Orienteering55:34 7.2 km (7:43 / km) +360m6:10 / km ahr:167 max:184 shoes: La Sportiva Cross Lite
GLOF 'O-Cross' (which is Canadian for 'Farsta', which is Swedish for 'Loop Race')
Felt fairly turd like and cold on the warm up and wasn't expecting much.
Punched the first control first, which is all that really matters, so followed it up by going down the wrong trail to #2, then following a river upstream for a bit when I was meant to be going down.
As there was no one around at this point I figured the race was over for me, then Robbie appeared out of nowhere, as then as we approached the control I was surprised to see the pack running out of it!
Was able to reel in the pack through 3-5, then everyone but me had a different split and I was on my own again.
There was no one around when I hit the map exchange, and didn't know where I was positioned. Realised when I got the 2nd map that I'd had the shorter split in the 1st loop and if I was caught by the pack I was toast.
Toasted it up with a poor route to #3 (got trapped by a massive earth bank that was hidden by the north line - very poor map) and the pack ran through me.
Got to the exchange with no one in sight again, but I knew this time I was behind and was fairly unmotivated after seeing how much more ravine climbing needed to be done before it was all over.
Still, it had to be done and I caught sight of Nick on the way to #1 and the Griz to #3. Took the straight route to #4 on a gamble when Mark went wide which didn't pay off, but he took a less ideal route to #5 which allowed Nick and I to catch him up.
A non-beeping #5 caused Nick to hesitate and all 3 of us dropped down the final ravine to the final control. Nick went wide and allowed me to sneak in in 4th place (and lose a sock spot prize!) about a minute behind the lead pack.
Tough race, but a fun way to end an outstanding weekend of races.