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Training Log Archive: maprunner

In the 7 days ending Oct 22, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  orienteer4 3:26:14 8.82(23:22) 14.2(14:31) 167717.3
  cycle1 1:00:00180.0
  hike1 30:0030.0
  weights1 30:0030.0
  Total7 5:26:14 8.82 14.2 167957.3

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Monday Oct 22, 2018 #

cycle 1:00:00 [3]

It was a picture perfect, warm fall day. So I closed my work computer at 4:30 and was on my bike by 4:32.

Sunday Oct 21, 2018 #

8 AM

orienteer race 1:47:37 [3] 6.5 km (16:33 / km) +137m 14:59 / km

US Nationals, Long course at Bishop's Lake

I've orienteered in Michigan before, so I knew the terrain would be hard to read and understand. So the plan was to walk with purpose. Still, I was surprised that it took me three controls to get "into" the map reading. I was really slow on 2, nothing was quite making sense after I passed the marshes.

Things finally started to click, somewhat, after 3. Still lots of hesitations when things didn't make sense, but also a few moments of yeah, it will be right up there.

Was right on track for 6, then took an unexplainable wander a bit off to the side. Spiked 7 (yeah for finally getting a spike)!

My biggest mistake was 9. Just couldn't figure things out as soon as I passed the big depression to the south. I hesitated a bit, and then did a logical thing (for a change): I walked back to the big depression and started again. This is progress. Lately I have been in a "I'll just wander it must be just around here" phase. I was pleased that I stopped and relocated. AP says I lost 2:45 here. I'll take it over a 15 minute mistake any time.

I had a hard time picking a route to 10 (good course setting!). I planned to stay on the trails more, but I was lulled into the white woods just past the marsh. After that, I executed as planned. I'm glad I attacked from the curve in the road (NW of the control).

11 was weird for two reasons: one: I saw the marker from a distance but I thought it couldn't be mine, the placement made no sense. Looked like a flat dry marsh, to me. I was quite surprised to see it was my control when I saw the code. And two: I did a 180 leaving the control. Fortunately, I caught it pretty quickly.

12 to 13 was just a slog, and I hated the green stuff here. Halfway through, I went through a patch of vines that were wrapping me up at every step. That was not fun.

Overall, I loved the terrain and the course. I'm not happy that I was tired and could only walk through this challenging terrain. But I'm very happy that I navigated decently and relocated quickly. I'll take it as a win.

Quick drive to Detroit for an early flight (possum was there also). Nice to be home by 6 pm for a change.

Saturday Oct 20, 2018 #

8 AM

orienteer race 18:54 [4] 2.0 km (9:27 / km) +6m 9:19 / km

US Nationals Sprint 1, Plymouth centennial park

A good race! I was able to run most of the time, I did well reading ahead and knowing where I was going.

Slight bobble at 3 when I couldn't figure out what I was looking for; and less optimal route choice at 9.

I was pleased.
11 AM

orienteer race 28:21 [4] 2.1 km (13:30 / km) +5m 13:20 / km

US Nationals, Sprint 2 Plymouth Centennial Park

I was tired for this second sprint, and it showed, in my thinking. I felt just a few seconds behind on my reading and was not always sharp. Confused at 3, walked past 4 (saw it but assumed it wasn't mine, because it looked like it was on a trail), not planning my attack to 6.

I stood a t 6 for a few seconds to decide if I truly had to run down to the bridge by 4 to get to 7. I didn't want to overlook an obvious other route choice. But yes, I did have to go all the way back down.

Going through the woods to 7 was very rough, tons of downed trees. But after that I was able to take advantage of elephant tracks to get to 8 and 9.

10 was insane. I said to myself, run past the tennis courts, cross the road and go to the shelter. I was just concentrating on running and finishing as soon as I could. I stopped looking at my map away on the way around the tennis courts, and I looked up and saw a shelter way up the road. So I ran up to it (and right past my marker). Ugh, lost 2 minutes here.

Not happy with this run.

Friday Oct 19, 2018 #

2 PM

orienteer race 51:22 [4] 3.6 km (14:16 / km) +19m 13:54 / km

US Nationals, Middle Course, St Patricks Park, South Bend IN and crossing in to MI

This did not go as planned. It started out well, I was moving smoothly and reading well through 5. At 6, I decided to follow a young guy into the woods even though I knew it was too early.

Then it fell apart for the next few controls. Actually, my brain turned off/ Missed the elephant tracks leading right to 7, and didn't follow my compass well, so I wandered in some tall crap before I bailed out. Leaving 8, it took so long to get to the trail, I misunderstood which one I was on. Figured it out and ran to 9.

I was desperate to keep moving and I did not read the map well from 9 to 10. I got the tiny stream (on the map) and I hesitated for a bit, actually considered turning back. But then I saw some leaves about 6 inches below the surface. So I stepped in. And promptly found myself buried in mud up to my chest. Ugh! that was so unexpected, good thing I didn't lose my map or compass. I sort of swam on the surface, pulling myself along on some branches until I got out of there. Boy that was a mess!

When I got out to the road and realized it truly was an uncrossable fence, I was confused. Turned north because I thought I could go on the road to the west, but I saw that the gate was closed there. Did I see the route that went just a bit further north along the road? No, I did not. I turned around and ran all the way south. I thought I could get through the fence at the first bit of green (just east of 10) but I was wrong. So I had to keep going south to the fence end, then head back north. Lost a lot of time on this stupid route.

Lost more time on a bad execution of the route to 11, but then I relocated quickly. That helped turn my brain back on for the rest of the course and I moved well to the end.

I'm disappointed. I wanted to do well this weekend, nice clean runs, with good concentration. Let's see how the next three races go.

Edit: wanted to capture that we went to the history museum and Oliver house in the morning. And were very grateful that our hotel had a washing machine, so that we could clean our muddy clothes (Mike also crossed the "stream" aka mud pit).

And it was very cool to run in two states today: thanks OCIN and SMOC!

Thursday Oct 18, 2018 #


Short travel day to South Bend IN. We went to the campus art museum, which was quite nice. Then an early (delicious) dinner at Chicory Cafe.

Wednesday Oct 17, 2018 #

weights 30:00 [1]

An easy session this week due to the Nationals

Tuesday Oct 16, 2018 #

hike 30:00 [1]

Quick hike around Sandy's neighborhood, being pulled by her dog Kiri. Nice to see her. Our weekend schedules are really busy lately and we have a hard time getting together.

I passed Mike on West campus as I drove home. I usually call out something from the car (in reference to his body :) but there was a woman walking on the sidewalk near him and it just didn't seem like the right time.

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