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Training Log Archive: Bash

In the 7 days ending Feb 11, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  XC Skiing - Classic2 2:22:35 9.78(4.1/h) 15.74(6.6/h) 276
  Snowshoe Orienteering1 1:00:00 3.88(15:27) 6.25(9:36) 160
  Strength & Mobility1 10:00
  Total4 3:32:35 13.67 21.99 436
averages - sleep:5.8

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Saturday Feb 10, 2018 #

10 AM

Snowshoe Orienteering race 1:00:00 intensity: (20:00 @4) + (40:00 @5) 6.25 km (9:36 / km) +160m 8:31 / km
slept:6.25 shoes: Salomon XR Crossmax CS pink/gr

O Cup #4 UKR
Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

Wow, this race was educational - but not in the way one might guess.

I helped 'Bent get on his way to his volunteer dental mission in Guatemala yesterday, which meant a lot of help with last minute details followed by an evening of white knuckle driving to and from the airport in heavy snow. I'm proud of him but a little worried about their small plane flight within Guatemala (this turned out to be a bus ride and they’ve arrived - yay!) and the riverboat dental clinic in an area with malaria, dengue fever and maybe (or maybe not) crocodiles.

Today was snowy again so the driving wasn't great. I had to get things ready for the house/dog sitter and I still need to do most of my packing for my own flight to Arizona early tomorrow morning.

However, I thought I was totally cool with all of this until I started orienteering this morning. It's not uncommon for me to take a control or two to get a feel for a map, especially with a different scale (1:5,000). I'm pretty good at staying focused after an error and fixing whatever I did wrong. But from start to finish, this was chicken-with-head-cut-off navigation and I couldn't make it better. I knew what was happening and I wasn't able to do anything about it. Thinking back on it, I had a couple of cups of extra strong coffee shortly before the race and I wonder if I was super-caffeinated in addition to everything else.

My grand finale was racing into the finish from the wrong direction, then realizing I'd missed the last control. Luckily, they let me go back out to get it. I returned to the last control I'd visited so I would do the route to the finish properly. Looking at the GPS track and adding on the extra time for my 2nd run (no GPS track), I can count 20 minutes of errors out of 60 minutes of running - and that's ignoring small inefficiencies.

Wow. It felt like getting a lab test indicating that I'm sick but I didn't realize it until that moment. Apparently I’m pretty stressed out. Anyway, it was a super fun course on a beautiful wintry day. I was one of the few people to use snowshoes and I really enjoyed them although it was still lots of work in the fresh snow. I was leading the O Cup Series but today ended my short time at the top in spectacular fashion!

Thanks to Eugenius and Ihor for all their hard work in snowy weather to give us a fun time. Now to get back to packing.

Friday Feb 9, 2018 #


Thursday Feb 8, 2018 #

4 PM

XC Skiing - Classic (Ungroomed) 1:02:04 [3] 7.43 km (7.2 kph) +131m
slept:6.25 (sick)

Another beautiful sunset ski around Palgrave West, this time accompanied by AdventureDog. Some of yesterday's tracks had drifted in but a lot of the route was in great shape. If I'd had grip along with my glide, it would have been perfect!

Palgrave West seems to be attracting a better class of hiker this winter. Dogs sometimes step in our ski tracks but most of the humans walk to one side where we - and others - have made snowshoe tracks. 'Bent didn't even have to put up his polite signs this year.

Still battling a mild cold and hoping it won't go any further. All the activities in Arizona next week will be tough if I'm sick - especially the grand finale of a 60K trail run.

Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 #

4 PM

XC Skiing - Classic (Ungroomed) 1:20:31 [3] 8.32 km (6.2 kph) +145m
slept:7.0 (sick)

Slow sunset ski around Palgrave West on a perfect winter evening. I broke a lot of trail through fluffy powder that spilled over the tops of my boots. In other places, I skied in tracks that were coated with fresh snow from earlier today. When I started, the sky had streaks of powder blue and soft pink. As I left the conservation area, this was the view from Thinker's Hill.

Whenever Dad presented a slide show or a set of vacation photos, he would conclude with a photo like this and say, "And as the sun sets slooooowly in the west..." I think of him often, especially at places like this.

Tuesday Feb 6, 2018 #

slept:6.0 (sick)

Coming down with a cold. Bad timing (not that there's such a thing as good timing!)

Monday Feb 5, 2018 #

Strength & Mobility (Foothab) 10:00 [1]

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