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Training Log Archive: furlong47

In the 7 days ending Nov 6, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 2:51:58 6.59(26:07) 10.6(16:13) 34040c
  horseback riding (english)1 1:00:00
  Total4 3:51:58 6.59 10.6 34040c

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Saturday Nov 6, 2010 #

Event: Hickory Run
9 AM

orienteering race 30:07 [4] *** 2.3 km (13:06 / km) +60m 11:35 / km
14c shoes: VJ Integrators

Hickory Run Campground - Sprint - F-21+ (Red)

A bit disasterous. Had a hard time focusing, and on the way to 3 got totally off course and ended up in the campground area North of the road instead of the SE section of the map where I should have been. Convinced myself that certain buildings, roads, and campsites were actually others. A giant, nasty mess. Then even once I knew what I had done, I had issues with reading the area around the control correctly. This leg took almost as long as Sam's entire race!

The rest was okay-ish but I knew I was already tanked so I didn't push. Also tripped on a rock on the way into 9 and fell and slid a bit. Fantastic.

Compass developed a bubble during this race (was fine at the beginning, decent bubble by the end) which it has done at least once before in cold weather back in the spring. Went to Bermans after the race and picked out a new compass - a thumb compass - my first after 17 years of orienteering. Of course, adjusting to that during the next two races wasn't the best idea either.
12 PM

orienteering race 51:24 [4] *** 3.1 km (16:35 / km) +95m 14:23 / km
13c shoes: VJ Integrators

Hickory Run Shades of Death - Middle - F-Green (Green Y)

This was a nice course but riddled with smallish errors for me. The past week has been very stressful, and even though I swore to push those things out of my mind for the weekend, the overall mental effects were still present even when I wasn't thinking or worrying about the situation.

Found 1 easily by running down the trail to the small open area and going behind to the marsh. Went along the tops of the other marshes toward 2, but got confused by the little marsh right on the line, thinking it was the small pond NE of the control. So I headed SW and bumped into the depression with water and realized my mistake, from there finding 2 easily.

Got too low on the hillside going to 3, despite using the green clumps to navigate. Saw the rocks and climbed, then found it.

4 and 5 went well, as did 6 (get to the trail and follow the line of little ponds in) and 7 and 8.

The next bit was quite scenic and I enjoyed following along the stream. I went into the yellow kidney shaped field and left from the wrong place heading towards 9, ended up too low and wondered why I could not find the depressions, then ran into the clump of green with a rock (and control) n it and used that for a new (more successful) attack on 9.

10 and 11, okayish. Then I made a stupid mistake, went about 50 meters (had not even crossed the rocky ground yet) and saw a bag and went to it. Of course it was not mine, I had not gone near far enough and the reentrant was not even facing the right way. Duh. After that corrected and found 12 and then it was up to the road, down the big trail, and in.

Thursday Nov 4, 2010 #

7 PM

horseback riding (english) 1:00:00 [2]

Lesson on William

Sunday Oct 31, 2010 #

12 PM

orienteering race 1:30:27 [4] *** 5.2 km (17:24 / km) +185m 14:46 / km
13c shoes: VJ Integrators

SVO Hammond's Rocks - Mid-Atlantic Championships - Green

A perfect day to be out in nice woods on a map that I enjoy.

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