My old vacuum was really bad on carpet, and this is so easy. So far---I'm really happy with this purchase. (I will also say that like any vacuum cleaner---You have to read the manual and actually maintain it and clean it when it needs it.)

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