Orienteering race 2:08:50  8.8 km (14:38 / km) +150m 13:29 / km
NA Champs - Klondike State Forest - syracuse, ny - long - red X
I didn't exactly enjoy this event as much. I started again sleep deprived and not with proper nutrition the night before, which got me quite tired early in the run. Someday I'll figure out what it takes to be more dedicated to training and racing.
The day before I forgot to pick up my packet so I didn't have the clue sheet, so had to shuffle the map at each control to check the code.
I will skip little bobbles and go straight to big bobbles, as it seemed like the course today was simply a suggestion for me, not where I really should go.
Early enough I learned this is gonna be a marshy action, and that got me quite mad, especially for a long course.
Till no 12 I didn't have huge bobbles, but I was plenty tired and when I saw that for no 12 I had to cross a marsh just to cross it back out for no 13, I just did not have nice thoughts for the course setter. Now, with a more clear mind, I'm thinking maybe should have not rained that much it was not so bad, and also, maybe other orienteers actually enjoy marsh running. One fact is clear, my ankles hate it!
No 13 : first huge bobble, as my only goal was to get out of marsh and lost track of where I was pretty quickly. Went eventually to the lake to relocate.
No14: stopped short of control in similar feature and wandered a while till I decided to go further. Somewhere along, I actually had a big THORN in my eye! I was so happy to realize no damage was done!!
No 16: again stopped short, and I was so depressed that I didn't see anyone starting with control 11, that I really thought I was the last one in the woods and when I saw JJ I was quite happy. Even if I guessed his control was not mine, I still looked where he was going. Found a control and figured out what was on the map and easily found mine after.
Last 2 controls were ok, and I was so tired could not even sprint in the finish shute. I was pleasantly suprised not to be the only one at the finish.
The only thing that kept me from quiting a few times, especially at 12, for crossing that stupid marsh, then as big bobbles were coming one after the another, was the thought that as bad as I'll do, as much as I get lost in the woods (or relocate:) it will still feel better to finish and there will always be other people that did even worse. And guess what: it was true! I was kinda content to finish and there were several ladies that took even more time to finish.
Note for future: NEVER quit!
(ok, unless really injured, or some sort of danger)