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Training Log Archive: maprunner

In the 7 days ending May 13, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  orienteer3 3:02:13 6.84(26:40) 11.0(16:34) 439395.8
  run/walk3 1:07:51 0.92 1.48 13287.3
  cycle1 40:0080.0
  weights1 30:0090.0
  stretch 6 6
  Total6 5:20:10 7.76 12.48 571653.0
  [1-5]5 5:19:28

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Monday May 13, 2013 #

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Added notes and QR from the weekend, warts and all.

Overall, it was tough challenging weekend. I'm glad I finished all the courses, and managed to find some of the controls cleanly. My physical condition was fine (I wasn't tired after three races, including a tough long). My concentration and map reading needs work, of course.

Fun times as always, visiting with new and old friends. Great to visit with all the F50s. Nice to have breakfast each day with Peggy, Nadim and Max. Nice dinner with Tom and Lisa and Tom's parents. Fun to travel with Ulrik. Nice to see OKers have such success.

And I met three new folks: Scott Drum, AliC and Oslug. Great to talk with each of them.

Sunday May 12, 2013 #

8 AM

orienteer race 1:43:48 intensity: (22:49 @1) + (32:32 @2) + (45:32 @3) + (2:55 @4) 5.8 km (17:54 / km) +290m 14:19 / km
ahr:154 max:182

run/walk warm up/down 15:00 [1]

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US Champs Long distance: same goal as the other two races: think about navigation, not speed. And try to read the map ahead, instead of reacting. In other words, improve from Saturday's mess.

My concentration was really good at the start, and I had a good plan to 1, which I executed just right. Then I looked at the leg to 2. I stood there for a minute, and I actually said out loud: I don't want to do this leg! I saw the road option, but thought it was too far out of the way. Had I known that the woods from 1 to 2 were covered with slash, I would have taken the road! I did not have fun executing this leg, but I did follow my plan (slowly) and spiked the control.

I felt confident with my map reading and did run as much as I could from 2 to 3 to 4. Then I stood at 4 for a minute or two, planning my route. I decided to attack from the trail bend to the west of the control. I would head SW from 4, climb the hill, and hit the trail.

I have problems with long legs like this. I decide on a route, and then say, just head in the general direction towards the big marsh, then the big hill, then the trail. I simplify and let go of the map, which can be a good technique, if you are skilled at it. I am not. I should never lose map contact.

In this case, I went more W than SW, and hit the small marsh. Stupidly, I thought I had gone all the way to the big marsh to the south (without climbing and descending a very big hill Mary? really??). At this point, I think I made a 90 degree error. I remember turning to the right to skirt the edge of the marsh (I thought I was heading W).

After that, I just started climbing. I did notice that I was fighting against the compass (it seemed to be about 90 degrees off) but I ignored that. Warning sign 1. I also noticed that I was now alone. Warning sign #2. I also noticed that the hill was steeper than I expected. Warning sign #3. Did I listen to any of this? Of course not. I had a plan, to just go with it, not matter what. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

It also appears that I somehow got really turned around in here, and ended up heading north in stead of south. Which I did not notice. I finally hit a tril and headed "south". Ran quite a ways until I hit a big trail junction, which should NOT be there. This I finally listened to. And then I looked down, and could not believe, that I was holding my map 180 degrees off. Really??? OMG, I knew I was screwed.

So I turned around and started running like a mad woman down the trail. Until it started taking funny bends that I didn't expect. Where the hell was I??? I had no idea. Ran a bit further until I saw a huge lake. OK, can't miss that. Fuck! I really screwed up. But now I knew where I was, finally, and I started the long, long trail run back down to 5. I was so glad to finally find that control!

On the way to 6, I took a hard fall and landed on my butt on a sharp rock. It hurt like hell, and I stood there for a few minutes until I recovered and stopped shaking. I looked at the course, and thought about heading back in, since I'd already messed up so badly, and I was hurt. But I decided to continue on.

I'm glad I did, if only because I regained some confidence and finished a tough course. So, I had a moral victory for the day (if you conveniently overlook the total ridiculous screw up that should never have happened).

I have to remember to stay in map contact, even on long legs. I started by practicing on a long course with few legs tonight on Catching Features.

My route.

Saturday May 11, 2013 #

9 AM

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run/walk warm up/down 12:00 [1]

run/walk warm up/down 20:51 intensity: (36 @0) + (20:15 @1) 1.48 km (14:03 / km) +132m 9:43 / km
ahr:127 max:141

orienteer race 56:23 intensity: (26:02 @1) + (24:32 @2) + (5:49 @3) 2.9 km (19:27 / km) +93m 16:45 / km
ahr:143 max:162


US Champs Middle distance at Moreau Lake. This map got the better of me in 2010, and I was determined to conqure it this year. I knew that I should take it slow (walk, not run) and stay in contact with the map. I started out very slowly, checking off each and every feature, and got close enogh to 1, that I could quickly relocate when I was one cliff to the south.

Then came control 3. I still was not feeling confident on the map, and I just had a vague plan to head to the trail. When I hit a trail, I quickly figured out it was not the trail I expected. But which trail was it? Wandered a bit, and finally looked further around on the map, and discerned which map I was on. OK, now I knew where I was, and I had a good plan to follow the trail to the marsh, then skirt the edge of the marsh to the control. But I didn't go far enough, and I doubted myself, and spent some crazy time checking out every other rocky hill near by. Made it back to the trail agiain, and this time I followed my original plan. Duh! So disappointed in myself.

Four was a short leg, and I then I wandered again towards 5. This time I was beginning to get a feel for the map, though, and when I hit the really big boulder, I finally, finally felt I was reading the map instead of just reacting to stuff around me.

After that, I moved fairly smoothly through the rest of the controls. If I missed the first time, I relocated quickly (like #10). I was still walking most of the time, trying to stay in contact and read the map in the rain. I think it was a wise strategy.

So, I had a disaster in the beginning but I recovered and finished clean. I figure after three days of orienteering at Moreau, the score is Moreau 1.5 to Me 1.5 :)

My route.

Friday May 10, 2013 #

2 PM

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run/walk warm up/down 20:00 [2]

orienteer race 22:02 intensity: (52 @1) + (30 @2) + (17:36 @3) + (2:54 @4) + (10 @5) 2.3 km (9:35 / km) +56m 8:32 / km
ahr:161 max:192


US Champs Sprint at Camp Wakpominee. I wanted a clean consistent race. I wanted to think about the navigation, and not the running. I tried some new techniques to get me focused, calm and ready at he start, and they worked well. I often start off a sprint race too fast, with too much adrenaline. But not today.

However, I might have been a bit too calm in the beginning, becuase I hesitated and made small bobbles on the 3 of the first 4 controls. But each time, I recovered quickly. Overall, I felt it was a steady race. I didn't think about running at all. Well, until the finish chute. I did try to win that split :)

Totally amazed to finish second in F50. That was nice.

My route.

Wednesday May 8, 2013 #

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weights 30:00 [3]

Tuesday May 7, 2013 #

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cycle 40:00 [2]

A perfect spring evening, where you're dying to be outdoors, cause it feels like you've been cooped up all winter (even though you haven't). Lots of bikers and walkers on the path tonight.

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