Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

February training


January's training went well, time to look at February.

For each February since 2001, I'll list the total hours and hours of O':

2006 31:34/6:28
2005 24:59/5:29
2004 23:47/3:07
2003 23:33/6:08
2002 23:00/8:00
2001 27:48/10:15

This February looks like quite a good month compared to past years. Except for 2001, I tend to get about 24 hours of training per February. This year I got 31.5 hours in February (which is a bit like getting an extra week of training). That's got to be good.

As I was looking back over my past training, I noticed that I tend to travel in February. I went skiing in Yellowstone in 2004 and 2005. I went to the Olympics in 2002.

The only weak spot for this February would seem to be the amount of orienteering. But, that was actually planned. I tried two experiments this year. One involved participating in a couple of trail races. Had I not done those races, I would probably have done another 2-4 hours of O' technique. Another experiment involved some armchair map study. Without going into details, I tested a tried and true approach that has worked well in the past and seemed to work well this time.

There was a stretch this year where I trained quite easily. In one 9 day period, I had 6 days with nothing more than 30 minutes/day riding the bike trainer; one day off; and one day of just 40 minutes of running (the other day was a 3.5+ hour trail race). I think that period gave my legs (and mind) a bunch of rest.

On to March!

posted by Michael | 9:11 PM


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