Orienteering race 5:57:00  *** 36.0 km (9:55 / km)
ahr:133 max:163 spiked:16/16c shoes: VJ Spikes
SVO six hour ROGAINE. An excellent race. Hard. Since Speedy has written up what we did, I'll just add impressions.
First of all, Speedy is an excellent Rogaine partner. When he pulled out all the gear and stuff during the planning phase, I thought I had joined the Special Forces. Anyway, we generated a plan that was going to be challenging. And we headed off.
2nd control scared me a lot on paper. And it didn't disappoint. We miraculously near spiked it. Next copule controls were OK. Once we crossed over the settlement and ascended the crazy hill, the "race" took on a different character.
By that point, we were around 3 hours, tired, and hot. And the hills would begin in earnest. However, the big thing which we didn't anticipate and which would challenge us for the rest of the race was generally pretty darn crappy woods. Real thick with dense sapplings and rock underfoot. Some places you could barely walk, much less run -- and these stretches went on for a ways.
Another problem was lack of water. My CamelBack contains 1.5 liters. There were no water stops on the course and I didn't want to do the stream thing. Therefore, I find it also pretty darn remarkable that I did not get cramps. Admittedly, if we were out much longer, I probably would have been fried, but anyway...
Towards the end, the distance/time situation looked pretty dire. Our plan was agressive to start with, but the long stretches of slow forest put us behind the 8 ball. There was really no margin for error. Only one shot per control - any misses and we had to keep going.
Somehow, and with the benefit of a gentle downhill road for the last 1 K or so, we managed to get in with 3+ minutes to spare. I was quite thrilled because 30 minutes earlier, it looked dire.
All together, it was a great day. I had imagined that this was going to be a level 2 outing (ex ante). Ex post, I realize that this is about my limit for six hours -- ergo, it became a level 4 workout.
Speedy and Vlad will rock the house at the NAs.