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Training Log Archive: kissy

In the 7 days ending Jul 31, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:46:28 6.84(24:21) 11.0(15:08) 180
  Hiking1 1:05:07 3.6(18:07) 5.79(11:15) 182
  Strength Training1 25:00
  Total4 4:16:35 10.43 16.79 362

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Sunday Jul 31, 2011 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 1:17:00 [3] *** 5.3 km (14:32 / km) +85m 13:27 / km

Day 2. US Champs @ Happy Valley WMA, Williamstown, NY.
6.0 km on Forerunner

I woke up this morning with my knees feeling pretty good and my attitude turned around. It was a new day, and I just had to have another good run.

This course was very similar to yesterday's, I thought, but with fewer marshes and maybe just a little more fallen trees and branches on the ground. I stuck with my plan of pacing and compass, and that worked again. I caught up with Valerie and Erin at #2, but then messed up #3 and saw Valerie punching in as I was just seeing the control. I was behind her on the way to #4, and then lost sight of her. I hesitated a few seconds going in to #4, but other than that, things went well until I got to #10. I hit the dirt road right before the uncrossable marsh and ran along the east side of the marsh until I got to the north corner...where I could see no control. I circle around a tiny bit, got very frustrated, cursed, and then started to bail to the field to relocate and...there was the control, pretty much hidden from sight if you were at the marsh. Grrr!

It turned out to be another good run; good enough for first in my class and 5th on the course, again (I think). Luckily, today's course wasn't thrown out, but the Red course was.

Saturday Jul 30, 2011 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:29:28 [3] *** 5.7 km (15:42 / km) +95m 14:29 / km

Day 1. US Champs @ Happy Valley WMA, Williamstown, NY
6.6 km on Forerunner

This could have been a very bad day, but luckily I listened to Don...for once! His best guess for this terrain was that pacing and compass would work best, so I kept that in the back of my mind for the race, and I pulled it back out after #1. I got out to the road okay towards #1, but then bobbled my way all of the way in to the control. After that, I decided to try pace & compass, and that worked like a charm, so I stuck with it for the rest of the course. I ticked off the big features as I saw them, but did not try to interpret all of the contours. The only other control I had some issues with was #5. I couldn't picture in my head what it was going to look like, so when I got in the vicinity, it took a little bit to figure it all out.

I didn't see many people out there at all until I saw Kathleen at #6 and we bounced off each other for the rest of the course. And I saw Mom at #5. I also lucked out and hit the mismapped #9 right on, so I guess that means I was really off! I was sick of the shoe-sucking marshes by the end of the course.

The good news, too, was that my knees held up pretty well. I was able to move at a good pace, sometimes fast walking, sometimes slow shuffling, but fast enough to get first in my category and 5th on the course. My knees were swollen after I got in, and for most of the evening.

The bad news was that my course ended up being thrown out because of the mismapped feature. I'll withhold my comment on that, but the people around me at the dinner knew how I felt about it.

Wednesday Jul 27, 2011 #

6 PM

Hiking 1:05:07 [2] 3.6 mi (18:07 / mi) +182m 15:39 / mi

A nice hike in Jockey Hollow.

Life forms sighted: humans (10), deer (4), groundhogs (1)

Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 #

Strength Training 25:00 [2]

Monday Jul 25, 2011 #

Note

You know it's bad when your doctor looks at your MRI and says, "Wow! That is one really messed up knee!"

The verdict is in for my left knee. No lateral cartilage left (outside). An ACL that's pretty much gone. Arthritis everywhere. Amazement that I've been able to do as much as I have for so long.

The next step is visco shots. Normally, he wouldn't bother but I had really good results from the steroid shot I got at my last visit, so he thinks it's worth a try. If those work, continue for as long as they keep working. When/if they don't help anymore, the next step is a replacement. Partial knee is possible, but might end up being a waste of time. And a PKR would require an ACL reconstruction first. Or just go for the full replacement from the beginning. But I'm pretty young for that. Ugh! Here's to hoping the visco shots work!

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