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Training Log Archive: Tundra/Desert

In the 7 days ending Jun 10, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Rogaining1 9:53:53 26.1(22:45) 42.0(14:08) 223022 /25c88%
  Running with weights1 4:23 0.45(9:40) 0.73(6:00)
  Total2 9:58:16 26.55(22:32) 42.73(14:00) 223022 /25c88%

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Saturday Jun 10, 2006 #


My final preparation for the Rogaine Champs: a week of heavy drinking, so at least the lack-of-sleep part is well trained. The most sleep I had in the 7 preceding days was about 7 hours, and it was on the grassy field next to Camp Alleghany this morning.

Rogaining race 9:53:53 [2] ** 42.0 km (14:08 / km) +2230m 11:10 / km
ahr:138 max:164 spiked:22/25c shoes: Rogaine Asics

I teamed up with Vadim Masalkov for the North American Rogaine Championships. Partly because Vadim is known as Speedy, having raced 400 m on track, we called ourselves Bears on Speed. The allusion to the really bad name of a really bad Austrian band was lost on just about everyone present, but the name translated well into Russian (Vadim is Lithuanian). We communicated 90% in Russian, 10% in English (I don't know any Lithuanian).

Vadim does not talk much, but was he prepared! We had more than enough supplies, lights, medication, and electrolytes. As is common with the optimistic me, we planned to get all checkpoints (in two loops, returning to the base camp for food just after sunset), a goal we ended up somewhat short of. But, leaving out no low-value controls in our planned path proved critical in the end. We started well and cleaned out the eastern portion of the course in just under 10 hours. On this loop, we made about three mistakes for a total of about 12 minutes, probably substantially less than the average team. The navigation was less than straightforward, and some controls, on invisible vegetation boundaries, were of the "bag in the woods" type. We ran the steep downhills and some trails, mostly in the end portion. The weather was perfect, overcast and about 15 ÂșC during the day. There were no bugs.

I need to measure the exact length. The climb, from the Polar, is believed to be accurate.

Friday Jun 9, 2006 #

Running with weights 4:23 [3] 0.73 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: Hip Tigers

BART SFO faregate to NW check-in counter, with pack, picking a luggage cart halfway and pushing the pack in it. Made it with no problems.


I caught a ride to the event from Buffalo airport with Urthbuoy, and we listened to Johnny Cash. Driving into the park, we almost ran over (in succession) some deer, a raccoon, and a red fox.

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