Here is my Susquehanna Local Event map.
DVOA's first regular event was on a map called Susquehanna. I think
the map is a joke -- the veg is wrong, the contours are overgeneralized,
and some trails are new/missing. Its like running a rogaine at O pace.
Also, a pair of controls seemed off, tho both only by a
few meters (the second one, #10, was also 2 lines off, which made it
a bit of a lottery). I think DVOA needs to consider taking this map
out of the rotation, and not bother updating it unless it can be updated
to an IOF quality map.
I generally have done poorly in these sorts of conditions, but did well
on this day. Knowing the warts of the map helped, tho a couple times I
was thrown by the contour and veg picture.
The course setting was decent, with route choice rather than navigation
being set. My only complaint was leg #8, which was a joke -- thick
brambles all the way, and a warning about a hostile landowner which
we had to stay out of sight of, not just off his land.
In response to my interval training, I got this note from a reader training
at the Latvian national team level. Thanks much!
1. There is no reason why you couldn't run intervals in the park,
interval training is not supposed to be a track training, just the opposite,
I have been runiing many interval trainings in terrain, deliberatelky
2. You should indeed make your intervals shorter because it is close to
impossible to run hard for four minutes. I recommend running something like
this: 10 minutes warm-up and then repeat such a cycle for four times: 1
minute hard, 45 seconds rest, 2 minutes hard, 45 seconds rest, 3 minutes
hard, 1 minute rest, 3 minutes hard, 45 seconds rest, 2 minutes hard, 45
seconds rest, 1 minute hard. 5 minute jog in between such intervals is