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Training Log Archive: RobB

In the 7 days ending Jul 29, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 6:05:00
  Running5 1:55:00
  Total5 8:00:00

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Saturday Jul 28, 2007 #


Travelling back from Linkoping to Sheffield via Gothenburg, Amsterdam and Leeds. Had a 4 hour connection in Amsterdam that turned into a 6 hour stop - the plane was about to take off when another pilot reported seeing fuel leaking from the plane. Took 2 hours to fix, and Clare was pretty grumpy when we finally met up (and I dont blame her) in Leeds. At least I have now nearly finished the book that Oli lent me about 6 months ago.

Friday Jul 27, 2007 #

Orienteering race 1:20:00 [4]

O ringen day 5. Chasing start. Race started in some technical moraine stuff, littered with lots of tracks and variable vegetation, then petered out to boring flat / bushy swampland. Was racing pretty steady but made a few minor misses, went straight on one leg where it was obviously better to go around a track - spiked the control but lost about 2 minutes fighting in the green. By the end there was a nice little pack and we had a bit of a burn up at the end.

Running warm up/down 20:00 [1]

Thursday Jul 26, 2007 #

Orienteering 1:20:00 [4]

Oringen day 4. Another toughie but a bit of a disappointment. The area around the finish was physical technical morraine and the stuff everywhere else was pathy contintental stuff. We spent 4/5ths of the time in the latter which was a shame. Really struggled again to keep moving, but enjoyed tussling with Hakan Erikson (running 21E) who had a lot of similar legs and this kept me motivated. Felt better after taking a crap and an energy gel at the half way point and made one biggish miss (3 minutes) at the end. Could have probably found 6 minutes max of mistakes / hesitations in total.

Running 30:00 [1]

Longggg run to the start and a hobble after the finish. Drank my body weight in choclate milk which they were giving out free at the finish.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007 #

Orienteering 35:00 [3]

Run around a sprint model with GG. Nothing much to report but the course was quite nice!

Running warm up/down 20:00 [3]

Orienteering race 15:00 [5]

WC Sprint. Despite giving my legs a severe talking to they really didnt want to play today. Started off a bit too fast and caught up my 30 sec and 1 min guys about half way round. I was then lactated up to my eyeballs and slowed down (not through choice!) for the last 1/2. I made one minor miss (15 secs) and a couple of not perfect route choices but couldnt really see much more than a 30 second improvement. Ho hum.

Lots of people are going to be resting up tomorrow, which I think is sensible but I am enjoying my orienteering a bit too much and will give it a bash. To add insult to injury there a 4k run out to the start tomorrow to add to the 13k course!

Really pleased for Jon who finished joint 6th. He was estactic and deserved to be too!

Tuesday Jul 24, 2007 #

Orienteering race 35:00 [5]

Legs felt hungover from yesterday, but nothing too bad. Wanted to run the race confidently and cleanly. Missed 2 minutes on a relatively straight forward control, but got back into the flow of things. Turns out lots of people made similar mistakes and that maybe something was not quite right with the map? Anyway not disatisfied but would have been pleased if I could have wiped this mistake out.

Running warm up/down 25:00 [3]

Lots of warming up, trying to convince my legs that they were not knackered and really fancied another race.

Monday Jul 23, 2007 #

Running warm up/down 20:00 [1]

Quite a bit of warming up before hand, not very much afterwards.

Orienteering race 2:00:00 [5]

WC classic mass start. Pace at the start was brisk but not stupid, and was able to stay with everyone around me comfortably for the first 2 loops. Got a bit scared on the way to number 1 on the first loop where I was completly on my own for about 1 minute and had flashbacks to Jukola where I cocked up. Luckily just before the control everyone else in my loop popped up - phew.

Ran pretty steadily around loop 3 which I ran the first half alone but joined up with some others on the second half. Started the 10 k non gaffled with a number of runners, including Launstein, Fraser, Losman and Jonnason.

Felt ok for first 3 k but got aware of lactate building in my hamstrings and then calves as the race went on. Got to about 5k and realised that I just couldn't hang on any longer - was really scared about cramping up and throwing the race away completely. I slowed down and got caught up by another slower moving pack which I stayed with until the end.

Mixed feelings about the race - technically it went ok, but was annoyed that my legs let me down, particularly as I felt I was fit as some of the guys who made it into the top 40. Maybe my lack of long runs recently let me down.

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