Sport, sport and more sport….

16Feb09

Paul's QuickRoute MapWith so much sport on last weekend, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. RBS 6 Nations. FA Cup, Cricket, the kid’s football and trying to following the Wenger Patagonia Expedition Race on Sleepmonsters…..when was I ever going to find time to go out training? Luckily the sporting bonanza calmed down on Sunday and I managed to get in some quality sessions. A 70 minute fast paced MTB ride in the morning and then some orienteering training at Cairnwood in the afternoon make for a busy, but satisfying day. The O training consisted of re-running two old courses from a few weeks/months ago. I tried to concentrate on route choice as I think this is one of the areas that can let me down in the heat of competition. I was able to record the runs using my Garmin Forerunner and uploaded the data using QuickRoute. This is a great application which shows your pace/speed over the length of the run. It’s great to integrate your run like this and it is also a great motivational tool to get you out into the forest in the first place.

By taking a few different route choices compared to my original route on race day, I managed to finish about 5 minutes quicker. 33 minutes still was not are fast as Jonny’s winning time of 31 minutes (he is a faster runner that me), but it is still a relatively fast time and would have achieved a top 3 placing. However, looking at the ‘QuickRoute’ map there is still a lot of ‘red’ which will need to be approved on – especially when exiting the controls.

Jonny must have been thinking the same thing. Rachel was over for the weekend and they both did orienteering training runs in Cairnwood on Saturday (I was wondering were all the mudclaw footprints came from). Rowan finally managed to reccy half of this Mourne Way Marathon route on Sunday. The actual route starts in the centre of Newcaslte and goes up the main Bryansford Road before turning into Tollymore Forest. To make to route more interesting Rowan will be beginning his route at Donard Park car park, then up into and around Donard Wood before cutting across the open ground into Tollymore – roughly the same distance, but more pleasing on the eye and the foot.

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