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Training Log Archive: ParkSchool

In the 7 days ending May 29, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail run5 2:52:07 18.6(9:15) 29.93(5:45)
  orienteering1 2:40:01 8.45(18:56) 13.6(11:46) 68029 /32c90%
  Total6 5:32:08 27.05(12:17) 43.53(7:38) 68029 /32c90%
averages - rhr:174

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Friday May 28, 2010 #

Trail run 26:41 [4] 3.3 mi (8:05 / mi)

Caryl Short. Pretty good effort on the uphill, but then I backed off a bit as I saw no need to kill myself running between overnight shifts with added strain of scheduling to play bridge with my dad all day tomorrow on no sleep.

Thursday May 27, 2010 #

Trail run 30:14 [3] 3.6 mi (8:24 / mi)

Needham Town Forest. I ran hard when I ran, but again waited a total of 2:00 for Fonzie. If you ignore this delay, my time was a 50+ PR, but it was clear to me that I would not have been able to maintain the pace without the rest stops.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 #

Trail run 52:13 [3] 4.8 mi (10:53 / mi)

Caryl Long. Had planned to do a harder run today, but the heat was unbearable, so settled for longer run with only modest steady effort. Fonzie again suffered greatly in the heat and made sure to hit every mudhole for a wallow. I would have preferred if he could have restrained himself until we reached the ponds so as to minimize the accumulation of debris on his underside, but his incentives did not appear aligned with mine.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 #

Trail run 34:22 [3] 3.6 mi (9:33 / mi)

Needham Town Forest. Heat was a major factor, especially for Fonzie. I gave a good effort (29:12) while running, but was forced to wait for over 5 minutes at the 3/4 mark for Fonzie to catch up. I suspect that he would eventually appear at the parking lot if I simply ran ahead, for he surely knows the standard route, but such an approach seems selfish and is probably best reserved only for serious assaults on the PR.

Monday May 24, 2010 #

Trail run 28:37 [3] 3.3 mi (8:40 / mi)

Caryl Short. A very acceptable performance after yesterday's efforts. Was understandably stiff on the uphill, but I was able to lengthen my stride over the second half of the run.

Sunday May 23, 2010 #

orienteering race 2:11:49 [5] *** 11.1 km (11:53 / km) +680m 9:05 / km
spiked:21/24c rhr:174.8

2010 Billygoat. My best Billygoat performance to date, but I am kicking myself because a needless 4+ minute error on #2 prevented me from fulfilling both of my outstanding major orienteering goals. I started well enough by avoiding the rush (apparently led by J-J) to head N out of the starting field, but I did fail to avail myself of the better trail option which ran S of my more direct approach. Still I was in good company with Tim and Ben Parson, PG and Alex Jospe among others at the first flag. I then made the ill-fated decision to try to hold on the Parsons at the expense of maintaining contact with the map. This decision would not have been so bad if I had had the patience/wisdom to simply follow PG when my first plan proved impractical, but I forged ahead when PG stumbled and then convinced myself that I recognized a small knoll only 200 m S of the flag. My confidence was further boosted as I saw Ross running up the same reentrant I was. Sadly for both of us, he was also in the process of blowing his chance at glory. In the calm aftermath of the race, it is apparent that I misread the facing of the cliff line S of #2 and should not have been running up any reentrant with the expectation of seeing the flag. In any case, I ultimately relocated with the help of Jeff Saeger on the wall between #2 and #5. From there, I had a very solid race, making up time on both PG and Alex, but sadly not enough to catch them. I felt very good about my navigation and route choices in general, although in retrospect there were I few legs I should have done differently. I became confused leaving # 6 and failed to navigate N to the road as I had planned. I wound up making the very steep and rugged descent along the straight line path before navigating very adroitly across the two broad forked reentrants. Still, I lost over a minute to those who executed the approach I had intended. I also lost a surprising amount of time on #21 where I descended slightly inefficiently down the reentrant to the L of the line before milling around briefly trying to identify the less than prominent thicket. It felt like a 30 second error, but the split analysis suggests closer to 1:15. The only other choices I would have changed were my decision to skip #14 instead of #15 (probably worth 45 seconds), to climb straight from the road bend to #10 rather than run around (maybe only 5-10 seconds lost, but at the cost of a lot of energy), and my decision to descend the ski slope instead of the trail to the L on the way to #19 (maybe worth another 45 seconds). Towards the end, I was clearly losing some time just related to running speed as my splits from #22 to the finish were 30 seconds slower than PG and the Olafsen mother/daughter pair that finished just behind me even though I executed the route without hesitation and at full remaining effort.

orienteering race 28:12 [3] *** 2.5 km (11:17 / km)

Billygoat Gruff. Technically, this was a race, but I certainly did not have much left in the tank, so I just jogged around as best I could. If I were in a more competitive frame of mind, I would have forged across the marsh from #4 to #5 and then gone straight to the R fork at #6 and skipped #7. However, I decided that my tolerance for possible frustration should the marsh prove unpleasant was very low, so I opted instead to skip #5. My navigation was fine, although I did hesitate unnecessisarily at #8 to check near the larger boulders W of the flag as again I did not wish to risk the frustration of climbing back up the reentrant should I have miscalculated my position when I hit the stream.

I thought the course was well constructed, and it would have made for a fine challenge if the original plan for a two-part Billygoat had been kept in place. Still, count me firmly among those who would not enjoy such a significant change from the current format.

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