Orienteering race 1:07:43  *** 9.7 km (6:59 / km) +405m 5:47 / km
24c shoes: VJ Supra 2014-1
QOC Local Event at Great Falls.
I did the Long Advanced course, which is the equivalent of Blue at this event, where we only get to offer four courses due to weird constraints from the park. Peggy set a really nice course, with a good mix of shorter and longer legs, and making excellent use of the terrain despite the limitations. I felt surprisingly good despite coming off a cold and continuous, never-ending back issues, and had a pretty clean run to finish a minute behind Jon T and another minute and a half ahead of Kenny.
I feel like my results this fall are no worse than a year ago, even though this has been a really bad training year. I think I will attribute this to changing my approach to orienteering in QOC-land. When I first got here, I noticed that I was much more tentative in the woods than I needed to be, more used to the low-visibility, high-detail Scandinavian terrain. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, you have to be more aggressive and keep your head up, spotting features far away and pushing hard to get to them. I saw this in action several times when running with Kenny and Jon last year, and I think I have gotten better at it. But the trick is to be able to adjust to harder terrain when venturing out of the QOC terrain bubble.
My last few QOC races have also gone pretty well technically (<1 minute in mistakes according to AP for the three races combine). The hope now is to manage to stay healthy for a while and start building some speed and endurance for next year while maintaining the technique... That part has been difficult and frustrating this year.