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Training Log Archive: wwk

In the 7 days ending May 27, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 7:26:31 15.64(28:33) 25.18(17:44) 53111c
  Total2 7:26:31 15.64(28:33) 25.18(17:44) 53111c

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Sunday May 26, 2013 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 5:48:04 [4] 20.88 km (16:40 / km) +467m 15:00 / km
shoes: Columbia Romero trail runners

Hickory Hop Mini-Rogaine, 6 hour event with two successive copies of the same "Shades of Death" area of Hickory Run. When I flipped the maps over I was in awe of all the green, and all the controls in the middle of the green.

I didn't try to maximize points -- I tried to minimize my chances of cramping up and dying in a mountain laurel thicket. So I avoided the controls surrounded by 300m of medium green.. (note: DVOA has some severe masochists) Though now that I've been through it, I'd like to give some of those a shot.

My goal was to spend about 3 hours on each map. On Map A, don't walk so far but do some of the more technical controls, then on Map B I would go farther but stay on trails more, in case I no longer had the mental ability to find anything.

1113 points out of about 2700, not a high score. I was walking the whole way and not really thinking too much about points, but more about making a reasonable circuit with controls I wanted to find and staying comfortably inside the time limit.

Map A, my route was: 51, 31, 73, 55, 79, 69, 77, 65(miss), 75, 63, then finish at about 2:45...

I was happy with doing the 73-55-79-69 circuit, with no trail contact, with no significant problems, perhaps some wandering to find 55 which was in a very minor feature. The stony ground and vegetation made for excellent handrails. I missed 65, I was probably within 50m but was not thinking straight at all, I just kept walking in the correct direction and wound up stumbling on control 56, on a boulder 200m beyond 65! At least that gave me a good attack on 75...

Map B, my route was 80, 44, 52, 72, 64, 70, 66, 32, 60, F at 5:48

I probably underestimated my capabilities, I could have done less trail routes/longer distance and gone for more technical ones. Part-way in I was feeling pretty good so I opted to get 72,64 which were in the same area as I went to on map A. I probably could have easily gotten some of the other high point controls on this part of the map. Instead I went out to the corner for 70, then walked along the "Jeras Corporation" trail out towards the Gorge and then back.

Note: Jeras Corp. appears to operate this:

This was a really, really fun event. I'm sure they won't do anything like this again for 20 billion years. The map is detailed, almost intimidating, but its very accurate. We also lucked out with the weather -- low 60s F and clear, sunny. This could have been miserable if 80F and humid.

Saturday May 25, 2013 #

9 PM

Orienteering race 1:38:27 [1] *** 4.3 km (22:55 / km) +64m 21:19 / km
11c shoes: Columbia Romero trail runners

Night-O at Hickory Run, Intermediate course. Planned to go out with Stacey and Zoe, and then my brother Ben showed up at the last minute, so invited him to.

A really nice course -- and no complaints from the 9 year-old either; she really liked it! The first 5 controls were definitely 'orange' level with a good ramp-up in difficulty. We probably wouldn't have found the first 4 without all the 'help' nearby. Since we were then behind (we were one of the last starts anyway) we did spike 5 which was a success! After that the rest of the controls were beginner level around the lake/picnic areas, which was a lot of fun -- we swung on the swingset at ~10:30 PM, and the last leg was right across the beach; very pretty!

What started as a tenuous flashlight situation became a mess--we had one good headlamp, one good 'spotter' light, and 4 random maglights with batteries of unknown provenance. Zoe had to have the good headlamp. The spotter needed a battery change partway through. The maglights were all fading by the end. Fun!

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