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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Nov 2, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering3 4:20:58 8.57 13.8 65525 /48c52%781.2
  Cycling2 1:24:00186.0
  Running2 52:00 3.2 5.15104.0
  Total6 6:36:58 11.77 18.95 65525 /48c52%1071.2

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Friday Nov 2, 2007 #

Event: US Champs

Orienteering 35:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Sprint model. At this point, before doing any actual racing, I had high hopes for some good runs this weekend to cap off the year, so I really wanted to get a good look at the model terrain.

The woods were pretty trashy but we were told that they'd be nicer for the actual event (they were). The map was a little weird in places, but didn't seem like that would make too much of a difference during a fast, sprint-level race. Didn't feel very energized but I hoped that was just the morning effect.

Orienteering race 23:29 [4] *** 2.7 km (8:42 / km) +95m 7:24 / km
ahr:187 max:197 spiked:11/18c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Sprint. I didn't know I could make so many mistakes in such a short time frame. ;-)

There were plenty of moments of good orienteering, with notable mistakes being drifting to 8 on my way to 4 (I had goo company with that), drifting left on the long leg and going up the wrong ridge, and getting very confused by the open areas on the way to 15.

I figure about 3 minutes of mistakes, which is a pretty hearty serving over only 23.5 minutes of running. 20:30 wouldn't have moved me up at all placing-wise, but I would have felt much better about it.

If nothing else, Spike seemed really excited to catch me (he started 4 min behind). Eliminating just one of those bigger mistakes most likey would have allowed me to keep him from catching me, and then I'd have no happy moments.

Well, that's not really fair. I did really enjoy the course. Very fun orienteering, and the kind of things that allowed me to try to orienteer really fast with pretty quick feedback - something I'd love to be able to do more of.

Orienteering 15:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Classic model. Went out with a little crowd and we only visited a few controls because we didn't have much time. Kind of wish I'd had more time with this, though I'm not sure it would have made much of a difference.

Thursday Nov 1, 2007 #


Off to VA! This 3 hour time difference thing makes going east almost a whole day affair. Blergh. At least on the way back it's only going to be 2 hours! Oh wait, that doesn't help...

Forgot to share one of the highlights of last weekend, which has nothing to do with orienteering. On the way out to CA we stopped at a Starbucks (not my choice, obviously) in Blythe, CA and talked with the young lady behind the counter. We wanted the first In-n-Out in CA, which is turns out is not in Blythe but out near Palm Springs, a good 100 miles away, and this girl would just die for some In-n-Out since there's not much more in Blythe than a damned prison and an ever drier river. Find out the lady is working on Sunday, so on our way back to AZ we picked up In-n-Out for her and swung through Blythe and the Starbucks. She was totally floored that we remembered her and, aside from free beverages for both of us, I'm convinced that our good deed translated into other good deeds. ;-)

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007 #

Running (trail) 42:00 [2] 3.2 mi (13:07 / mi)
shoes: Asics Trail

Mid-morning run at Sabino Canyon with seabass, Bear Canyon trail. It was a bit warmer than we anticipated and the trail was a bit hillier than seabass was up for, so we walked a bit, and I went back and forth a bit. Nice to get out and loosen up a bit before a long day of work (ha!).

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 #

Cycling (road) 22:00 [2]

Ride in. My scheduling luck seems to have run out - finally have a conflict with WOG, flying tonight. Wanted to go for a trail run this morning instead but I finally actually slept for a long time. A valid trade off.

Cycling (road) 18:00 [3]

Ride home, a little quicker than usual because it was almost cold. I'll need to find my knee warmers. Definitely didn't make it out before midnight but I guess I'm just going to make up these logging rules as I go, subject to change as I go.

Monday Oct 29, 2007 #

Cycling (road) 24:00 [2]

Ride in. Played leap frog with a bus. Lots of wind and stuff. Warm out, but not hot. Felt nice enough.

Cycling (road) 20:00 [2]

Ride home... think I got out the door just before midnight, so this still counts as yesterday. Tid bit nipply out but quite pleasant with a jacket. A jacket!

I eat a lot of junk when I have to sit at the ops desk. No peeps, of course, nothing quite that awful, but not exactly carrots and hummus all night.

Sunday Oct 28, 2007 #

Orienteering race 2:08:42 intensity: (15:00 @2) + (1:33:00 @3) + (20:20 @4) + (22 @5) *** 6.8 km (18:56 / km) +380m 14:48 / km
ahr:176 max:192 13c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Camp Sherman Classic day. This one didn't go as well, though I didn't really realize it until after I finished.

Today's course was Long in character, which meant more trail and road options and therefore less chaparral. Sort of. I managed to add chaparral to my course, just because it's been a while since I've given blood and I wanted to make sure October was taken care of.

I had a few small mistakes (made 1 and 10 harder than they were, blew by 12 because the veg didn't seem to match) and I was quite tired for the last few controls. My feet were torn up (old shoes seem to have shrunk?) and I was hobbling a bit for the second half of the course... but all of that didn't seem to add up to being so very much slower than everyone else.

The "highlight" of the day, and the source of my slowness, it turns out, was the big green hill. We had all anticipated having to climb this sucker the night before and had considered the options for going up and down. There were three apparently viable routes - one up a supposedly clear/forested streambed, one through supposedly mostly white forest, and one on a supposed trail. I had pretty much decided before I started that, given the bingo nature of getting through the vegetation, I'd take a trail option if it were viable.

There was indeed a trail option, slightly out of the way of the obvious route up the streambed. I didn't like the straight option because the vegetation is sketchy and I didn't want to have to clamber over rocks and pick through junk, which just seemed very slow and tiresome (hill is ~125m). I figured even with the extra distance and a bit of extra climb that the trail option was quite reasonable, especially since I was bound to move a lot faster. The trail turned out to be fairly unclear, and wasn't super fast, but I still figured I was making good uphill progress. That is, until I reached the top, mapped as scattered junk but in reality composed of large sections of solid junk. I have no idea how long it took me to hack across, but looking at the splits now I figure at least 10 or 12 minutes, given that it took me almost 7 on the way back to the next control. Ouch.

Frustrated with the colors on the map I decided to go back the way I'd come, figuring that it'd be easier to follow the trail on the way down having already used it once. It was slow. Clearly I took the worst route up and possibly a bad choice on the way down, too. The only thing is, looking at the map, it still seems like an okay choice - or maybe I'm crazy or destined to always make horrible route choices since I can't seem to tell which ones are ridiculously stupid. Had I known that the top of the hill would be so nasty I probably wouldn't have done it, but I don't feel that there's any way of knowing that from the map. I feel duped.

There was a map exchange, so 2 maps. Map 1 and map 2.

Ron Hudson in 1:32 and then a whole lot of people between us, including Tapio in 1:38 and Jan in 1:48.

Saturday Oct 27, 2007 #

Orienteering race 58:47 intensity: (10:00 @2) + (20:00 @3) + (28:47 @4) *** 4.3 km (13:40 / km) +180m 11:18 / km
ahr:188 max:197 spiked:14/17c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Middle distance day, though Clare made sure to give us our money's worth with slightly longer than advertised courses.

A pretty good run for me. The terrain was quite different than what I expected from the description and the photos on the website. Basically, it was way thicker and scratchier with a lot less woods. You know, better, only totally not. In case anyone was wondering whether or not chaparral makes for good running, I can offer up a very strong opinion that it does not.

The notes indicated that the courses started in the more technical part of the map, so I had it in my head to start nice and slow. And I did, but that's partially because I flipped the map over and went, "Woah, what's with all the green? And why are the lines so dark?". Squinting at the map, I made my way slowly to the first control, no issues. Tried to figure out the best way to pick a route through the chaparral on the way to 2 and 3 but never really figured it out. I don't think there's a real technique to it, you just have to be lucky and/or big and scratch resistant.

Had a few bobbles - went right by 6 because I was looking for a bigger feature than the little dip that it was in. Twelve was a real bitch, I don't think I actually screwed anything up, but it took forever to get there. Maybe would have been better to just go all the way around the bottom of the hill in the open-ish stuff. And by the time I got to the end of the course I was pretty beat, because I had expected to be out for 40-some minutes, not almost an hour, and had thus been running harder (a good thing!) and I started running towards 17 on the way to 16. But other than those few things (2 or 3 min total?) it was a solid run with a good result.

Jeff Coker blew everyone away in ~47, Paul Ort in ~56, then Tapio only 14 seconds ahead of me and Jan just over a minute behind me. So, 5th overall and first F-21+, which looked great in the results because the next three women were all Norwegian. How often is that going to happen?

I liked the way I felt for most of the course, actually reading the map in order to know what to expect ahead of me and then actually looking for it and actually running the right way. The map.

Running (dirt) 10:00 [2]

Warm up on the way to the start.

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