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Training Log Archive: possum

In the 7 days ending May 13, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 4:43:27 4.97(57:01) 8.0(35:26) 25518 /34c52%
  Total3 4:43:27 4.97(57:01) 8.0(35:26) 25518 /34c52%

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Sunday May 12, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 2:04:51 [4] *** 4.1 km (30:27 / km) +120m 26:34 / km
spiked:7/13c shoes: INOV8 Bare Grips

The long race today at Camp Wakpominee started with a 500 m walk to the registration area, then a 1200 m walk to the start.

Today was not as technical, but it was a physical challenge. I messed up on 2, and had to search, then tripped on a rock and broke my magnifier off. I spent several minutes looking for the broken part and found it, but will need to order a new one when I get home on Monday.

No. 3 was my biggest problem. I was following the map well, but came to a trail short of where the control should be. It even had trail markers on it, but I couldn't find it on the map, so I wasted a bunch of time going back and forth on it, to see what I was missing. Finally, I decided to disregard it and go back to finding my control. I also messed up on the 4-5 leg--not because of not finding it, but making a very bad route choice and ending up in a marsh which almost sucked my shoes off. I got pretty tired trying to get out of there.

The good news is that I was strong physically, and I learned a lot about making better route choices.

Super fun weekend, and the opportunity to have much different terrain than we get in the midwest.

Saturday May 11, 2013 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 2:00:47 [5] *** 2.1 km (57:31 / km) +95m 46:54 / km
spiked:2/9c shoes: INOV8 Bare Grips

We had a 1.6 uphill walk to the start, then after the finish, a 1.6 km walk downhill, in addition to the race.

The middle race at Moreau Lake. This was a disaster for me. I had not raced on this technical type of terrain, so I knew I would need to go slowly and read the map carefully. Unfortunately, the sprinkle at the start turned into a downpour, and I couldn't use my magnifier most of the time, so I couldn;t read the map.

On control 2, I looked and looked, finally ended up at no. 7, and went back to 2. I recognized the terrain, and knew I had been there before and missed the flag.

Carefully making my way to no. 3, I passed about 10 feet from a flag, but it was in a marsh and I was looking for a reentrant, so I didn't check the code. After about 10-12 minutes of searching, I decided to relocate, and again went by the flag, but this time I looked and it was mine!

I did spike nos. 1 and 5, then tried to get to 6, which I never found. In retrospect, I think I just didn't go quite far enough and stopped one small marsh early. I then found 8, was running out of time with the 2-hr limit, and hit 9 and came on in. Very disappointing.

Friday May 10, 2013 #

2 PM

Orienteering race 37:49 [4] *** 1.8 km (21:01 / km) +40m 18:55 / km
spiked:9/12c shoes: Skechers GoRunS

Sprint race at Camp Wakpominee. Probably should have worn my O shoes, but with my foot problems wore my running shoes. Great terrain, and a good map. I made two major errors: controls 3 and 8. At 3, I started one direction, then changed my mind. Better policy to make a good decision first and stay with it. On 8, I didn't know the clue symbol and again, made a poor route choice decision.

The good part was actually running some of it, and not having breathe problems. I should have done better.

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