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Training Log Archive: oxensd

In the 7 days ending Sep 16, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:51:57 8.7(19:46) 14.0(12:17) 56212 /14c85%
  Total2 2:51:57 8.7(19:46) 14.0(12:17) 56212 /14c85%

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Saturday Sep 16, 2017 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (ran 6.87 km per GPS) 1:22:34 [3] *** 6.0 km (13:46 / km) +354m 10:38 / km

Two day classic race in Letchworth State Park, "the Grand Canyon of the East". Yes the terrain is punishing! Haven't been this tired since Billygoat, and maybe not even then. Waking up at 3:30am to drive up may have had something to do with it, but 354m climb (according to my GPS) and really tough terrain generally made for a slow race. All those gullies, I am tired of gullies! Fairly warm and humid. Felt sluggish from the outset and it didn't improve with time. Pulled left calf muscle somewhere in the middle of the race, a little worried about that for tomorrow.

Finished 4th in M50 (out of 13), and 9th out of 46th in GreenX. Came 1.5 minutes behind Mats Sundbue, my Swedish racing colleague from when we were about 13! My slow speed is purely a reflection of how (not) in shape I am, especially leg muscles.

Besides some very slow running, technically mostly pleased. Spiked all but about 2 controls. Only issues were slight route choice to #4 (should have gone more straight and not up on the hill, it looked clearer but I lost time); #5 (came a little too high up but quickly figured it out, 30s); #11 (route choice, should have come up to the path more quickly, 45s); and #13 (route choice, going straight or slightly to the right was much faster according to attackpoint, instead I went up to the road because I was soooo tired of gullies etc, 1.5 minutes).

Alexandra did OK, enjoyed the course. Got sick half way through, and walked the rest, dehydrated (it was warm and humid)? 90m climb on a yellow course!

Map with GPS track here:

Sunday Sep 10, 2017 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 1:29:23 [4] 8.0 km (11:10 / km) +208m 9:53 / km

Ran red course at Hickory Run (8km, I ran 9.1km according to GPS). Finished 7th out of about 30 which I was pleased with. Gorgeous day, clear blue skies and moderate temperature. Hugely enjoyed the course, spiked most controls except for 9 where I made a silly parallel error. Subtle terrain with lots of light green, read contours extensively to most controls, backed up by compass and step count, which paid off. Map quite accurate, except for green in places as it is probably growing quite fast.

Only real error was 9, after the path I meant to follow the contour lines up a bit and pass between the two swamps and then up the reentrant. Should have been straight forward, but I somehow got pushed down the slope and ended up north of the top swamp instead. Was well past it when I figured it out, then I aggravated the error by underestimating how far east I was and ended running around the dark green swamp to the east of the control. A nice 4-5 minute roundabout. To add insult to injury I tripped and fell by the control, right in front of practically the only other runner I saw the entire race! Pretty funny, I was fine with only a few scrapes.

Loved the run, in spite of all the green these woods are really enjoyable, with good orienteering challenges in the subtle terrain...

Map with GPS track here:

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