Orienteering race (Foot) 1:16:33  *** 8.8 km (8:42 / km) +230m 7:42 / km
spiked:11/13c slept:7.25 weight:180lbs
QOC: Oregon Ridge, Cockeysville, MD. Peggy, Max and I got out to the park late in the day. With my calf having been bothersome yesterday, I got ready and took one ibuprofen pill before heading out. I started casually to warm-up. My calf held up okay going up the big hill and side sloping. I tripped on a few things early on (leaves were hiding branches and rocks) as well as did a good bit of walking when climbing. The climb seemed like a lot more than the 230m advertised--my GPS adjusted track recorded 344m. That's overall not so bad really. I saw David Onkst leaving #3 and about what seemed to be close to 1 minute ahead. I made most of this up by the time I got to #4--there David, Dan Quinn, Kim Jepsen, and I converged. My first thought was to go around to the right toward #5 but ultimately, I went up Dave's route, having re-thought being slow on the hillsides. I punched right behind David there and caught-up by taking a slightly better bearing.
Though AP shows me with a rare no-error race, I was running without proper map contact at times and this resulted in two errors on the way to #6. I had decided to save energy and take the longer high route. I didn't execute it correctly as I curved left; it kept feeling like I needed to correct my bearing as this was happening. I finally corrected and dropped into the reentrants. I saw David again, ahead of my by about 30 seconds. I gained but where David paused and went on, I cut left incorrectly for the second error on the same leg. When I saw houses ahead I knew what I'd done and had to cross an extra ridge to get onto the right spur. David was about a minute ahead when I left #6, headed toward #7. We both passed David Levine independently as we stayed left of straight to avoid side reentrants. When David Onkst went through some fallen trees rather than go around them I gained more ground. After crossing the main ridge trail, things weren't matching what I expected them to be. David Onkst was off to my left and running into a reentrant with a ridge to his right--that ridge didn't have a formline knoll so I paused. I decided to go right and that was the correct way.
After #7, I used the trail heading off toward #8. I cut left when the woods opened-up more to my liking, and climbed. I saw a control ahead that didn't look right but I was tempted to go to it. It was getting difficult to read the contours there when I saw Lacho Iliev coming across on what would have been a more direct route than I took. Mihai Sirbu came in behind him too from a different direction. The direction they were headed to made sense so I chased. As I went over a small notch, I recalled getting confused in this area in the summer. I ultimately was too high but ran down to the root stock that Mihai was leaving from.
Going to #9, I chased and passed Mihai after he started walking. I kept straight. Approaching the correct reentrant, I expected the control to be lower and visible. Lacho and later John Baker came back going toward #10 on a dog-leg route. I saw the control a few seconds later. My first thought leaving #9 was to climb on the high route to the right. It was too steep so I dog legged through the reentrant like Lacho too. At the top, things again didn't make sense as I descended. I stopped myself and realized that the saddle for a formline knoll was far to the right. I corrected with maybe 20 seconds lost.
Leaving #10, I stayed low to spread out the climb and use the trail to the left. I was slow climbinb but recovered on the flatter top and got moving well again. I went fairly straight after leaving the pipeline ride and spiked #11. John Baker was approaching #11 when I left. I thought he might catch me so I headed out quickly and kept a good bearing. I almost got sucked off to the right too early when I'd misread the map but I lost no time. I hit a trail intersection about where I wanted to, then crossed into the reentrant with #12. It seemed a long way getting there and at one spot like there was an extra reentrant. I moved well side-hilling toward #13 but didn't push it; I wanted to avoid re-injuring my right calf. Ditto for the run-in but I did pickup the pace on the grass a little bit. It felt good to finish on a gradual downhill.
I was happy to finish as well as I had given my calf still healing, and that I've been eating too much--I really had wanted to keep my weight under 180 lbs. at least until the new year got here. The big chinese dinner yesterday had a lot to do with that failure.