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Training Log Archive: piutepro

In the 7 days ending Apr 30, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 5:19:19 21.85(14:37) 35.17(9:05) 101556 /59c94%
  Running6 3:28:00 24.23(8:35) 39.0(5:20) 270
  Total7 8:47:19 46.09(11:27) 74.17(7:07) 128556 /59c94%

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Sunday Apr 30, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:42:17 [5] *** 11.4 km (8:58 / km) +375m 7:42 / km

US long-0 champs at Thacher State Park. I have a good run, some route choices could be better. The legs feel much better than yesterday. I sense some speed on the trails, the pay-off of the tempo runs. I am glad to find that at my tender age (49 as of today) I can improve my speed.

A pleasant weekend, with a better race on Sunday. I enjoy the long race. There is room for improvement on the map. The course setting and control pick-up of the last week was a lot of time on the map, but in at a slower speed and many hours in the woods. Exhausting for the body, like the almost four hours in the woods on Wednesday. Race map reading is fast, just a glance and a decision. As course setter I have to check all the elements. As Spike comments later, 'you got to change your mental attitude for the race'. Right.

I meet Max, a sweet boy with a hearty appetite for bananas and dirt diving. I sort some gravel rocks with him and we also have a course review together. He is understands the route choices right away and points them out on the map. So far he seems to like orienteering. Definitely a better choice than becoming president, the other option when growing up in Washington.

Running warm up/down 30:00 [3] 5.0 km (6:00 / km) +50m 5:43 / km

I run away from the camp, along the road, to do a thorough warm up. 20 minutes of steady running, some martial arts, stretching, than more running. I need time to wake up. The body seems slow and resists running. I keep running, since I know after 20 minutes or so I feel better.

Saturday Apr 29, 2006 #

Orienteering race 43:02 [5] *** 4.17 km (10:19 / km) +140m 8:50 / km

Short O champs at Thacher State Park near Albany. I warm up well, but I still don't have much punch when I start. I am not moving aggressively enough.
I have a big error at #9. I know it is a tricky area. This alone is a dangerous thought. The expectation of trouble leads to trouble. I navigate carefully when approaching the control, but I rely too much on seeing the white hill. From this side it is rather indistinct. I can't figure which cliff is which. I invent a paralllel error where there is none.
I am glad there is another race tomorrow. Short-o races are unforegiving. It is difficult to make up for a mistake.

Running warm up/down 30:00 [3] 4.0 km (7:30 / km) +20m 7:19 / km

I run to the start instead of taking the bus. I want to be fully warmed up and ready. I need to do this, since I am slow in waking up from the vegetative state of sitting in the car. I need a good 20 minutes of running and some stretching, martial arts and focusing before being warmed up for the race.

Friday Apr 28, 2006 #

Running 37:00 [3] 7.5 km (4:56 / km) +50m 4:46 / km

The short and easy 7k warm up and warm down. I still feel the 20 k control pick-up and control scouting from Wednesday. Maybe I should have a juicy turkey sandwich to re-energize myself.

Thursday Apr 27, 2006 #

Running 37:00 [3] 7.5 km (4:56 / km) +50m 4:46 / km

An easy run to recover, with some fast speed elements, just to wake the energy up.
Spend most of the day successfully procrastinating some accounting, instead I finish one adventure racing map, sent the sprint map to Mr. G and cleaned up a bunch of files. All the excuses make a good day of work. And in the end I begin to sort a pile the receipts, dig out the paper work, the files and really begin setting up the accounts. What a beautiful numberful work, all so clean and almost satisfying.
This leads to the question (not to emulate Spike's ruminations of how to get from any issue to orienteering): Is there procrastination in orienteering? Maybe getting lost is a form of procrastination? Is a long slow race the procrastination of the unavoidable fact that sooner or later one gets to the finish? Or even more philosophically: Is writing on Attackpoint procrastinating?

Wednesday Apr 26, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:20:00 [3] *** 9.6 km (8:20 / km) +300m 7:12 / km

Control pick-up at Silvermine. Beautiful weather, blue sky, black flies, spring fresh blue berry leaves.

Orienteering 1:34:00 [3] *** 10.0 km (9:24 / km) +200m 8:33 / km

Course setting at Ringwood, checking controls sites which work for an AR. The controls need to be clearly defined, not too much intricate map reading yet still something to think. I like to put them spectacular features, a cliff with a view, on top of a boulder, an old building, something special. I check out a bridge, but the water is 3 feet deep. Decide against it, for now. Or does anyone out there request an underwater control?

Tuesday Apr 25, 2006 #

Running 37:00 [3] 7.5 km (4:56 / km) +50m 4:46 / km

Tapering off. I could do another hamburger training, but I don't. Need to hold my horses and build up some energy.

I don't play golf, so I guess I have to do what I can. Like doing work for example. Invest my surplus time in writing on a new chapter. In the evening I plant 12 different kinds of plant and vegetables seeds.

I start trying out a the MapStudio plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Gives me all the map symbols. I figure how to scale the contours. So I will try to get the printing improved with more legible contours and maybe other symbols which were not scaled correctly before.

Monday Apr 24, 2006 #

Running 37:00 [3] 7.5 km (4:56 / km) +50m 4:46 / km

Easy run on the river, day light and no rain, just a pleasant run to begin the tapering off before the EMPO meet. - I have been moved up from HVO vice president to interim or acting or whatever HVO president, so I need to get used what to do. Maybe I take a pointer from the great leader: Delegate, choose a laid back attitude and make uninformed & rushed choices. I am still waiting for the castle which comes along with the job plus the limousine service.

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