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Training Log Archive: barb

In the 7 days ending May 29, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Rogaining2 22:45:00
  Walking in the woods2 40:00
  Bicycling2 38:00
  Total5 24:03:00
averages - sleep:7 weight:129lbs

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Monday May 29, 2006 #

slept:7.0 weight:128lbs


Walking in the woods 30:00 [1]

Marched in the Cambridge Memorial Day Parade. Pretty low key as far as training goes, but it felt tough the day after the rogaine, with blisters and a hint of hot & humid summer. As we passed the reviewing stand, they announced "Cambridge Youth Soccer, led by Barb Bryant and the Twisters," and I felt a sudden urge to go start an R&B band or something. I think most small towns in America would have more onlookers for their Memorial Day parades than does Cambridge!

Sunday May 28, 2006 #

Rogaining race 11:00:00 [4]

2nd half of the SVO rogaine.

Thanks to Brad and Eddie and Marilee and everyone else who helped with this! It was a lot of fun!

11 hours = Finished with 30 minute to spare, and took 2 15-minute rest stops.

Saturday May 27, 2006 #

Rogaining race 11:45:00 [2]

SVO rogaine in PA put on by Eddie and friends. This was the 2nd event in my biweekly rogaine series. Eddie's hand-crafted stain-glass controls are the best prizes ever, so I was pretty psyched to find out that Katia and I were the only women's team entered in the 24-hour category, and therefore guaranteed first place if we could just manage to return under our own power and not lose our punch card, both of which were real concerns.

I knew we'd finished second, and a close second, when I heard Nadim say "sorry, Barb!" while looking at the results.

Rogaining in this terrain is a lot different than in Oregon, where it's so open and dry. Here there's a big element of dealing with unmapped features: trails, enormous enclosures surrounded by truly uncrossable fences, and laurel & thorn jungles. Eddie even threw in a bingo control to complement the natural challenges.

Our navigation was good. There were a few times when I felt we were being a little sloppy, but it turned out OK. I think I've reached a stage with rogaine navigation where what feels like instinct can be trusted, because I've been taking in enough data and pulling a lot of information from the map. There were a few places where we should have been more careful. We made relatively safe route choices. We missed the bingo control on our first pass, but nailed it on our second attack.

Katia lost her map in the first half of the rogaine. After that we passed mine back and forth to discuss route choice.

Went pretty low-key with the headlamps: Katia's was LED-only, and I had mine set to LED mode for the most part. I discovered in Oregon that spider eyes flicker weirdly blue-green in LED light, and I saw a bunch here in Pennsylvania as well. Also saw a tortoise, a black snake curled up on a branch I almost walked into, a turkey - and heard a bunch of whippoorwills (sp?) in the wee hours of the morning.

I was still a little weak from being sick on Wednesday. During the first half of the rogaine, I was experiencing the same GI pain that preceeded my illness of the previous week, and I was worried that it might develop the same way and leave me incapacitated out near some distant control. But by the tough part of the rogaine, I was physically settled into that long-haul rogaine feeling - and maybe the physical distress was good for a few extra endorphins.

I am especially grateful that we weren't bothered by mosquitos or other biting insects. The weather was great, hot in the late afternoon but otherwise cool, and not cold at night; no rain. We got our feet wet in the 2nd half in a couple of places: marsh, stream crossing and morning dew.

This was my partner Katia's first rogaine. She rocks!

David Onkst & Nadim Ahmed collected the most points. That's Mark Frank, Steve Aaronson and Mary Frank in the background (thanks Greg :-).

The DeWitts.

11:45 = 1st 12 hours - 15 minute rest stop

Thursday May 25, 2006 #

Bicycling 8:00 [1]

Still feeling pretty weak from yesterday's illness.

Here's a random photo of the day, my daughter playing soccer for the Cambridge Twisters:

Heading for MD/PA tomorrow with Katia for the rogaine.

Wednesday May 24, 2006 #

weight:130lbs (sick)

Got hugely sick last night and only just now (4 pm) managed to make it out of bed to get some broth. Met my weight goal! :-) I expect to gain a few pounds back when I start keeping liquids down.

Tuesday May 23, 2006 #

Bicycling 30:00 [1]

to work, to G&P, back to work, home


I believe that I live in the highest concentration of people-who-have-rogained in the world. Living within 50 ft of my home are 5 people who have competed in 24-hour rogaines - or will have, after this coming weekend.


Today I talked to a ranger for the Boston Harbor Islands in order to arrange a field trip for 1st and 2nd graders to orienteer on an island. She told me about a project we could participate in, to survey the invertebrates on the island. A Harvard University researcher is doing this, and she is really into citizen-scientists, inviting the public and schoolchildren to participate. Very cool. And her name? Jessica Rykken!!! Another orienteering social network loop!

Walking in the woods 10:00 [3]

Walked home from meeting Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga and Jerome Armstrong at a local bar. I got them to sign a copy of Crashing the Gate.

The Illuminite jacket (usually black) lights up pretty good in the flash. We got the jacket from our friend who used to work for Illuminite.

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