Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Long trail race at Wyandotte


One of my theories about training is that you should probably do more of whatever kind of training you don't like. I don't like road races. So, I should do more of them.

I guess a trail race is a step in the right direction. It has some of what I don't like about road racing -- it is a pure running race and you run with a bunch of people.

Today I ran my third trail race of the year. I did the Run, Toto, Run race at Wyandotte. I had three options: 10 mile, 20 mile or 50 K. Each loop of the park is about 10 miles. I picked the 20 mile option.

Here is the course with my GPS track.

The race started at the south end and the course ran counter clockwise.

You might wonder about my time. I ran 3:34. That sounds very slow. But the course is hilly. I climbed just under 4000 feet. And the conditions were a bit tough. It was cool, 25 F, windy, and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground (and falling off and on throughout the race). Most of the race is on a horse trail. A frozen horse trail is rough and makes running harder.

So, I'm pretty happy with my time. I haven't seen the results. I was 3rd overall, but 28 minutes behind the winner.

The GPS data shows that 40.3 percent of the distance was climbing and only 21.3 percent was flat.

I pushed the downhills. Among orienteers I'm not a good downhill runner. But, compared to trail runners, I'm really good. It was fun to bomb down a hill and gain a lot of ground.

Overall, I'd say it was a good day. I'm happy with how I ran and it was reasonably fun (making the run more interesting is that the park is mapped for orienteering, so I carried the O' map and read it off and on throughut the race). My legs feel shot. But, I've been training well enough that I expect they'll feel fine in a couple of days.

posted by Michael | 5:35 PM


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