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Training Log Archive: Tom O

In the 7 days ending Jun 28, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking3 3:42:51 11.92(18:42) 19.18(11:37) 482
  Orienteering4 3:11:42 14.04(13:39) 22.6(8:29) 44056 /68c82%
  Total5 6:54:33 25.96(15:58) 41.78(9:55) 92256 /68c82%

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Wednesday Jun 28, 2017 #

Orienteering race 17:20 [4] *** 3.38 km (5:08 / km) +60m 4:43 / km
spiked:11/12c shoes: VJ Iroc

Ridley Creek SP - Sprint #1. A little confused out of the start but then settled down. The course was very straight-forward except for #9 where I took the woods route (and was slow).

Orienteering 21:21 [3] *** 2.4 km (8:54 / km) +90m 7:29 / km
spiked:9/12c

Ridley Creek SP - Sprint #2. Another straight-forward course but a little more route choice than Sprint #1. I took suboptimal routes on #7 and #8 and then was confused a bit at #12.

Thanks to the MacMullan family for a fun set of races.

Sunday Jun 25, 2017 #

Orienteering race 36:16 [4] *** 2.85 km (12:44 / km) +80m 11:10 / km
spiked:11/13c shoes: VJ Integrator Spikes

Stanley, ID - Gold Rush Middle Course on the Dutch Lake map. A much better outing than yesterday. Still had low energy but I fought through it and cleaned up my navigation. Marie-Josee Parayre who had started before me came into #1 just after I punched and we stayed together most of the course. Tori Campbell also joined the train at #7. I think their presence was beneficial for me.

I thought this was an excellent Middle - good course, great terrain, much more enjoyable than yesterday for me.

I'm really glad I went to this event. For a small club, CTOC does a fine job. And it was great experiencing the natural beauty of Idaho.

Saturday Jun 24, 2017 #

Orienteering 1:40:11 [4] 7.0 mi (14:19 / mi) +200m 13:09 / mi
spiked:11/16c shoes: VJ Integrator Spikes

Stanley, ID - Gold Rush Long Course on the Trap Creek Map. I was expecting very technical terrain but was surprised that it was also very physical. I had a lethargic race - just no energy. I think this was due to several factors - the 6500 ft altitude, last week's cold/flu, the warm temps (started just before noon) and the persistent deadfall on the forest floor. I had not really done any woods orienteering since West Point and had no forest legs.

I was being very deliberate out of the start headed to #1 following compass and pace but the contours just did not seem right. So I backtracked, re-attacked losing several minutes. Had I just kept going the first time, I would have been ok. I plodded through the course without any huge errors after that until #12 where I was just slightly right and beyond the control on first approach but couldn't find the control and could not confirm exactly where I was so wandered losing a lot of time before finally figuring things out. My nav was shaky throughout - made a dumb route choice to #7 for example.

This race confirmed what I already knew - you can't expect to do well in this tough terrain without putting in adequate training upfront.

The course was decent, fair. I'm not sure the 2.5m contour interval was necessary - this is not at all flat terrain. The deadfall really detracted from the enjoyment for me - I could not get any momentum going and did not have the leg strength to power through it.

There were some really fine performances on this course by Ted Good and Tapio.

Hiking 1:45:00 [1] 5.0 mi (21:00 / mi) +220m 18:28 / mi

Stanley. ID - After an early dinner, drove over to Redfish Lake and did an out and back hike on the Redfish Lake loop trail. It was all uphill on the outbound but I did eventually get some nice views of the lake. Feeling really wiped out after the earlier race.

Friday Jun 23, 2017 #

Orienteering race 16:34 [5] *** 2.7 km (6:08 / km) +10m 6:01 / km
spiked:14/15c shoes: Salomon XR Mission

Boise, ID - Gold Rush Sprint on the BSU Campus. Given my lack of woods time this spring, I figured this race was my best chance at doing well this weekend and that's pretty much how it played out. I had a very good run. Maybe lost 3-4 seconds on #3 when it was not quite clear if we could cut through an olive green area on some stepping stones - I think it is shown as passable on the map. I went around just to be safe. Probably lost about 10 seconds on #10 when I went left around the tennis courts instead of right which is slightly shorter. Ended up 2nd in M55 to JP Lande who was about 13 seconds faster. A really fun race, good kickoff to the weekend.

Hiking 1:00:00 [1] 4.0 mi (15:00 / mi)

Stanley, ID - Arrived up in Stanley in late afternoon, checked into my room at the Stanley High Country Lodge (very nice), had an early vegan dinner with gluten free beer at the Sawtooth Hotel and then headed over to Stanley Lake to take in some ot the scenery. The Sawtooths are quite spectacular and it is nice that the area is relatively undeveloped. I did an out and back hike on the Stanley Lake Trail. Very nervous about the races this weekend and my lack of preparation.

Thursday Jun 22, 2017 #

Hiking 57:51 [1] 2.92 mi (19:49 / mi) +262m 15:30 / mi

Boise, ID - After dinner hike from Old State Penitentiary up to the Table Rock lookout. Nice view from up there, beautiful weather.

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