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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Jul 31, 2005:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  orienteering3 2:23:18 10.81(13:15) 17.4(8:14) 591
  Total3 2:23:18 10.81(13:15) 17.4(8:14) 591

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Saturday Jul 30, 2005 #

orienteering 49:27 [4] 5.5 km (8:59 / km) +591ft 7:44 / km
shoes: Integrators

WMOC finals, 6th place, a disappointment though by no means a disaster.

Had a couple of thoughts in mind before the start: be a little careful to #1, don't blow it in the first couple of minutes, and in general be a little careful all the way. And stick to the high ground since the marshes were expected to be wet and slow (and thick). I did both things pretty well, but ended up 5 minutes behind. Reason #1, general tiredness, a day without good legs. #2, a lack of pushing the pace, which should be possible even when the legs don't feel good (that's one of the things you train!). Only in the last couple of minutes did I feel like I was racing. And reason #3, one long rough open marsh turned out to be great running and the best route on one long leg. I didn't even consider it, and I lost 3 to 3.5 minutes on the leg to a couple of people who finished about the same time overall as me.

For a while I thought I was doing ok. Picked up the guys who started 2 and 6 minutes ahead of me on #2, then left them behind. And although I knew I wasn't moving well, I was feeling positive, until I saw the last starter (4 minutes behind me) with about 4 controls to go. That got me revved up a bit, and also discouraged, but I finished well, beat him into the finish by a minute. But by then the race was long since lost.

Guess it's like the old Brooklyn Dodgers -- wait til next year....

Thursday Jul 28, 2005 #

orienteering 46:30 [3] 4.6 mi (10:07 / mi)
shoes: Integrators

Qualifier 2 for the WMOC. Splits

Strange day. Much better terrain/course, difficult in some ways -- mainly picking a good route and then executing it well, also in keeping a good tempo in some crappy woods -- and easy in some ways (fast/easy running on the higher ground, controls not difficult). I was taking it as training and was not at all happy despite an ok time (third on the day in my half of M60). It helps to not lose any time at the controls. But I was not planning well, not running well, not happy with routes. Will have to do a lot better in the final on Saturday, hopefully this will be a kick in the butt....

No cows today, but some very active beavers.

Tuesday Jul 26, 2005 #

orienteering 47:21 [4] 4.5 km (10:31 / km)
shoes: Integrators

Day 1 (of 2) of qualifying for the WMOC.

One of the least pleasant courses I have run in recent times. Part of it can be blamed on the cows, or more accurately thier absence. They were supposed to have grazed the open areas, but the schedule got mixed up and they never showed. So the open areas were knee to waist high grass (for me, mid-calf for others....). The wooded areas, where the cows wouldn't have gone, were usually knee to waist-high other alien vegetation hiding various deadfall.

Would not have been so bad with a late start, but I was off first in my class. Ran hard in the pastures anyway, but the woods were terrible and I spent a lot of time walking. But managed to find the controls ok, just one small error not seeing a control in the tall grass on my first pass. So mission accomplished. Don't know what I finished, was third when I left.

Results are supposed to be on the WMOC page at some point. I'm in M60-2. Top half make the A final, best start last. Goal is to get a reasonably late start tme for the final.

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