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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 7 days ending Oct 21, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:57:15 8.2(21:37) 13.2(13:26) 42851c
  Road running2 1:30:00 10.4(8:39) 16.74(5:23)
  Total5 4:27:15 18.6(14:22) 29.94(8:56) 42851c

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Sunday Oct 21, 2012 #

Orienteering race 21:06 [4] *** 2.2 km (9:35 / km) +43m 8:44 / km
16c shoes: Icebug olx

NAOC Sprint Green-X. I'm not much of a sprinter. I can run fast, but I think too slowly. I could see it on the 7-8 leg. From 7 I drifted a little east and came out of the woods on the trail in front of the two buildings. Then had to stop, look at the map, look at the building, look at the map, look at the other building, and finally they clicked into place. Why did that take so long? And why didn't I anticipate the buildings and get ready for them?

Aside from pauses to think, there was one gross error on 5. I meant to go all the way around the yurts and take the obvious trail to the control, but I got off the road early on a vague trail that eventually took me around through the swampy area to the junction just north of the control. Had no idea where I was, so I headed north until I saw the yurts, reversed direction again, and ran to the control. Ow.

An o.k. run, could have been much better.

Saturday Oct 20, 2012 #

Orienteering race 1:23:55 [4] *** 7.3 km (11:30 / km) +270m 9:42 / km
16c shoes: Icebug olx

NAOC Long Green-Z. This was much better than yesterday. The weather was fine, as were the map and terrain. Not much of a warm-up, and nervous on the first control, overran to the trail bend and tracked back in. Settled down after that and navigated well to 2, 3, 4, 5. On the long leg to 6, I went way east, picked up the E-W stone wall, followed it to the N-S stone wall, then trail, stream, and wall again. Just before the road I waded knee-deep (slow), then up through the rough open to the thin ridge with the rock line on top. From there to the corner of the stone walls, attack point. Came straight to the reentrant but stopped short and, seeing no control, headed downhill to the swamp, then back up and saw the further reentrant. Too bad, a couple of minutes wasted there on what was otherwise a good leg.

No further problems, got the overall best time on the short steep climb from 10 to 11 (hey, climbing is what I do best!). On the long leg to 15, I came back around the hill and down around W side of the lake the way I had come in, got on the road and ran it hard over the little ridge and then back in to the control. Second best time on that leg.

Finished 4th overall, 2 seconds out of 3rd place. Bit of a disappointment there, of course, but a fine run nevertheless.

Friday Oct 19, 2012 #

Orienteering race 1:12:14 [3] *** 3.7 km (19:31 / km) +115m 16:54 / km
19c shoes: Icebug olx

NAOC Middle Green-Z. Pretty much a disaster. Mispunched twice, one of which was way off course. A lot of my trouble was due to inability to read the map, which in turn was due to pouring rain, and when there wasn't rain, dark clouds and low light. For example, on the 1st control, I wasn't careful on the attack from the trail, and came to the wrong boulder. I searched the map for another boulder, but never saw it. Back in the hotel, even without my glasses I could see the boulder right at the edge of the circle, but not out in the forest where it mattered.

The other problem was bad compass work. I don't know why, but my bearings were off. Coming down the hill from No. 2, I got onto the wrong stone wall and followed it into the field until I saw a rootstock. Dark green prevented a correction, so it was back out to the trail and the right stone wall. Biggest problem of all came on No. 12, where I crossed the big stony ridge way north of where I should have been, searched some nearby rock features all hung with controls, found one I hadn't seen before and punched it. Careless, but my rough bearing was at least 20 deg. off and but for that it wouldn't have happened. Second mispunch came in the complex area off of the arena. I couldn't see the map detail at all, so took bearings, and they were off too.

Lousy performance in what should have been fun terrain.

Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 #

12 PM

Road running 44:00 [3] 5.2 mi (8:28 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 2

Easy run on GSFC perimeter road. No run tomorrow.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012 #


Signed up for the Cardinal 5k on 11/10. Doesn't necessarily rule out the Stumble the next day, but it would be a busy weekend. Also thinking about the Bethesda Turkey Chase on T-day.
12 PM

Road running 46:00 [3] 5.2 mi (8:51 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 2

Easy run on GSFC perimeter road.

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