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Training Log Archive: AliC

In the 7 days ending May 29, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:26:14
  Strength1 40:00
  Running3 29:30 1.41 2.27
  Total4 3:35:44 1.41 2.27

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Tuesday May 29, 2018 #


Flight back went ok, we again got an extra seat. (Now thinking for sure can't be luck, but that Delta is being nice to these parents with a lap infant. Or being nice to the poor passenger that would otherwise be sharing our triplet of seats.)

Biked into work and went to baby swimming class for recovery, neither worthy of logging. Tomorrow starts training for WOC! Totally keen to be faster and to be more prepped technically for the challenges. I really didn't think about going to Latvia before this weekend, so time to try to learn what the terrain is supposed to be about. Hoping I can get in some training on our road trip next week (Boise, Denver, maybe should try a detour to Laramie on the way home...).

Monday May 28, 2018 #

Orienteering 1:26:40 [4]

Team Trials Long @ Mt. Lakes

7 th on Red, first team trialer, 3rd woman to Emma W. and Rachel R.

Really enjoyed it, kinda wished afterwards I'd pushed harder as I wasn't too exhausted at the finish. Still, did what needed to be done and just absorbed more really awesome orienteering!!

Relatively clean except very early on (1 and 3). But there were a bunch of route choices out there and comparing with Tori, we had pretty comparable times - so unsure if I made the right or wrong choices for how fast I was running/navigating through the terrain on those.

1 - Like many on Red, I had problems here. Came very close, distracted by Pavlina and the men's control. Their control was in a big reentrant, no rocks. Ours was in a mini reentrant between two rocky spurs. Really shouldn't have had to go check out their control...
2 - Straight, guided by rock walls.
3 - Oof, somehow pushed *way* left of where I intended, came across trail below big cliff. Didn't process cliff was on a form line until now.
5 - Hesitated a bit in the earlier shallower reentrant just N on same contour.
7- Ooh, big route choice! I went left: trail to road, then dumped off road towards marsh and the trail that goes along E side of Spruce lake. But I left the trail while it was still high and ran through flat woods to the next road, by the tetris-shaped building. Then went up transient stream bed, used marsh as a for-sure point but then still was hesitant approaching circle because *everything* was a dot knoll.
9 - Scary leg, down hill to a fairly along cliff. Tried pace counting, just so I didn't stop to early to look. Worked, but what worked more was seeing Wyatt who did find it before me.
10 - Helps now to see many of the contours are just form lines - I was suprised by flatness and should have realized while out there!
11 - Not really sure what to do with this leg. I went a bit left of straight (not particularly intentionally, stuff just seemed to keep pushing me that way). Don't think there is any amazing option I missed, but would have been a good one to just fight through with less worrying about exactly where I was, get out to yellow ride and then was easy from there to control. Finding the cairns I located didn't help...
13 - Should have gone straigher, enjoyed the trail for too long, had to veer to come into the control how I wanted to.
14 - Whoops! Map fold meant I totally missed the left road route!! I totally would have taken it if I'd seen, but I guess at least I did well executing the forest route!
16 - This one I did see the road route, decided it was too far. But think Tori came out slightly ahead having chosen road. Good to know, happy I kept moving decently well through the woods.

All in all, happy with the run, but do need just more practice/training and to start pushing the speed in the woods more. I'll let the ankle swelling go down, then hopefully do exactly that!!

I'd say I'm getting over the rustyness, but my mode has been staying in very good contact with the map, not simplyfying. That's worked ok this weekend, but I'll need much more speed for WOC, so need to channel how I've orienteered in the past more!

Running warm up/down 3:00 [1]

Pretty chill warmup, because long.

Saturday May 26, 2018 #

Orienteering 43:54 [4]

Well, cool! Had a pretty clean race to win both TT and F21, although AJ Riley snuck in ahead on M20, so didn't win the course.

I'm expecting #7 to be my biggest mistake, kinda wandered off-route. But there were many features to save yourself by on this map, so did that. Generally I wasn't that confident with bearings. On today's feature-full map that didn't hurt me much, but need to work on.

Right ankle crunched at some point in the course, so now icing it and ibuprofen-ing. Hoping it feels better for tomorrow, these woods are fun to orienteer in!!

Friday May 25, 2018 #

Running warm up/down 10:00 [1]

Gentle warm-up. So nice to see people I haven't seen in a long time!! Tom took Sylvia to the finish to make friends. Tom's parents and sister and brother-in-law all came to spectate. Not the awesomest, but think they saw me twice from the distance before finishing at least!

Orienteering race 15:40 [4]

Well, cool! Pleased to run decently fast and pleased I remembered how to sprint orienteer.

1 - Didn't even see the woods route. Not sure if it would be worth it to Red's first control, looks like it was to Blue's.
2 - Took right route. Wasn't terribly yellow along fence, but not slow either, so ok.
3 - Left route. Small error, didn't take stairs, which saved distance.
4 - Left route.
5 - Left route and took stairs this time, but now looking I kinda like right more.
6 - Right route. But eep! Construction! Saw the Blue control first, remembering the instructions that the control was supposed to be inside was outside and marked on the map. But it wasn't the right number. So looked up, saw the actual fence and control I was looking for and continued on to them. Think this confused most runners on Red.
7 - Right route. Feeling like I'd like to be running faster.
8 - Right route. Now maybe like left better. At least would have been more fully in the shade.
9 - Fine.
10 - Right route.
11 - Happy to run under the shade canopy!
12 - 1st small mistake: almost ran down hill the wrong direction (E instead of NE). 2nd small mistake, came out into the open quad when I meant to run N between the two rows of dorms.
13 - Fine, flipped map on way there to see what was up next.
14 - Fine, definitely feeling more tired!
15 - Choose left. Now like right more.
16 - Left route, still more shade-running under canopy.
17 - Fence helped not stop to early to check things out.
18 - Fine.

So yeah, only small mistakes. Perhaps some non-optimal route choices, but all of the route choices to me seemed like fairly close calls.

Thursday May 24, 2018 #


Travel day. Met with my student 9-10am, then to the airport! Sylvia planed well, but we were spoiled with an extra seat in our row, so she got to play and sit and squirm in her own space.

Wednesday May 23, 2018 #

Running 16:30 [1] 1.41 mi (11:42 / mi)

Pre-pilates canyon lap, while reading a sprint training course @ SUNY Purchase that we did at Camp Neil in 2012.

Strength 40:00 [1]

Pilates with Mary. Just 4 of us today, nice and calm. I am soooo inflexible.

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