Orienteering race 1:33:25  *** 8.9 km (10:30 / km)
NAOC Long Distance - M35
On the way to the arena we saw a small black bear! It was super cute, but I think it disappeared into the woods before Inara could understand what was going on.
Jeff T and I set up the announcing 'booth' with major help from Erik and Valerie and got some announcing going. It was fun, as usual, but this was probably the least accessible arena of the whole week. The whole finish chute was in the woods, away from spectators, and our speakers barely reached the crowd. Still, good to get started with some commentary and interviews. I clearly enjoy doing this stuff.
Once my shift was up, I went off to the start. I started ok, hitting most of the early controls and catching and passing Annika Bjork at 1. My speed wasn't great, but I was orienteering ok. Lost some time - maybe a minute each - on 6 and 7, but still went through the arena in good shape, 3rd on the course. The going was tough, and it felt like I had to fight for every step even in the white woods, as there was a lot of deadfall, and the ground cover was soft.
Disaster struck on the way to 13 after the arena passage. I normally do well in negative terrain, going along counting depressions, but this time i stopped short and then was totally unable to relocate. I ended up bailing way back out to the road and attacking very slowly and still stopped short. I finally convinced myself that I was short and kept going, getting to the control at the same time as Annika. I was clean but slow the rest of the way and ended up 4th in M35 (3rd North American) but only 14th on the course.