Register | Login
Attackpoint AR - performance and training tools for adventure athletes

Training Log Archive: BorisGr

In the 7 days ending Sep 2, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running6 5:03:40 35.86 57.72
  Orienteering3 2:51:15 14.11(12:08) 22.7(7:33)44 /54c81%
  Total6 7:54:55 49.97 80.4244 /54c81%
  [1-5]6 7:44:55

» now

Sunday Sep 2, 2007 #

Running 15:00 [2] 1.76 mi (8:30 / mi)
shoes: 2007 model Falcons

Warming up and getting my body to wake up. Felt quite stiff and not in race mode during the warm-up.

Orienteering race 1:45:47 [4] **** 13.1 km (8:05 / km)
spiked:19/23c shoes: 2007 model Falcons

Upplands Lång-DM, organized by Vallentuna-Össeby near Åkersberga.
It's been a long time since I'd run an actual long race, so I felt uneasy on the warm-up, as my body refused to wake up. However, the straight uphill start woke me up pretty quickly, and I felt fine the rest of the way physically. Navigation was another story, as I missed time on #2 (1:00), #3 (2:00), and #5 (3:00). It was really detailed stuff, and I didn't approach it cautiously enough. Plus, it's been a while since I'd raced in really detailed Uppland terrain. That was disappointing, but things went better after that. I was caught by Ola Hultin from 6 minutes back, and ran with him for a while, sometimes taking the lead, sometimes behind. Then we split up on the long leg to 15, and it looks like I got ahead again. Unfortunately, I got stuck in some nasty green on the next long leg, to 18, and lost two minutes. I saw Ola again leaving 18 and ran hard to catch and pass him. Felt good all the way to the finish and navigated quite cleanly in the end. Finished 12th, with Johan Höij winning in 83 minutes - an impressive time!
Also, I think one reason I didn't hit the wall today was because I took a gel that you could open and close again, and so instead of taking it all at once, I took a couple of sips at a time a few times during the course. That seemed to work well, and I'll be trying it again.

Saturday Sep 1, 2007 #

Running 1:34:37 [2] 11.47 mi (8:15 / mi)
shoes: Montrail Trail Shoes

Just the perfect day to start the fall with! Sunny, a bit breezy, and just warm enough that it actually feels warm, and not hot. The perfect day for a nice run on the trails in Nåsten, in other words. Took a swing past Flogsta to drop off Patrick's keys, and then off to the forest. A mix of small and big trails, as well as a couple of stretches I've never been to before. Very enjoyable run. How can I even think of leaving this place, with all of these great places right outside my door??

Friday Aug 31, 2007 #

(rest day)

Caught up on much-needed sleep.

Thursday Aug 30, 2007 #

Running 31:25 [2] 3.93 mi (8:00 / mi)
shoes: 2007 model Falcons

Jogging to and from the start.

Orienteering race 27:26 [5] ** 4.7 km (5:50 / km)
spiked:17/21c shoes: 2007 model Falcons

OK Linné middle distance club champs on the brand-new map of Stadsskogen, extended north and west enough to include my house. I've finally realized my dream of living on an orienteering map! And i did it not by moving to a map, but waiting for the map to come to me. :)
But anyway, I am happy to report that there were no 11-minute mistakes this time, unlike my last middle distance outing. I did miss about 40 seconds on #1, enough for Crister Nygren, who started 1 minute behind me, to spot me leaving. We were together at 3 and race head-to-head for a while until I missed 15. The area around there was very strange, and I didn't quite understand all the trails even when I came back there during my job back home. Then got caught by Jonn Are, fresh off his awesome 6th place in the middle distance at WOC, on the long leg to 17, and we both navigated to #3, which was almost right on the line. That cost another 20-25 seconds or so. I finished 10th, 3:54 off Mats' winning time. Mostly satisfied with the race, especially physically. Incidentally, Jonn Are ended up 6th again.
Route Gadget:


I've been in Uppsala long enough that I am now running a few of the same races three years in a row. So here is a result and percent-behind comparison for the club middle champs for the last three years (and yes, Stadsskogen is a much easier place than usual middle distance terrain, but still):

Place: 11/16, Percent behind winner: 37.7%
Place: 15/26, Percent behind winner: 25%
Place: 10/31, Percent behind winner: 16.6%

I'll try to do comparisons like these for a couple more races this fall to see if there is a visible trend.

Wednesday Aug 29, 2007 #

Running 51:05 [2] 6.01 mi (8:30 / mi)
shoes: Saucony 2006

To KG, around Norbyskogen with the girls, and back home.

Running 10:00 [0]

Secret Russian Running Drills.

Tuesday Aug 28, 2007 #

Orienteering 38:02 [3] *** 4.9 km (7:46 / km)
spiked:8/10c shoes: 2007 model Falcons

Back in the woods! Pre-ran one of the courses for this Friday's Night-DM in Hammarskog. About 11C and drizzling. Running in tights and a long-sleeve thermal top. Quite a change from Ukraine, but still nice to be out in the woods.

Running 50:05 [2] 6.26 mi (8:00 / mi)
shoes: 2007 model Falcons

Running back to KG from Hammarskog with Andrew, Patrick, and Tomas. Had a nice chat with Tomas about good and bad ways to approach important races mentally. The run itself felt nice too, the scenery was quite pretty as the clouds gradually disappeared, and we got to see a lovely Hågadalen at sunset.

Monday Aug 27, 2007 #


Back in Uppsala. Ukraine left me with one last parting gift of bad diarrhea. Mixed feelings about WOC and further motivation down the line. On one hand, I had two of my technically cleanest races at WOC, the sprint quali and the relay. On the other hand, I didn't feel good physically for either one of those. In the relay, in particular, I really struggled. I am happy with making the best of what I had on that day, but disappointed I did not have more. The middle quali debacle is a whole different story. I felt great physically, and felt like everything was set up in my favor. I had done plenty of training in that terrain (though, granted, not with so much low-visibility stuff), the weather was nice and cool, I had a good start time. The conditions seemed perfect. And then I simply imploded. A mistake on #1 rattled me, so I took a safe route to 2 and spiked it. Then got risky again to 3 and panicked when I didn't come to it immediately. What followed in the next 11 (!!!) minutes was like something out of a horrible dream. I'd relocate, attack, fail, see competitors run by, find the controls for the other quals, relocate, attack, fail, find the guy who was sitting on a hill watching all the controls, realize that he could SEE my control from where he was, attack again, fail again, eventually stumble onto a trail, finally relocate, and find the control. After punching it, I stopped. All this training, all this effort, completely wasted. Temptation to jog to the finish or to fabricate a story about losing my SI, being attacked by a dog, or something similar was high. Decided to continue the course anyway. Missed the next control by another 30 seconds, then slowly got myself together and picked up the pace. Ran well for most of the rest of the course, except missing the second-to-last after being stuck in nettles. Even ran hard in the finish chute (which actually paid off by letting me climb a place). After that, nothing. Last year, when I had a really bad middle quali, I was angry at myself but also knew that I wasn't ready yet. This time was different. I didn't feel angry, just empty. I was ready, and I blew it. Maybe it's putting too much pressure on myself, maybe it's trying to do too much, I don't know, but something obviously did not work. As usual, one needs to take some positives away, even from a catastrophe. With my eleven-minute mistake and another couple of minutes left out in the woods, I was 14 minutes away from qualifying. A clean run would have given me a shot, which had never been the case before. Neither last year in Denmark nor the year before in Japan would I have had a chance even with a clean run. But that's just the one little positive overshadowed by the enormous negative.
Self-confidence is low, but hey, I am back in Uppsala, racing season here is just heating up, and I love orienteering way too much to stay away. Time to sit down, figure out what went wrong, figure out what to do better, and return to work. I can't wait to get back into the woods.

Running 51:28 [2] 6.43 mi (8:00 / mi)
shoes: Montrail Trail Shoes

An evening jog with Andrew, who seems to be sort-of living here for the time being. Great to have company to live and train with! We ran a trail loop on the north part of Nåsten and back through Stadsskogen and both commented on how much easier it felt to run here than it did in Ukraine. I don't know if it was the heat, the pollution, or the dogs, but there was something off about that place.

« Earlier | Later »