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Training Log Archive: furlong47

In the 7 days ending Oct 24, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 3:48:37 7.39(30:55) 11.9(19:13) 37048c
  horseback riding (western)1 2:00:00
  Total4 5:48:37 7.39 11.9 37048c

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Sunday Oct 23, 2011 #

9 AM

orienteering race 2:06:00 [3] *** 6.4 km (19:41 / km) +180m 17:16 / km
15c shoes: VJ Integrators

CSU Middlesex Fells Long - Green Y (F-Green)

Wanted to wuss out down to Brown again, but the first available start time was way too late in the day.

Probably for the best, as this was fine. I could have pushed a lot more, even, but wanted to relax and try to have fun instead. Two minor mental panics - one when I came to a trail junction and encountered a large, unmapped pond/swamp. I could not figure out how and where I could have gone wrong. Continued in the way I thought I should be going, and everything matched up again - it was a low spot which had filled up with water. The second was on top of a rough open hilltop with many narrow trails, where I just could not follow anything, but did eventually find my way through.

Saturday Oct 22, 2011 #

12 PM

orienteering race 1:08:54 [3] *** 2.9 km (23:46 / km) +100m 20:16 / km
11c shoes: VJ Integrators

CSU Lynn Woods Middle - Brown (F-Brown)

I've been having a lot of anxiety, and it always seems to apply itself to orienteering more than some other things. (I already know I have to go back to the doctor and get on meds again. But there was nothing I could do in time for this weekend.)

I was already keyed up because I had signed up for F-21+ a couple months ago when I was still feeling fine. I was nervous about having a late start and being out longer than everyone else. I kept hearing chatter about the difficulty of the map which was making me feel even more nervous.

When I set out for the start, I missed the first turn somehow and started following the wrong streamers. (Orange ones I guess for the trail race in the park tomorrow.) I started to feel like it was wrong when I saw controls and runners. I asked someone if this was the way to the start, only wanting a yes or no answer, then felt bad for disturbing her when she launched into some long and confusing answer which did not help. There were others up there with me, I wasn't the only one going the wrong way.

I did go back and found the correct path to start. Having been in embargoed terrain, I felt like I first had to disqualify myself. Then I decided to drop to Brown which I probably would have done anyway upon reaching start. I was feeling frustrated and upset and a little tearful, and was then told I could run Red if I still wanted to, which was the exact opposite of what I wanted, but I guess most people would interpret it the other way. This whole part was really embarrasing.

Frankly, dropping down ended up being the best choice. I took trails to the vicinity of #1 and was having a real hard time even reading what was along the trail. I felt like I was crawling between controls, having to pick my way from feature to feature. I did eventually get more of a feel for the map, but still managed to lose focus at the end and screw up the last control.

So, making it through tomorrow and then I will take a bit of a break to get my head screwed back on straight.

Friday Oct 21, 2011 #

3 PM

orienteering race 33:43 [4] *** 2.6 km (12:58 / km) +90m 11:03 / km
22c shoes: VJ Integrators

CSU Franklin Park Sprint - Red (F-21+)

Really enjoyed this course... didn't expect to be fast, and wasn't, but was relatively clean.

Thursday Oct 20, 2011 #

4 PM

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

Rode for 2 hours in the forest and beach at Goddard Memorial State Park in Rhode Island

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