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Training Log Archive: AliC

In the 7 days ending Nov 29, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:58:50 4.16 6.7
  Running4 1:53:37 5.0 8.05
  XC skiing1 47:41
  Crosstrainer1 30:00
  Strength1 20:00
  Total6 6:30:08 9.16 14.75

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Sunday Nov 29, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:08:22 [4]

Mt. Tom Western Mass Score-O

Whew, 3rd race in 4 days- practice for summer multidays? Also a super-gorgeous day and nice woods. Anyways, if yesterday my focus was on navigating well, today I was trying to be fierce and ferocious through the woods, without of course, totally losing track of where I was. I think I was slightly faster per k today? I made a few more mistakes than yesterday (3 vs. 1, although none of todays were as big as the one yesterday) and 3 more ankle crunches (one kinda bad, argh!).

So, what was up with the mistakes? 16 -> 13 I think I didn't pay enough attention to my bearing, was dragged down the hillside a bit between streams, then mistook the nearest pile of rocks for the pile of rocks I actually wanted to be near. 6 -> 11 goofed up leaving the trail far too late and then still being unsure where exactly where I was when I left the trail. 11 -> 10 headed too far south, hit the trail below. Revamped plan to attack from the trail corner, but even messed up that plan by heading down when I hit the hillside scar instead of up, major whoops.

Some other controls were spot-on (but not all). Definitely fell like I was running a bit less timid today. Hopefully I can finally get rid of this ankle crunch over the winter!

Thanks to Phil for organizing/planning and PG, Gail and all others who helped! Was loads of fun!

Orienteering (control collecting) 25:00 [2]

Control collecting with Eric afterwards: 15, 18, 17, 16, 14. I navigated to 15 and 17, let him to 18, 16, 14. He hadn't been able to find 16 or 14 during the race, so think he was psyched to be able to find them later! Is more detailed and tricky terrain up that side of the road!

Headed into Northampton for pizza afterwards, unfortunately did not find the same pizza joint as others, but was too starving to look long...

Running warm up/down 4:30 [1]

Short warm up before heading out.

Saturday Nov 28, 2009 #

Orienteering race 1:13:28 [4] 6.7 km (10:58 / km)

HVO event at Blue Mountain Reserve

So much fun! The woods were so so nice to run through, nice day, if a bit cool, and good terrain, little hills and rock and cliffs and marshes. Loved it!

Had a pretty good run around, not frantic, was trying to focus on good navigation, but that went way wrong on my way to 8, when I went 90 degrees too far around a swamp took going down the hill and seeing a big lake to make me figure out that one... oops!

And, although I wasn't pushing it flying through the woods, no ankle crunches! Woo! Legs still a bit sore from Thursday's race still- had to have a quick stretch break at 1 to stretch out the hamstrings too.

Brought along nearly the whole family- Dad, Mom, Stephi, Stephi's boyfriend Eric and Stephi's friend Nancy. Stephi did well on Brown, Eric and Nancy walked Yellow in good time and Dad nearly completed the Orange, despite breaking a rib around control 2!

Orienteering 12:00 [2]

A run around the last 4 controls of orange having a look for dad. Went out with Stephi, alternating navigating. Good fun, but dad beat us back in the end anyways.

Friday Nov 27, 2009 #

XC skiing (rollerski skate) 47:41 [1]

Recovery skate ski around my basic route backwards. Bit drizzly and dreary out. Organ Hill road could really use some re-paving- its a critical part of the loop!

Felt ok, but certainly tired from yesterday's race- even my back is sore? How does road running get your back sore?

Thursday Nov 26, 2009 #

Running warm up/down 7:00 [1]

Warm up around the parking lot. Felt ok, right ankle a bit wierd feeling.

Running race 31:07 [4] 5.0 mi (6:13 / mi)

5mi Turkey Trot from Arlington High School

Good run! I haven't done a road race, or even a cross-country one in ages and ages. (Over a year?) A very hilly 5 mi for being on the roads. I started fast, a bit scared that the first mile was in 6.27, but pretty much kept on pace- I think the variation in mile times is mostly due to the hills.

6.27
6.17
5.53
6.55
5.33

Right quad is a bit sore now- may have strained it a bit flying down the last hill (hence the 5.33 last mile....)

Was only about a minute behind the first woman (Marissa), was 3rd overall. Now time for turkey!!!!

Wednesday Nov 25, 2009 #

Running 10:00 [1]

Could not sleep last night- so annoying! I blame climbing until 10pm + being super duper excited to head home for Thanksgiving...

So missed 6am Amity Hills, jogged to gym on way into work instead.

Crosstrainer 30:00 [1]

At gym (ankle feels a bit overused):
10 min wierd wave cross-trainer thing (kinda like skate skiing mixed with salsa dancing)
10 min elliptical
10 min bike

Some awful tv show was on. Must remember Ipod.

Tuesday Nov 24, 2009 #

Running 1:01:00 [2]

Good evening trail run with Sanjay again. Bit shorter this time, possibly also a bit slower, last week was pretty intense. Tried out the new headlamp, like it! Better than the wee one I have for mountain marathons.

It's amazing how fast an hour of running goes in the dark when you're continually focused about foot placement!

Strength (climbing) 20:00 [1]

Climbing with Christina. Think I did 5 routes? Warm-up yellow, then a new 5.8 in the corner, a 5.9- in the corner (with the flake), Seattlite (5.9) and Green Toucan (5.8). Seattlite still has one really tough move for me that I definitely haven't mastered. Still have to work on that one. Really like Green Toucan, basically switchbacks up the wall.

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