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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Jul 25, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 4:25:13 2.61 4.2
  Bike2 2:00:00 40.0(3:00) 64.37(1:52)
  Run2 1:35:00
  Cross Training1 1:00:00
  swimming1 30:00
  Total7 9:30:13 42.61 68.57

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Saturday Jul 25, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:00:00 [3] ****
shoes: Salomon XCR

The day started off terribly. I get to my car and prepare to check Ross's location on my phone, when it goes blank and shows a "543"--the BB equivalent of a blue screen of death? So, there I am at the garage, already late, and no idea where I am going and unable to call Ross. So, I have to go home, print out the email, and call him. I do some quick research and discover the only recommended solution is to attempt to reinstall the OS. Great. And people malign Windows? Anyway, back out the door, to the car, and then further delayed as my normal exit to 90 was closed and I had to meander through Back Bay traffic. Argh.

[Random driving and fun conversation with Ross.]

The plan today was to streamer/verify my control locations for the September night-O at HR. Unfortunately, I neglected to bring an extra map (blank or otherwise) so I was initially unsure of how to incorporate Ross.

Luckily, as we were driving in, I saw Sandy and Bob Fink. We were able to print a nice blank offset map from them. The game is on!

The plan now was to combine streamering with some training (of sorts) for Ross. I would navigate to the circle and he would tell me exactly where I was. We were verifying the first control when Wyatt materializes out of the woods. Weird, but not completely unexpected. So, we now had three. This changed the dynamic somewhat. My streamering is normally undertaken at a controlled jog, but with 2 extra people with 1.5 extra maps, there was an opportunity to approach things differently. Putting three heads together, I was sure we could nail the controls, so I ran a bit harder. Of course, on two of the advanced controls, I drifted significantly to the right (a sign on things to come the next day.)

Anyway, the streamering went really quickly and was much fun. We visited all controls but one, which I am 99% sure is completely usable. Hear me now and believe me later: if you can afford the luxury of having an extra person to come along during this phase of the course design process, especially if they are Ross or Wyatt, you should seize it.


Some residual discomfort in the right toe, seemingly echoed left toe (a sympathy response?)

Left ankle not 100%, back fine.

Orienteering 25:57 intensity: (9:57 @4) + (16:00 @5) *** 4.2 km (6:11 / km)
shoes: Salomon XCR

Sprint training, by Sandy.

Nice, very nice. Also, brutally hot. Did not have much spark, but ran consistently.

The first sprint was pretty clean. While I hesitated a little bit finding the little streamers here and there, I went straight to all the controls and would have found them with stands. 2 route choices were probably not optimal.

On the second I had a bigger problem. There was one route where it was attractive to cut through the forest. I did, but got sucked right into a broad reentrant. But, so did Ross.

Athletic highlight of the day was one-handed dunking the flat basketball on a short basket after the second sprint.

Other highlight of the outing was copious blackberries and raspberries. Nice. Very nice.

Afterwards, we adjourned to Chez Sandy and things got even better.

Ross was put in charge of the kitchen and man! Did he come through. Awesome. My job was to get beverages. Imagine my reaction when I saw a case of these at the beer store. PA liquor laws may suck, but that sure doesn't. One bottle, a Maudite, was sacrificed for a higher purpose. I enjoyed a Fin du Monde, and then a Trois Pistoles. No one else availed themselves, so much of this ark is now in Boston.

Eric came over and told of his experience at the USGA Junior Boys/Girls tournament in NJ.

Friday Jul 24, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: February 2008 Asics

Level 8 hills, 7mph.

Thursday Jul 23, 2009 #

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 20.5 mi (2:56 / mi)

Level 8 hills.

Wednesday Jul 22, 2009 #



Cross Training 1:00:00 [2]

Some nasty javascript debugging meant that my run got delayed, and then shunted to the gym. All the treadmills were full, so I opted for cross training.

Probably a good idea. My toe continues to feel better, and my back slightly better. It is pretty sad that a mini-training camp takes such a toll on an increasingly decrepit body.

Tuesday Jul 21, 2009 #


Organizing training at Menotomy Rocks. Thinking of O-intervals/relay maybe with calisthenics.

[edit]: training went well. Thin turnout, but understandable. Ross, Audun, and Brendan (who managed to twist his ankle on the first leg.)

I managed to get the maps printed (Gnomon at Harvard Square) and also to pick up map cases (1 gallon Ziplocs at CVS at MGH) and streamer tape at a hardware store in Central Square. However, despite leaving 2+ hours in advance, I just arrived with 10 minutes to spare (a lot of time was consumed by traffic) and had to use that to stuff maps. So, I didn't get to streamer, although I wouldn't have been able to streamer anyway had I not gotten streamers.

Anyway, this exercise should have something at the controls, and ideally, more people.

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 19.5 mi (3:05 / mi)

Level 8 hills.

Monday Jul 20, 2009 #

swimming 30:00 [3]
shoes: none

Between my toe and ankle (and even my back has a few twinges) I've been feeling pretty beat up the past two days. So, I decided to try the pool and Dasha and I went swimming.

Needless to say, I am not a good swimmer, but it was a good workout. No complaints from the toe, but the ankle wasn't great.

I wonder how deep the pool must be to do DWR? I was thinking 5 feet + for me? Our pool is 3-4 feet deep.

Sunday Jul 19, 2009 #

Run 35:00 [3]
shoes: Inov-8 Musdclaw 340 O+

Early morning "Eddie Run" around the DeWitt estate. As usual, a missed turn or two.

Orienteering 2:10:26 [3] ****
shoes: Inov-8 Musdclaw 340 O+

WCOC training at Sessions Woods. The idea was route choice, and to do a course twice, taking different routes each time. I opted to try the routes I wouldn't normally do on the first one. I also didn't execute them well, making it a pretty frustrating experience.

On the second I took better routes, but had a few issues. Also I was tired. And I really banged my toe and twisted my back in a fall in the area of 3-4 (not my favorite portion of WCOC woods, I must say.)

Splits were roughly 71:23 and 59:03

Orienteering 48:50 [2] *****
shoes: Inov-8 Musdclaw 340 O+

Not sure how to code this map. "Intense!" for a blank sheet of paper is probably suspect, but my concentration was generally intense, so I'll go with it.

This one was a compass/distance exercise. Tough, but good.

Basically, a middle-length course on a blank sheet, with just a little terrain at each feature. While I wouldn't normally try compass for 400 meters or whatever it was, it was a good exercise. I was very bad on #2 (8 minutes+) and then #3. After that one, I dialed down the speed even more, and watched Eddie pull away. However, accuracy does pay and I caught up with Eddie, Will, and Ross later on.

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