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Training Log Archive: Atropos

In the 1 days ending Jul 18, 2011:

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  Orienteering1 49:01
  Total1 49:01

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Monday Jul 18, 2011 #

Orienteering warm up/down 10:00 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

Warm up for the WCOC middle. Running around on the warm-up map and jogging across the field.

Orienteering race 21:02 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

WCOC sprint. I started one minute ahead of Carol but I decided I wasn't going to worry about her. I wanted to see if I could get through the race with out seeing Andrea (starting 2 minutes behind) and Louise (starting 4 minutes behind). I was still feeling really sluggish from the whole lack of sleep thing but so I managed to swallow a powergel before the race but I'm doubtful it helped that much. The first control was a long route choice leg and I decided to go left but managed to get on the wrong path. Various misadventures ensued and Carol (who had had problems of her own on number 1) arrived at the control together. Carol took off to the right on her way to number 2 and I, thinking that I was sooo smart, took the left way which in retrospect may be a little longer. Andrea caught me at number two and Katherine, who started 2 minutes after, caught me there as well. I tried to keep up to them on the short steep hill to three but I had to walk. I feel much stronger than I have in the past but I think that my running conditioning is still very weak. It is time to demote the elliptical trainer and do more actual running and treadmill. I was surprised to see Katherine again a 4 which I looked for one trail too early. She had forgotten the control and had to go back for it. Louise crashed into the control just as I was leaving it. 4 to 5 was another route choice leg and I decided to go left with Katherine along the road and leave Louise to take the trail route which was slightly slower and more complicated. I was slightly to the left on 6 but quickly recovered and even though number 7 was almost visible from 6, I made a parallel error and went up the wrong trail. 8 and 9 were clean but they were the only controls on the whole race I was clean on. I enjoyed the race but I was frustrated with myself.

Orienteering 17:59 [3]
shoes: Icebugs

As soon as I got my map back, I decided to run the course again before the flags were picked up. Control 1 took 3:42 instead of 5:04. I took the right hand route instead of the left to number 2 and was actually 24 seconds faster the first time. I was definitely running much slower (just because I was tired not because I wasn't trying as hard) than the first time around. I was 63 seconds faster going to control 4 and managed to go from 6 to 7 in 58 seconds rather than 3:27. Still, I wasn't as pleased with my rerun as I could have been. I wonder where my head has been this weekend. I hope I find it before the COCs!

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