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Preparing a Rogaine   Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I organised a rogaine in Beit Keshet forest, not far from home. Israel is a small country, so we don’t have many areas suitable for our full length (8 hour) rogaines, but there are some smaller ones that can be used for mini-rogaines, and this was the first time in this area.

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An overview of the terrain from the south

I was preparing the event in my spare time, and had been thinking about the area for more than a year. The map includes 5 existing orienteering maps, which I combined and standardised on the computer, and then over the summer I went on four headcam mapping runs to cover the unmapped areas. I made two more runs later on to map a few small patches and mark the controls in the southern part of the map – overall 90 km of running in the terrain, mostly on paths, of course. The map below shows all six of my routes in varying colours, and the borders of the existing maps (labelled A to E).

For the organisation itself I had lots of help from our club, and 76 teams of orienteers participated in the 4-hour race. There were 23 controls, and no team manged to collect all of them. As usual, I prepared a visual analysis of their results. Overall it was very successful and I think most of the participants had great fun. I was especially pleased with the spread of the control visits, which showed that the planning was good enough to send the teams out across the whole area.

I’ll probably be planning a full rogaine next – my last was in 2014.

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Posted 27/11/2018 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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An Exercise in Concentration   Leave a comment

Today I ran a half-marathon race.

Usually I’m not into road races and such stuff, but this year I got an itch in my legs and wanted to prove something to myself. In addition, it’s not bad as training for long distance orienteering. I’ve raced the distance twice before, 10 years ago – but the first time was with Roni and the second time I started too fast, “hit the wall” after 15 km, and finished very slowly (in just over 1:40).

My goal was to beat 1:40, and I added a few tempo runs in training over the last few months in order to prepare. My last session, a week before, was 14 km at just under target pace, and after that I knew I could reach my goal. I chose a race – the Agur (Crane) Run – which is in a nice scenic area around a well-known bird migration site: not far from home, and much more fun than running in a city.

The race itself was mainly an exercise in concentration – keeping up a hard level of effort over 100 minutes is far from easy. I started too fast, as expected, but I knew that would happen and I was prepared. Towards the end my legs were really hurting, but I pushed through and managed to finish in 1:38:05 (12th in the 50-59 age group). I’m very pleased with my performance and level of fitness, and I’ll be concentrating on the orienteering from now on.

The course is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/1980108255

Posted 23/11/2018 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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