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Training Log Archive: Tom O

In the 7 days ending Apr 27:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail Run2 2:15:45 14.17(9:35) 22.81(5:57) 261
  Orienteering2 52:36 4.02(13:05) 6.47(8:08) 178
  Weights1 45:00
  Sit-ups1 6:00
  Total5 3:59:21 18.19 29.28 440

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Saturday Apr 27 #

8 AM

Orienteering 28:19 [3] 1.92 mi (14:45 / mi) +99m 12:43 / mi
ahr:146 max:182

West Point Victor Constant Ski Slope - Middle Distance Green Y course. A relatively clean run. Just a small correction on #3 when I veered too far to the right but could see the control to my left. One of the easier courses I've run at West Point.
4 PM

Orienteering 24:17 [3] 2.1 mi (11:34 / mi) +79m 10:21 / mi
ahr:152 max:173 shoes: Hoka SpeedGoat 2

West Point Trophy Point - Sprint Race Green course. A lousy run. Most of my problems were self-inflicted due to not reading control descriptions carefully. There were two controls (#2 and #15) that were classic sprint traps. On #2, I was expecting the control to be at the lower outside corner of the building. When I got there, another woman on the course said "Are you looking for #49? It is missing." So instead of ignoring her and reading the control description carefully, I looked around a little, concluded "Yup, it's not here" and continued on to #3. Punched #3, then #4. For the leg from 4 to 5, it was unclear from the map whether the lower (more direct) route was passable. So I re-climbed the stairs and went around to the left. Along the way, I spotted the 2nd control on the corner of a parapet about 30 feet above where I had been looking before. So I punched #2, returned to punch 3 and 4 and then took the stairs again to get from 4 to 5. Time lost on all this running around was over 3 minutes.

For the trap at 15, the control appeared to be at a covered entrance to a building. The entrance formed a bridge and there was a walkway below bounded by a 20 foot high wall on both sides. The description showed the flag location as under but of course I didn't read it close enough and looked on the upper level before backtracking to get around the wall. Maybe 30 seconds or so lost here.

I think the biggest issue with the Sprint was the length. Winning time was over 18 minutes versus a 12-15 minute standard. It should have been shortened at least 25%.

Finishing on the indoor track was awesome and it is always a treat to be able to run on the West Point campus so it was still fun. But I will never be a fan of sprint courses where the outcome is determined by ability to read fine detail on a control description. My homework from this race is to study and commit to memory the IOF sprint control symbols.

Thursday Apr 25 #

5 PM

Trail Run 58:46 [3] 6.54 mi (8:59 / mi) +61m 8:44 / mi
ahr:157 max:180

Wednesday Apr 24 #

Weights 45:00 [3]

Sit-ups 6:00 [2]

400

Tuesday Apr 23 #

5 PM

Trail Run 1:16:59 [3] 7.63 mi (10:05 / mi) +200m 9:20 / mi
ahr:152 max:169

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