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Training Log Archive: ndobbs

In the 7 days ending May 31, 2011:

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Tuesday May 31, 2011 #


Just opened my new Icebugs today, ridiculous what they come equipped with these days ;)


Nice to see Boris and Anders nailed what I consider the best route on 14->15 in the long... I like Robbie's ott (nearly) to 8... really nice navigation by Anders in the middle - just a slight swerve 8->9 by the looks of it, and perfect 5->6 downhill slalom!

Girls need to upload routes!

Monday May 30, 2011 #


Woke up this morning to pouring rain, sent Becky a text to cheer her up but she seemed very happy, must have been nostalgia for home or sumfing.

Arrived at the event ten minutes before Sam was due to finish and Eric was smiling and relaxed, first time I'd seen that. Twenty minutes later Sam came in with Ali hot on her tail.

Ali came close, but had to wait for Andrew Childs to break 35 minutes on the Red, and for Robbie A on the Blue (three decent runs out of three, respect!), two minutes clear of the best US runner, Jordan.

I though Anders might get close to 30, but 29:33 is damn impressive. BM is now on his top-ten list of maps he has run on ;)

Lots of happy people today, weather got hotter and sunnier as the day went on. Sweltering now. Good times.

A big thank you to all the participants who made the work worthwhile, and a huge, huge thank you to all who helped out!


Talked on the way home about the difference between Sweden and smaller O-nations (Ireland/France/US/UK)... an example:

My club in Sweden organised a middle distance regional champs. My job was to put out four white course controls at path junctions.

I go to the US and I get to plan Team Trials on world class terrain... just a tad more rewarding.

Sunday May 29, 2011 #


Becky the star had it all under control by the time I arrived (having been woken up 15 minutes after first start, nice) in time to see the action.

Ali and Sam were as awesome as I expected. On the boys, only a Norwegian star got close to my expected winning time. Oops. A couple of minutes due to optimism, a couple due to the heat and a couple due to silly navigation. Courses were challenging, at least, in this world class terrain ;)

A taster for what WOC has to offer:

RG should be interesting.

Closed OCAD for the first time in a couple of weeks! Aaaahhhhh...

Saturday May 28, 2011 #


Silly Canadians:

Got to watch NM sprint too, before heading out to Purchase. Looked like a good race, if a minute or two long for my taste. Loads of route choices which may or may not be 50-50, really hard to tell.


Pretty good today... despite control stand bases not arriving when they should nor where they should, managed to get all the controls out and in the right place with the start only delayed by 15 minutes, so first start 3 pm. Ross was almost dead on 14 minutes, Sam and Ali were (unsurprisingly?) faster than I expected. AT ran his first sprint since EM in a sweet 13 flat.

Certainly a fun race to watch, with lots of small mistakes in full view of the spectators ;)

And all the controls out of Purchase and up to Blue Mtn by 5.35pm (all of 5 minutes behind schedule). A bit stressful for some, but mostly a job well done. [Now I wait for the complaints to come streaming in.]

Pity I couldn't be fit in France to kick some ass there. Amazing to see the three Swedish kids on top of the results.

Chest felt a bit weird after wolfing some cookies once everything was packed in the cars. Annoying.

There are a wonderful bunch of orienteers in the US.


Thanks to Valerie and Sandy, RG for the sprint. Draw in your routes!!!

Thursday May 26, 2011 #


Sad that there is only one clubless person signed up for the sprint. Hopefully there will be a few EODs.

Still run-down, uncharacteristically unhungry, but feeling a whole lot better than a few days ago.


Pepsico land is worth a visit, across the road from SUNY Purchase.

Croton Dam, near Blue Mtn, can be spectacular and is worth a visit, even if it doesn't rain the next few days.

Nearly there!
5 PM


Went for a walk at lunchtime in the hopes of building up an appetite. Failed.

Since the burger/chips yesterday lunch, I've eaten a couple of tomatoes, a few oranges, a bit of yoghurt and a couple of squares of chocolate. Maybe I'm turning into a girl.

Just gone 4 minutes without receiving a TT-related mail. Wow.

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