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Training Log Archive: Tom O

In the 7 days ending May 3, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:39:51 6.65(24:03) 10.7(14:56) 50520 /26c76%
  Volleyball1 2:00:00
  Trail Run1 56:18 6.25(9:01) 10.06(5:36)
  Road Run1 32:19 4.1(7:53) 6.6(4:54)
  Total4 6:08:28 17.0 27.36 50520 /26c76%

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Sunday May 3, 2015 #

Orienteering 1:15:13 [4] *** 5.2 km (14:28 / km) +245m 11:42 / km
spiked:10/12c shoes: Icebug Spikes

West Point A-Event Day 2 - Green X Course on the Black Rock Forest map (western section). I joked before the start that I expected to do well today since I was very fresh, having used neither my legs nor my brain on Day 1. I was a bit taken aback at the start area when I was relaxing chatting with people and heard them yell my name. My registration packet and bib both showed my start time as 9:50 but, unbeknownst to me, they apparently decided to change it to 9:34. I rushed to the 2nd line and managed to make the 9:34 start. Today was a better outing and certainly more enjoyable than yesterday's terrain. There were a lot less blueberries and laurel to contend with but it was still steep and rocky. I went out very deliberately, determined to avoid a repeat of the big errors. I was pretty successful at it until #11 which I must have circled completely around without seeing the flag - 5 mins lost. It was tucked pretty tightly between some rocks. Once again, I thought the map seemed suspect in there. The rest of my lost time was just due to slowness. I thought the course would have benefitted from 1 or 2 long legs - the leg lengths were all similar. There was a particularly brutal leg from 9-10 that involved major climb through stacked cliffs. The climb on today's course was calculated a little more accurately - it was only low by 50%.

In some ways, this event erased some of the progress the cadets have made over the past 10 years or so. They are young and I applaud what they do, but they need someone with a strong hand guiding them and that appeared to be lacking here. The issues with course lengths, climb miscalculation, and lack of water are easily correctible. It was still a fun event and I'm glad I went.

Saturday May 2, 2015 #

Orienteering 1:24:38 [4] *** 5.5 km (15:23 / km) +260m 12:27 / km
spiked:10/14c shoes: Icebug Spikes

West Point A-Event Day 1 - Green X Course on the Black Rock Forest map (eastern section). I think I had been on this terrain quite a few years ago and my memory was that it was pretty rugged. It certainly did not disappoint on that front with rock, blueberries, mountain laurel and steep hills in abundance. My problems began today during warm-up. I had brought the one model map snippet from my registration packet and headed into the woods adjacent to the start triangle. It was vaguely similar to the terrain but I could not make heads or tails out of the rock detail. Of course I couldn't - I later discovered it was the model map for Day 2!

My confidence shaken, I started the course and was okay through the first 3 controls. Then enroute to 4, I started to have problems correlating the map to reality and ended up a little left and had to go around more of the marsh than I planned. Probably 2-3 mins lost but leg 5 looked easy I told myself, should be able to gain back some time on the trail. I had no energy on the trail but passed Olga a bit before the junction. I had decided to go right to the stream/trail crossing and approach from there. I followed a bearing and paced but ended up inexplicably right, too far down the hill trying to make sense of all the details that I couldn't find on the map. It was the Twilight Zone out there. I should have just bailed left and followed the rock ledges but even those didn't look right. Eventually I headed uphill and found the flag but think I lost about 10-15 mins. The rest of the way was better but very slow. I eventually caught up to Olga again near the Eagle's Nest.

This area could really use a complete remap. I'm not anxious to return to it anytime soon. The climb was 2X the advertised value.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015 #

Road Run 32:19 [3] 4.1 mi (7:53 / mi)
shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11

Lunchtime run at a comfortable pace. Gorgeous weather.

Volleyball 2:00:00 [1]

Excellent games tonight with a lot of long points. I was pretty happy with my play all around except for a few bad sets.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 #

Trail Run 56:18 [3] 6.25 mi (9:01 / mi)
shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11

White Clay Creek Preserve - From the Nature Center north to South Bank and over the ridge to London Tract Rd. and back.

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