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Training Log Archive: rcro

In the 7 days ending Feb 10, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  O - Planning1 1:45:00 4.97(21:07) 8.0(13:08) 150
  Running1 59:24 6.65(8:56) 10.71(5:33) 200
  Orienteering1 58:31 4.14(14:08) 6.66(8:47) 225
  Total3 3:42:55 15.76(14:08) 25.37(8:47) 575
averages - sleep:5.8 weight:72.9kg

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Sunday Feb 10, 2013 #

Orienteering race (Devon Hound Tor) 58:31 [3] 6.66 km (8:47 / km) +225m 7:31 / km
slept:6.0 shoes: inov8 Mudclaw300 Yellow1

Devon League event on Hound Tor/Hay Tor. 5.3km blue course.

Potentially a nice event but ruined as typical from Devon. Finished wondering how the hell they used controls sites next to huge unmapped cliffs!

Took paths as much as I could in to 1, going slow over rocks to preserve ankle. Moment I left the paths it was horizontal brambles placed perfectly to catch your feet - tripped over twice being decided there was no way I could run through it. Wanted to go straight to 2 but marsh looked very dodgy so went up and around. Map unclear at 2 - control between two crags but it was not between the only two crags mapped in the circle but was half way up one...

Bit lucky with 5 as saw someone punch from some distance away. Bit off at 7 as map a little deficient. Feature was a boulder in an area mapped as boulder field and not sure it was in right place. Worked out where to go and lost only 30s or so.

Long leg to 8 - went straight through the marsh and came out on the path where I expected. Cut across the rough and ended up at the top of a 10m high cliff with a stream underneath. No mapped cliff between path and stream so assumed I must have gone off the map. Went along and found more cliff and kept going until I realised that this cliff did not end and I would have to go down somepoint. Turns out I was on the map when I hit the cliff - almost exactly in the centre of the circle, just on the wrong side of the feature. Not helped by the control not being put in the right place - based on the mapped bend in the stream it was getting on 100m too far NW, but it felt a lot further. Punched the control, crossed the stream and tried to run through the white on the other side. It was impenetrable and I had to back out and go round.

Then a bit fed up for the rest of the course. Gorse ok into 11, not nice coming out. 11-12 the only runnable bit of course and was entirely into a headwind. Ran straight through the mapped huge bush after 12 as though it wasn't there... Hurdled the gate at 13 as had a sign saying we must not open it or climb over.

Paths unuseable for nav towards the end but found pond with no problem. Then just before 15 got properly tripped by bramble and jarred my neck a bit as I landed. Could see 16 as climbing hill out from 15 - didn't look to be the right place according to map but wasn't wanting to bother interpreting all the black dots - went to it in hope it was correct and it was.

Cannot believe the cliff was not mapped at all at 8 - not even a form line. Duncan and Mark reassuringly in agreement.

Not happy with entry fees either. Flyer said £5, they charged £6 - apparently as a consequence of the new BOF levy. They've known about the new arrangements for some months so how hard could it have been to have put up an updated flyer on the website? Might also need to have some words about them refusing to offer student discount - I'm sure this is something we agreed with SWOA via Erik Peckett two years ago as standard.

Saturday Feb 9, 2013 #

O - Planning (Cannop planning) 1:45:00 [1] 8.0 km (13:08 / km) +150m 12:00 / km
slept:6.0 weight:72.4kg shoes: inov8 Roclite295 (2)

Marking sites in Cannop for WNL. Wyedean rally going on so lots of cars everywhere and parking officials seemed to be scaring other people away (including me) from going into the car park by the Ponds. Result was that I saw only three other people in all the time I was out marking sites.

Have now settled on the main car park for start/finish as the other one I considered was too small. Have marked all the non-trivial sites and they seem to be useable without needing any modification. Lost a good 5 mins trying to find one high scorer, another couple on another and found a third where the map isn't quite right on the feature but I was led to the same point when attacking from various different angles. Will have to hang a few quite high...

Didn't appreciate quite how poor the Cannop map is in places for showing where the gradient changes sharply - found my self descending an almost sheer slope on two occasions and the contours didn't suggest anything of the sort! At least will not affect finding the controls.

They've done a fair amount of thinning on the west and top side of the map - far more brashings now than back in December and a lot of extraction tracks. Some bits, however, much more runnable than I've ever remembered previously.

Finished off by testing the quality of the food at the Rising Sun.

Tuesday Feb 5, 2013 #

Running (BOK training run) 59:24 [3] 10.71 km (5:33 / km) +200m 5:04 / km
slept:5.5 weight:73.3kg shoes: Saucony Powergrid Triumph 9

BOK training run around Ashton Court with new guy Paul.

Was all too far and too fast for me tonight - still not recovered from the weekend.

Split off from the slower runners at the top of the zig-zag so not much hanging around. Didn't like going through the bottom field and it knackered me for the last hill.

Suffering some blister problems by the end.

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