One week from now there is an orienteering race in Stellenbosch (Coetzenburg). I simply cannot let this opportunity to race without spending much time travelling, slip past. As such, I’ve started training again, yay! I’ve gone for two runs, the first on Friday night, in the dark, in the mud. Depending on your level of craziness, I was either unfortunate, or fortunate, that it didn’t rain as well – it was raining hard most of the evening/night. Anyway, one week to train, this is rather typical of me.
For something less typical: I want to do the Table Mountain Challenge again this year. Considering it takes place before my final thesis deadline, I will never have lots of time to train, so a crash-course is a no-no. Which means… I start training now, and will try to do a short run (less than 30 mins, or maybe even a really hard run for less than 20) practically every day. This will be a first, if I pull it off: training with some regularity from three months before a race. Table Mountain Challenge is a very nice trail run, which can be done as a relay by three people, if you don’t feel like doing the whole thing.
Orienteering can be great fun for everyone at any fitness level. There are a number of courses you can choose from: short/long, easy/difficult, you can make it a Sunday afternoon stroll (uh, midday, rather) with a friend or spouse, or you can race as hard as you want. You get a map which shows the checkpoints you must find. While you are allowed a compass, you really shouldn’t need one for the easy courses.
If you are interested in either event and want more info, just ask!