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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Apr 4, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 4:21:38 15.07 24.25 117023c
  Run6 3:44:00 9.83 15.82
  Weight training1 30:00
  Cross Training1 20:00
  Total7 8:55:38 24.9 40.07 117023c

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Saturday Apr 4, 2009 #

Orienteering race 17:30 [4] 2.25 km (7:47 / km) +60m 6:52 / km
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Pig Sprint, administered by Get Lost.

A so-so performance. One or two questionable routes in the beginning, but then boomed #9 (where I saw Greg leaving.) My standing around allowed him to get away.

I was shocked when I saw him at the end, and then when he was walking in the finish. I thought he was hurt at first, but he clarified he was protesting, and I thought that sounded reasonable, so I walked across the finish line with him. It seemed unseemly to pass a protesting GOAT.


Greg was really torqued up about this event, and so was I, but differently.

He didn't like the course; I thought it was fine. True, the end was junky, but the beginning was really nice.

The crux of the matter for me was that this was the grand debut of the "Get Lost" "professional" orienteering company. It paled in comparison to the volunteer-based OCIN.

The two non-working controls, and the one non-working finish control are one thing. Not doing a check that the controls are working and not turning them on before runners get to them is just weak. And then, to crown it all, when the "CEO" was confronted, rather than assume responsibility, he throws his "volunteer" employee under the bus, saying he (an OCIN gentleman) was not there on time. And about the equipment issues--"It wasn't my equipment."

Not very classy. Not very "professional".

Finally--the results. Granted, my results were especially screwed up due to punch issues, but the fact that there is no elapsed time on the printout and the whole bloody thing is in Russian? Come on. If you are doing a meet in the US, do the results in English. Or Spanish. Not Russian.

Run warm up/down 10:00 [1]
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Warmup before the relay.

Orienteering race 36:55 [4] *** 5.4 km (6:50 / km) +395m 5:00 / km
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Flying Pig 2009 US Relay Champs 8 point team Red leg.

My best run of the weekend. Fairly pleased. At most had 60 to 90 seconds of mistakes, with maybe half of that coming on one control.

I ran fairly steady and hard. I knew Mook was right behind me, and indeed, as I looked over my shoulder at the start, I think I saw him coming in after me. The pressure was on.

The orienteering was pretty straightforward, as appropriate, and the course was physical.

I was fairly sure I was holding him off, and I finished strong. Unfortunately, I did cede 5 seconds, but I'll take it. We finished with a small margin.


So with that, Baltero earns his final 4 point relay gold with DVOA. And I earn my first 8 point gold.

It has been an honor running with Greg as a teammate these past few years. I don't understand, respect, or even wish to tolerate his decision (partially serious here) but I do wish him the best.

Friday Apr 3, 2009 #

Orienteering warm up/down 15:00 [2]
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Warmup before the Pig Middle. A couple of times up and down a grassy hill.

Orienteering race 38:30 [4] **** 4.8 km (8:01 / km) +290m 6:10 / km
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

2009 Flying Pig Blue Middle.

Another very nice OCIN course and event. I could nitpick about one aspect of the course, but it was really quite fine.

My performance was not good and not bad. I wasn't moving fast enough for one thing, but I lost the most time on shorter legs.


After a few too many beers with Sandy and the Eagles, we decided that I would ask Greg to switch positions in the relay in the morning.

Thursday Apr 2, 2009 #

Run 30:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8 hills.

Accelerated over last 6 minutes to finish at 9.8 mph.

Cross Training 20:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8 hills.

Weight training 30:00 [2]

The weight training I should be doing every week (and should have done a day earlier this week to prep my muscles for battle.) Because of proximity to the event, I kept it light. Did machines and a circuit.

Run warm up/down 10:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Level 8 hills.

Wednesday Apr 1, 2009 #

Run 1:20:00 [2] 9.83 mi (8:08 / mi)
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Tuesday Mar 31, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 14:00 [2]
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 2 2009

To/from Charles/MGH.

Orienteering 25:00 [2] *
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 2 2009

From Alewife, through Arlingon, to Menotomy.

Orienteering 22:30 [2] **
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 2 2009

CSU training. A fun little park used well by Ian.

Orienteering 16:00 [2] *
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 2 2009

Back to Alewife along the shorter southern route.


Eased into my effective unemployment with a (large) Wild Devil. The first glass is a bit of a shock to the system, but it quickly becomes quite agreeable.

Monday Mar 30, 2009 #

Run 43:00 [2]
shoes: Reebok Bobby Curtis

Level 8 hills.

Run 30:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

To and from the Berman's.

Sunday Mar 29, 2009 #

Run warm up/down 7:00 [1]
shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

Trivial warmup.

Orienteering race 1:30:13 intensity: (10:00 @3) + (1:20:13 @4) *** 11.8 km (7:39 / km) +425m 6:29 / km
23c shoes: Spring 2009 Integrators

QOC Blue Long. A much better course, although still uninspiring.

I think you could have set a good middle on a small portion of this map. And then maybe had some terrain left over to do the long. I am not sure how you salvage yesterday's area. I presume there was not enough around the edges to do a long? Because otherwise, it is really only local event quality.

Anyway, I was rather disappointed in my performance here. Not sure what was going on, but it was an unpleasant surprise.


Unlike some of my peers, I really did enjoy the weekend. True, the courses and terrain did not compare to the QOC US Champs. But, they were certainly pleasant and not wrong.

And, everything else about the weekend was superlative. I cannot find fault with anything. Including the prices.

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