Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, April 25, 2002

First real race in a long time


I'm going to the Chicago A-meet this weekend. It is the first time since September that I feel like I'm going to a race. It feels good.

I'm running M35. I'd like to be running M21. My training isn't enough to let me run a blue course, let alone two blue courses. I'm confident I'll be able to run one good red course. I'm not so sure I'll be able to recover for two days in a row. But, I think I've got a shot.

Physically, I'm not in great shape. I haven't done much training and the training I've done has been slow.

Technically, I'm a bit rusty. I haven't done as much technique training as I'd like. I haven't raced.

So, not in great shape and not technically sharp. But, I'm still psyched because it is going to be fun to feel like I'm racing. In the seven months since I got hurt, I've missed racing.

My plan is simple -- READ THE MAP. If I read the map, the running should take care of itself.

The terrain should be ok for me. I expect it to be relatively flat (good, since I'm in lousy shape). The woods may be thick and thorny -- my kind of stuff.

The forecast is for cool (40s and 50s) and rain. My kind of weather.

Tomorrow is a travel day. I'm not sure I'll have a chance to update the blog tomorrow (or Saturday and Sunday, for that matter). If I get a chance, I'll try.

posted by Michael | 9:00 PM


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