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Training Log Archive: bbrooke

In the 7 days ending Apr 28, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Orienteering4 6:14:15 12.84(29:09) 20.66(18:07) 1965
  Administration3 4:00:00
  Run / Hike3 2:22:55 12.05(11:52) 19.39(7:22) 591
  Strength / Stretching1 1:00:00
  Total8 13:37:10 24.89 40.06 2556
  [1-5]7 9:37:10
averages - sleep:6.5 weight:120.1lbs

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Sunday Apr 28, 2019 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 2:58:06 [3] 5.18 mi (34:23 / mi) +954ft 29:17 / mi
slept:6.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Navy)

So. Many. Rocks.

And cliffs.

I was slow to #1, but found it OK. And then I took ~45 minutes to find #2. :-\

I had a plan to get to #2, but I totally lost contact with the map after about 500m and had no idea whatsoever where I was for most of the rest of leg. My extra-slow forward progress (due to veg & rockiness) affected my estimation of how far I had traveled. But apparently I at least stayed more-or-less on my bearing, because I finally matched up some long, large cliffs northwest of the control and I found it -- but I had a definite defeated feeling.

Most of the remaining controls went OK, except for running back to #3 to relocate (I was terrified of getting lost again!), even though my tracks show that I was pretty close to #4.

Corinne punched #5 just ahead of me, and thank goodness she yelled out a warning that the leg-line to #6 went right through #9 -- easy to confuse. I'm not sure I would have realized that if she hadn't pointed it out, and I would have wasted a ton of time fighting through nasty vegetation. Svetlana said she got tripped up there.

The rest of the course went OK -- just slow and somewhat bumbling. Thank you to the helpful (Ukrainian?) guy who pointed me towards #10 (I was close but could have easily missed it). And to the CSU guy who seemed concerned for me near #4 (I must have really looked confused, even though I was walking right to the control; maybe he had seen me back-track toward #3 to relocate...or maybe he noticed my slumped shoulders and defeated trudge).

I was slow at Quantico, but I mostly always knew where I was. Today was the kind of day where I'm very close to crying (on the leg to #2), and I spend the whole course questioning if I even really know how to orienteer. It didn't help that there were long stretches where my fingers were so cold & numb I could barely turn my compass, and my swollen shin-bruise ached the whole time. Poor me. ;-)

THANK YOU to vmeyer for letting me do an ad hoc switch to Green this morning. I would have taken at least four hours on Red... And, it turns out I wasn't even DFL on Green-X -- I finished 15th out of 25 who started, and 2nd out of 4 in F45+. "Yay."

This weekend's courses were humbling, but I hope to go back next year to try again.


Saturday Apr 27, 2019 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 1:09:06 [3] 2.75 mi (25:08 / mi) +438ft 21:50 / mi
slept:6.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Navy)

The first two controls went OK, but throughout the course I was (again) moving very slowly on the rocky ground.

I wasted a bunch of time getting to #3, picking my way across a really steep & rocky slope about halfway through the leg (yeah, the V-shaped cliff area), and then walking back and forth along the wrong level of cliffs before I spotted the flag below me.

I also bashed my shins on rocks and logs and stepped into leaf-covered, ankle-twisting holes multiple times. The worst encounter yielded what I've done often enough to make up my own word for it: an "abrusion" (bruise + abrasion), swollen into a painful lump on the front of my shin. :-\


12 PM


A fun outing with Kris in between events: a trip to the West Point Visitor Center, and then quiche and a mini-whoopie pie at Bear Mountain Bakery. :-)

4 PM

Orienteering race 27:45 [3] 1.91 mi (14:32 / mi) +132ft 13:38 / mi
shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

The Sprint was a blast -- except that I mispunched at #2. Sigh...I *never* mispunch! But, I misread the tiny details of the building / outer wall and did not think to look or go UP to the balcony level. ARGH! I don't do enough Sprints to think about the potential multi-level aspect of the map & course; next time I'll know to look up and down... I moved on after a few other people in the area speculated that the control was missing -- but they must have eventually figured it out.

Otherwise, just a few small miscalculations at #8 & #9, and one big time-wasting mistake at #11.

It was great to have the field house to hang out in after finishing -- especially after standing around in the cold rain while waiting to start.

Had a nice dinner with Kris afterwards, and then a visit with vmeyer, Pepper & Dee Dee. :-)


Friday Apr 26, 2019 #

4 AM


Woke up at 3:45 am.

Left home at 4:45 am.

Caught the airport bus from Flatirons Park-n-Ride at 5:10 am.

The airport was surprisingly packed at 6:00 am. My flight left out of Terminal A where, sadly, there aren't any cinnamon-sugar soft pretzels to be had. (Terminals B & C have Wetzel's Pretzels and Auntie Anne's).

4 PM

Orienteering 1:39:18 [3] 3.0 mi (33:06 / mi) +441ft 29:03 / mi
shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Navy)

It was pouring rain as I left the airport, and it continued to rain intermittently on my drive to Harriman. I came really close to flaking out (was not excited to orienteer in the cold rain), but I compromised with myself by doing Brown instead of the slightly-longer one-man relay I had signed up for.

I walked the whole course. I overshot #2 (figured out where I was when I found #6 instead) and got totally off-track on my way to #9, but otherwise I mostly found the controls without too much wandering -- although not as cleanly as I would have hoped for at walking speed. (Later, when I took a snapshot of my map for QuickRoute, I noticed that it was 1:7500. Oh! ;-)

I was concerned about getting to packet pickup before 7pm, so I didn't spend time changing clothes after I finished at Harriman. I headed to packet pickup at West Point, drove back to Spring Valley, dropped off Kris's packet at her hotel, and went to Target to find some warmer clothes than what I had packed. (I'm actively trying to purge clothes at home, so buying new stuff is the *last* thing I want to be doing right now...but I packed like an idiot for this trip, even after looking at the forecast several times. I guess I had Quantico's warm t-shirt weather in mind from two weekends ago -- my "aspirational" forecast.)

After Target (still in my wet & stinky O-clothes), I grabbed a Mysore masala dosa to go, and a single beer (which required two stops and some googling...), checked in at my slightly-sketchy hotel, ate, and finally got in the shower -- where I found a tick latched onto the back of my neck. SO GROSS.


Thursday Apr 25, 2019 #

Run / Hike intervals 1:00:00 [3] 5.0 mi (12:00 / mi) +138ft 11:42 / mi
slept:8.0 weight:120.2lbs shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

LoCO FIT workout @ Founders Park / West Coal Creek:

- Ran ~one mile to warm up.

- 5 x (4 minutes @ 5K race pace + 2 minutes recovery).

- Ran ~one mile to cool down.

I was feeling heavy and slow at first, even during the warm-up. I also felt like maybe I should hold back effort-wise, since I have three days of orienteering starting tomorrow. But, I felt slightly less ponderous after the first set, so I made a moderate effort. Avg pace: 8:48, 8:20, 8:26, 8:34, 7:58.

I think my plan for this weekend will be the same as for the QOC Classic meet: mostly walking but aiming for clean navigation.

Administration 2:00:00 [0]

Final prep work for Saturday's RMOC local meet at Cherry Creek -- OE2010 files, start cards, summary email to organizers, etc.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2019 #

Administration 1:00:00 [0]
slept:8.0 weight:120.1lbs

For RMOC's upcoming Cherry Creek meet --

- Created a post on RMOC's Facebook page.
- Registration clarification emails.
- Composed & sent out HTML update email with photo & links.
- Miscellaneous email follow-ups.

Tuesday Apr 23, 2019 #

Run / Hike hills 1:07:44 [3] 6.27 mi (10:48 / mi) +453ft 10:07 / mi
slept:8.0 shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

LoCO FIT workout:

- Ran a bit to warm up.

- Tyler Ave hill loop x 5.

- Ran for a while to cool down.

New shirts!

Monday Apr 22, 2019 #

Run / Hike 15:11 [3] 0.78 mi (19:28 / mi)

Walked to & from the rec center.

Strength / Stretching 1:00:00 [3]

Vinyasa yoga class at the rec center.

Administration 1:00:00 [0]

Reviewed & posted CSOL results; one membership update; a few email follow-ups.

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