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Training Log Archive: ParkSchool

In the 1 days ending May 26, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering1 45:10 2.51(18:00) 4.04(11:11)14 /17c82%
  Trail run1 33:09 3.6(9:12) 5.79(5:43)
  Total1 1:18:19 6.11(12:49) 9.83(7:58)14 /17c82%

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Tuesday May 26, 2009 #

Trail run 33:09 [3] 3.6 mi (9:12 / mi)

Weather was delightful, and I was feeling significantly more rested after taking a nap once the kids got off to school. Ran at a nice easy pace, hoping to keep something in the tank for the Cat Rock event later in the day, not to mention the three successive shifts I am scheduled to work starting tonight. Had to wait a total of 1:20 for Fonzie to catch up. He is still not so great on the second day of back-to-back runs.

orienteering race 45:10 [4] *** 4.04 km (11:11 / km)

Not quite as ugly a performance as I had thought when I believed the scale error for the advertised 2.0 km course to be 3:2 rather than 2:1, but still far from an ideal performance. Started off in a typically hurried fashion as I had again misjudged the rush hour traffic, and got about 50 m into the race when I realized I had left my compass at the registration table. It turned out to be a fortuitous delay as control 9 actually arrived in Ross's hands as I was running to the designated spot. First few controls were OK, but I really felt like I was fighting the map. I could not differentiate the trails from the walls, nor could I make out the green on yellow interfaces. I also was quickly getting the sense that I was having to run further than I was expecting. I had some problems at 5 where I stopped short because the mapped reentrant actually encompassed two smaller reentrants, the closer of which ended S of the flag. Navigated through 9 without major mishaps, although I was frustrated by guessing poorly about which nook or cranny of the vegetation was hiding the flag. Then had first meltdown on approach to 10. Was absolutely convinced I was looking for a pit at the end of a stone wall, but there was no wall to be found. Relocated on the open ground, then ran N to next trail junction again without seeing a wall. I assumed I was at the mapped trail N of my destination, so I ran back and forth again before finally deciding that the mossy boulder right next to the trail must be the dot knoll on the map, which could only mean that the stone wall was actually a trail. Ugh. After that mess, was not unhappy with navigation until I reached 14, where I inexplicably could not orient myself for at least 2 min despite being inside the circle next to the mapped blue container. I still don't understand what was making me so confused, but I certainly felt like a rank amateur. Managed to navigate respectably for last few controls, but was now already 20 min behind schedule to get to work. It was certainly not the fulfilling experience I was looking for as I faced another depressingly overcrowded waiting room on my arrival.

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