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Training Log Archive: the kempster

In the 7 days ending Nov 2, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  cycling4 7:30:00
  orienteering2 3:26:40 9.13 14.718c
  Total6 10:56:40 9.13 14.718c

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Friday Nov 2, 2007 #

Event: US Champs

orienteering warm up/down 35:00 [1]

Doing a quick run through of the sprint model map and then the warm-up run to the start.

orienteering (sprint) 19:40 [5] *** 2.7 km (7:17 / km)

Excellent race...except for the fist control. At the start, I kinda knew which way to go, so when I actually got my map, I just started running not really knowing where I was supposed to go after I got into the woods. Found my second control first without realizing it, then spent about 1min running from one parallel trail to another until I finally got my act together and found the control and then continued on from there. Thankfully, making that big mistake at the beginning didn't affect the rest of my race. Went around on the trail to 10 which was a mistake although when I first glanced at the map, it seemed like the best route from where I had come out on the trail from 9. The rest of the course was a piece of cake and I'm happy with where I placed (if only it wasn't for #1 :P)

orienteering 45:00 [1]

Checked out the model map for the classic event with my dad .

Thursday Nov 1, 2007 #

cycling (mountain) 2:30:00 [3]

Did a little bit of bike shopping in Syracuse and picked up 2 bikes, a pump, armour, a bike rack, and a spare tube all in one sweet deal! Then, within an hour, my dad and I were on the trails! Felt like I was going to some war though with my glasses, shin and knee armour, helmet, and gloves, though I must say that now I feel much safer rocketing over jumps and such. The first 2hrs were mostly on skate ski trails which wasn't too exciting and uber muddy! Even on the flats, it felt like we were slugging up a big slippery hill, but thankfully, the hills were pretty dry and we could manage on them alright. For the last little bit, we found this random single track with ramps and jumps and everything! It was like a mountain biking paradise in the middle of nowhere! Am very proud of myself for sticking it through the whole trail since parts of it were pretty challenging and I've never done anything like that before. Note: going backwards down a ramp is never a very good idea!

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007 #

(rest day)

Leaving for US Champs tomorrow morning and stopping in Syracuse for a city-wide search for mountain bikes!

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 #

cycling (road) 45:00 [3]

Biking to and from the house of my new tutee...(hmm, not sure if that's right, maybe it's just student.)

Monday Oct 29, 2007 #

cycling (mountain) 1:00:00 [2]

According to Dr. Dad, I should stay off my heel for this week so that it was a chance to un-inflammate for the US Champs. He also says to ice it a lot and to take twice as much Advil as the bottle prescribes, but I'm not so sure if the latter is a good idea...
So, true to the not running on my heel, I side-stepped ski practice which just happened to be running Carlington Hill which I'm sure would not have been very good on it! Biking seems to be ok since there's virtually no impact, so hoping to explore more of the trails up on the hill, I biked over at about the time that I hoped the ski team would be leaving as to avoid an awkward situation. Got there just as they were stepping out of the parking lot, so I booked it down the road past the arena and into a parking lot where I did a few loops until the coast was clear. Found a whole network of trails which was really hard to keep track of. Some of them come at in backyards or driveways, while others go absolutely nowhere or just fade into nothing. Could definitely spend a very long time exploring around in there!

Sunday Oct 28, 2007 #

orienteering (adventure race) 1:47:00 [3] 12.0 km (8:55 / km)

Missed the mass start since we were really late, so my dad and i had our own little mass start at 12:25. :P Had a 4 control scramble first which wasn't timed, and surprisingly we both went different ways, but we came back within seconds of eachother. I started first with loop 1 which was about 6km with my dad about 5min behind me since he had to go to the bathroom. Lots and lots of trail running, so when I could, even if it didn't quite seem like the fastest route, I cut through the woods just to change it up a little bit. Some superb woods at the far end of Nakkertok though! Most of it is just as fast as running on the trails, and it was definitely a lot more fun! Cut through to 8 which worked out really well, and then again on 9 and again on 10 on the second map (which unfortunately didn't work out too well...) Ran right past 10 on the first map which is really pathetic since it was literally about 2m off the trail! The first map took about 54min and then the second was just under an hour as well. Was a lot more tired on the second loop though and my heel was really getting sore! Kind of had to hobble-run for the last few controls cause it was so painful. Actually started snowing which was quite a surprise and a bit chilly, but all the same really cool! First snow of the year, but it didn't last more then 10sec on the ground since it's not below freezing yet. Only saw my dad once when he was on the way to 5 and me on the way to 9, and I finished just 6min a head of him which is exactly the amount of mistakes that he made on control 8 on the first map...hehe, what a shame!! :P

Saturday Oct 27, 2007 #

cycling (mountain) 3:15:00 [2]

Weather really cleared up for the afternoon which made for great mountain biking although everything was still really really greasy!! Had to be really careful going over roots and rocks since just hitting one at the wrong angle would make your front tire go haywire and all of a sudden you'd be on the ground. Gave my knee a few shocks cause of that which was really painful since it's already really scraped up. Despite all of that, I had an amazing ride since I finally was be able to be totally concentrated and focused most of the time. It's such a great feeling to be able to get your bike to go exactly where you want it to go!! Even made it up some of the hills that my dad couldn't get up, and I could see a lot of improvement since the last time we did that route. Did the first part of the loop and then ducked into the trails that lead into the Triangle Ski Club although we did quite a bit of 'exploring' trying to find the chalet. Had to do a few tricky swamp crossing as well as one swamp jump twice since we had to turn around after hitting a dead end at a beaver dam. Also walked down some of the hills since we didn't have a death wish and it would've just been too dangerous and slippy to attempt. The sun actually came out for a little bit which was fabulous after raining cats and dogs all morning! Despite seeing everything drying up, we could actually feel everything start drying as well! After finally making our way out of the ski club, did a little jaunt down the road and came back out at the 4 corners where we'd just been about 2.5hrs ago! :P Lots and lots of puddles on the way cause of all the atv's ripping through there so we were uber muddy by the time we made it back out to the cottage road, which meant that we got to go swimming!! woohoo!!! holy macaroni it's was ice cold!!! and we had to jump in twice too; once to actually get wet, but then we had to make ourselves jump in a second time to wash the soap off! brutal! i think that i actually skipped the first step of hypothermia and went right to the part where all of the blood from your core goes out to the extremities so that all of a sudden you feel really warm. Fortunately though, we had a nice warm cottage to run back to, and I must say that it felt very refreshing all the same.

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