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Training Log Archive: z-man

In the 7 days ending May 11, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 54:10 4.97(10:54) 8.0(6:46)
  Total2 54:10 4.97(10:54) 8.0(6:46)

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Saturday May 11, 2013 #

Orienteering race 37:56 [5] 5.0 km (7:35 / km)

I had high hopes for this race provided that I've already been on this terrain and knew what to expect. But given my current fitness level I needed a strategy. It may sound strange, but I decided to adopt the high risks high rewards one. The plan was to approach the fist control with care, study the course ahead, get a feel for the terrain, and then get aggressive.
Even with care, I almost overshot the first control. This should've rang bells in my head that orienteering wouldn't be as simple as I remembered it be with leaves on the ground. But plan was already set in motion and I got aggressive. Using compass and aiming for marshes I wasn't particularly clean and even lost contact with the map around #7 and then at #12, but both times recovered with minimal losses. On the long leg to #15 I started to fade and then totally botched #16. I am guessing I was rushing with my compass and got pulled to the left. I knew I've got far enough and stopped to reassess. Not liking/knowing the surroundings I decided to relocate and run south towards big marsh. This is where I stumbled upon the bag. so a nice middle race save right there. Then into the marsh, to the island and then to the dry land towards #17 and the last two bags.
I wasn't and still am not very happy with this race. I think I got lucky that many other runners had their own issues on the course so my result was somewhat ok in the end.

Friday May 10, 2013 #

Orienteering race 16:14 [5] 3.0 km (5:25 / km)

It is sort of strange that most success I ever had in sprints were in wooden ones. Those times are long gone it would seem, and as such, there was nothing unusual about this race. Average run, average result. I could've been 30 sec or so cleaner, but still way behind the top three.

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