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Training Log Archive: ParkSchool

In the 7 days ending May 3, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering2 3:21:04 8.53(23:34) 13.73(14:39)12 /17c70%
  Trail run1 45:00 2.3(19:34) 3.7(12:10)
  Total3 4:06:04 10.83(22:43) 17.43(14:07)12 /17c70%

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Saturday May 3, 2008 #

orienteering race (Red Middle) 1:35:59 [4] *** 4.23 km (22:41 / km)

Ugh! Dreadful performance. Started by cleverly failing to check code on obvious wrong control on 1st leg. Then climbed 4 contours, relocated and came back to the same control. That was the least of the mistakes. Subsequently managed to reproduce same error running, then walking to #5. Only managed to hit #5 by accident when I adopted strategy of looking for #6 before trying to backtrack to #5. I could go on and on, but I don't think my ego could take it.

orienteering race (R/B Sprint) 29:58 [4] *** 3.1 km (9:40 / km)

Another depressing event, this time because I actually avoided any big mistakes, and still finished very close to the bottom. I felt as if I only lost a few seconds at my minor bobbles, but my splits suggest otherwise. I don't really enjoy sprints as a rule, probably due to my limited success, but I did appreciate that it was a well designed course.

Friday May 2, 2008 #

Trail run (dog walk) 45:00 [2] 2.3 mi (19:34 / mi)

Jogging in place with dogs. Sydney very slow today. Not a good sign.

Sunday Apr 27, 2008 #

orienteering race 1:15:07 [4] *** 6.4 km (11:44 / km)

Excellent day and excellent run early, but then got tired and lost concentration. Several loose controls, especially #7 where I undid all the good that I had done until that point. In retrospect, I think I probably ran too hard early, as I was clearly struggling with my conditioning well before the halfway point. Towards the end, I was chagrined to see Charlie DeWeese punching the penultimate control right after me. At first I hoped that he had chosen to run Green (he didn't). Then I hoped to outrun him to the finish (I couldn't). Finally I tried to take him out at the knees when I stumbled crossing the finish line a half-stride behind. Fortunately, I missed, but I think I did provide an impressive spectacle for Peter Goodwin and the Walkers, and thankfully without any signficant injury. Congrats to Charlie on an excellent race and to Peter for setting a very enjoyable course.

As an aside, I have now travelled to and from Kent by three different routes, and I have yet to find any of them acceptable. It is undeniably a long haul from Boston for a local event, but it was good training for events later this Spring, and it also allowed me to take full advantage of one of the few Sundays when I was not scheduled to work overnight.

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