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Training Log Archive: DarthBalter

In the 7 days ending Sep 24, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  5 4:03:46 16.47(14:48) 26.5(9:12) 92544 /53c83%
  hiking4 1:10:10 5.1(13:46) 8.2(8:33) 40
  road run2 20:00 2.24(8:56) 3.6(5:33) 10
  Total11 5:33:56 23.8(14:02) 38.3(8:43) 97544 /53c83%
  [1-5]11 5:15:56
averages - sleep:7.5 weight:160lbs

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Saturday Sep 24, 2016 #

1 PM

race (Long Green-X) 1:03:01 [4] ***** 7.2 km (8:45 / km) +320m 7:10 / km
spiked:10/14c shoes: Icebugs Spirit 2016

The most technically difficult race of my life.
I think that several factors contributed to that:
1 - phenomenal terrain,
2 - very detailed map by Mark.
3 - tough course setting by Alar,
4 - my fading eyesight,not able to read this map on a run,
5 - very thick canopy, creating low light conditions, even on a sunny day, like today was.

So it was defensive orienteering tactics for most of the course, but last 2 controls, coming home.
I would not count every time I stopped to read the map with magnifier as a time loss, everyone was forced to do that to succeed today. Getting into a wrong place was very costly, relocation difficult. In the beginning the tactics was to take short running sections stop, read confirm, select next target, execute and so on. worked well, just on a last section before #2 I was pushed by the terrain to the left ~ 50-60 meters, realized it when I hit northern tip of the marsh past the control and corrected quickly - 30 40 sec at all.

Friday Sep 23, 2016 #

3 PM

warm up/down (to start) 14:50 [2] **** 2.0 km (7:25 / km) +100m 5:56 / km
spiked:1/2c slept:6.0 shoes: Icebugs Spirit 2016

4 PM

race (Middle Green-X) 29:31 [5] **** 4.5 km (6:34 / km) +115m 5:49 / km
spiked:14/18c shoes: Icebugs Spirit 2016

Dark, low crowds and thick canopy, made map perception without the lens close to impossible. I used all defensive tactics I know for that situation - shorter legs meant good compass work, distance estimation, get into control circle, read control description, look around and spot a bag - worked well. Longer legs, get to ski trail, mostly open, use day light and magnifier to get full picture of the situation on approach to control, attack fairly aggressively on memory - worked well, too. Not much went wrong, today, on the way to 3 I dropped perpendicular to the slope lines, where I needed to traverse at the angle, as a result I was a bit off the line and had to figure that out and correct for that ~ 20 sec. missed 8 by reasonable amount on a short leg, had to stop and correct, another 20 sec. Misread forest trails a little bit on a longish leg to 11, realized it soon but, climbed extra and stopped in confusion for several seconds, so another 20 sec there. On a long leg did not see that same trail I was on goes all the way to my control, went straight. Stopped to check situation, when crossed same trail right before the control, ~ 10 sec on that. Clean and fast on downhill controls towards finish arena, just got confused by the last control which was mapped as a single tree but from my approach looked like forest cluster, may be 10-15 sec there. Niels had a great race beat my by almost 3 minutes. I do not think I posses that kind of speed at the moment (or ever).

Thursday Sep 22, 2016 #

8 AM

road run (commute work) 10:00 [2] 1.8 km (5:33 / km) +5m 5:29 / km
slept:9.0 shoes: Adidas Adizero Adios 2

slept from 7 PM till 4 AM, worked well - fully recovered. Sushi at 4 AM and Tea and a Bagel w Cream cheese at 7 AM.
Achilles is 95% recovered.
1 PM

road run (commute lunch) 10:00 [3] 1.8 km (5:33 / km) +5m 5:29 / km
shoes: Adidas Adizero Adios 2

Wednesday Sep 21, 2016 #

5 AM

hiking (commute home) 11:10 [3] 1.3 km (8:35 / km) +15m 8:07 / km
shoes: Adidas Boston

8 AM

hiking (commute work) 16:00 [1] 1.8 km (8:53 / km) +5m 8:46 / km
slept:7.0 (injured) shoes: Adidas Boston

R. Achilles tendon is better in the morning, but still painful to touch during the day

Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 #

8 AM

hiking (commute work) 32:00 [3] 3.8 km (8:25 / km) +5m 8:22 / km
slept:7.0 weight:161lbs (injured) shoes: Adidas Adizero Adios 2

limped very quickly to train station and to work. good progress after one night of salt therapy. taped now for day time.
5 PM

hiking (commute home) 11:00 [1] 1.3 km (8:28 / km) +15m 8:00 / km
shoes: Adidas Adizero Adios 2

Monday Sep 19, 2016 #

8 AM

Note
slept:8.5 weight:159lbs (injured) (rest day)

I aggravated my R. Achilles tendon at the lower point of joint with bone. Not the first time, will take some quick measures to help it (salt compress).

Also, it looks like I lost 4 lbs over this last weekend.

Sunday Sep 18, 2016 #

8 AM

(control wake-up) 47:00 [3] *** 6.0 km (7:50 / km) +210m 6:40 / km
spiked:12/12c shoes: Icebugs Spirit 2015

very humid today
2 PM

1:29:24 intensity: (18:00 @0) + (1:06:24 @2) + (5:00 @3) ** 6.8 km (13:09 / km) +180m 11:37 / km
spiked:7/7c shoes: Icebugs Spirit 2015

Control pick-up day 2. This time team was Alan, Judy, Niels, Susan, Steven and Stefany Stiebler, and myself. Minor glitch at the end, but was later sorted out by Craig.

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