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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Aug 15, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering4 4:34:19 14.55(18:51) 23.42(11:43) 80014 /57c24%855.5
  Running3 20:0045.0
  Strength/Core2 16:0016.0
  Total4 5:10:19 14.55 23.42 80014 /57c24%916.5
averages - sleep:6

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Tuesday Aug 15, 2006 #

Running warm up/down (terrain) 10:00 [3]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Various running bits before the start. First some easy jogging looking for my mom on the night-o course (she went back to look in the daylight), then some sprinting around getting her her punch card, etc...

Orienteering race 32:33 [4] *** 2.9 km (11:13 / km) +135m 9:06 / km

Bitch of a sprint. I went out wicked hard and, of course, bobbled the first control. Kept going hard until just about the same time as my bigger booboo, on number 6. Had nothing left physically after that. It was tougher running out there than I had anticipated, though I think going slowly after that helped me navigate more smoothly, so maybe it's a wash.

Monday Aug 14, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:04:34 [3] *** 5.1 km (12:40 / km) +100m 11:32 / km
spiked:5/10c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Thousand Day Night-O (Green). First "real" night-o for me, so I opted for the saner sounding option of the green course over the red. Got a really late start because I waited for my mom to finish. She had the good headlamp... plus I wanted to make sure she made it back. (She did!)

I'm pretty pleased with this effort for my first go at this stuff. It's pretty tough in the dark, though after a few controls I realized that nighttime just accentuates the daytime issues, it doesn't create new ones. As long as I had a foolproof plan and actually followed it, getting to the controls was easy. Duh. Now I just have to do it all the time...

Had a little trouble with the first control, getting used to the whole darkness issue. Then some trouble with 3, and massive weirdness on 6. But I was able to relocate well on all of them, avoiding any true disasters (relatively speaking...), and the rest went pretty well.

Strength/Core (stretching) 6:00 [1]

Good (but short) stretch before bed. Staying limber for the sprint. (Ha! Who am I kidding?)

Sunday Aug 13, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:31:00 [3] *** 7.4 km (12:18 / km) +285m 10:19 / km
18c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Western Champs Day 2. Felt a little better running today, pretty solid orienteering, just a few bobbles in the rocky stuff. Not too bad. Oh, except for the 12 or 15 minutes lost on #4. So it would be a "pretty good except..." kind of day, but that's not how orienteering works. It was an 'eh' kind of day.

Looking at how I finally managed to find #4 (after looking in entirely the wrong place for a very long time), that's exactly what I had planned on doing on my initial approach, I just didn't realize that I was there when I got there, so I kept going. And then I couldn't make heads or tails of all the rocks on the map. You don't really need to be able to read every little detail in an area like that, because you just need enough to point you right at the control (which, in this case, wasn't very much at all). So I spent a lot of time *trying* to read it all and not succeeding, when I should have bailed early to a lower, more open point in the direction that I came from and re-attacked fresh. Lesson learned (again).

In more uplifting news, mami successfully completed her first orange course today, in approximately 2.5 hours! She's very proud of herself and totally exhausted. (As she should be, on both counts).

Running warm up/down (trail) 5:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Short warmup again. I think the reason I keep it short is because I don't really orienteer fast enough on these longer (non-sprint) courses to consider it a "running race" kind of effort.

Saturday Aug 12, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:26:12 [3] *** 8.02 km (10:45 / km) +280m 9:09 / km
17c slept:7.0 shoes: Integrators (Red)

Western States Champs Day 1. Started off quite well, but then went into "homestretch" mode about...oh, 5 controls too soon, with a sig-nificant amount of the course left. Went from the 9.5 mode to the -3 mode in the course of one single leg, and had a lot of trouble concentrating. Luckily I managed to finish more or less okay. I haven't had a good looky looky yet, but I think probably ~10 min of errors in the last 1/3 of the course. Ouch! There was, of course, the whole not-being-able-to-breath thing, but I'm sure many others were feeling similarly today. Had to walk most hills, and had zero spunk left at the finish.

Sam in 56, Hill in 59 and... Sharon in 83. I have to stop being nice to Sharon, letting her beat me like that. ;-)

Awesome terrain out here - really suits me, I like it. This'll be a fun week. Mami enjoyed her yellow course today, too. Probably ready for orange, but don't want to jump the gun.

Edit: Okay, did a looky-looky and maybe it was more like 6 or 7 minutes lost at the end there. So I guess 2 or 3 minutes just feels like an eternity after a bunch of good legs. Still, not good.

Running warm up/down (trail) 5:00 [1]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Some prancing around before my start. This is when I realized that altitude was a factor. Kept it short.

Strength/Core (stretching) 10:00 [1]

Good evening stretch before bed.

Wednesday Aug 9, 2006 #

slept:5.0 (rest day)

Travel day! CPH to BOS (via Iceland). Tomorrow off to the cottage in Westport for 1 whole day, hopefully get in a good run there. Then Friday it's PVD to Wyoming with my mom. I have to be prepared to treat her for O-culture shock.

Sad to be leaving Denmark. :-(
Glad to have more O coming up. :-)

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