My 2010 orienteering season, such as it was, is well and truly over. Time to start a post mortem.
It actually unfolded sort of according to plan, or the plan I envisioned at about May/June when I began to think that I might just be able to have a plan.
My goals were:
• Top 10 in the US Champs
• Get to 8 A-meet days
• Finish within 10% of Wyatt in the DVOA rankings
• Do some sort of exercise totalling 5 hours or more per week
• Make the US standing team for 2011
• My goals for the Team Trials, separate from the other goals, was to score 270 points. [Edit: I failed in this one. I did score 270, but the goal was to score 270 for the Trials, not including ranking. With 90+ on the sprint and long, but 83 on the middle, that would not do it.]
I actually achieved everything but the first one, which was a bit of a stretch, I suppose. The last one is out of my hands, but I at least made an effort.
These goals are hardly ambitious, but do involve a bit of effort to achieve in light of my much more onerous working obligations over much of the past year, and the realities of spending a lot of time commuting.
A meet performances were mixed. They certainly didn't start off well: the BAOC meet was pretty bad, and DNFing on a sprint is a new low.
The DVOA middle was also bad, but considering how crappy I felt and the fact that I probably shouldn't have been running at all, I cannot be too upset.
Good races? Actually, most of the races over 60 minutes were pretty good. I don't know why I still have any endurance, but I'll take it.
Worst race? Sadly, Hickory Run (training weekend.) I found two controls. That is even worse than the DNF at BAOC two weeks later.
Best race? Hard to say. Definitely happy with the Team Trials Long, because considering the shape I was in, I delivered something.
Most fun race(s): SS Finals and the US Champs. I was pretty surprised I had a few vestiges of speed and could semi-compete in head to head sprints (although the field was nowhere near as brutal as it was the year before. I still think that was exceptional.)