Orienteering race 1:26:04 9.6 km (8:58 / km) +175m8:13 / km ahr:151 max:169 shoes: La Sportiva Cross Lite
US Classic Champs Day 2
Similar run to yesterday, accurate but not fast at all. Avg HR was super low.
Admittedly was being careful after a couple of nasty falls yesterday (got very close to breaking my finger on the downhill)
I guess I've just got to trust my skills a bit more, I always thought I was rubbish running on the compass - but I knocked out some super straight lines out there without consciously trying.
Exactly same area used as yesterday, which wasn't bad cause it was so cool - but I was kinda expecting there to be a different section of map used over the 2 days. Seems kinda weird to be running on an area twice as part of a national championship event - dem Yankees are an odd bunch.
Orienteering race 1:21:03 10.16 km (7:59 / km) +150m7:26 / km ahr:155 max:170 shoes: La Sportiva Cross Lite
US Classic Champs Day 1
Couldn't believe it when I turned over the map, wasn't expecting the whole area to be like the map sample they showed us.
The terrain was such a joy, I had a big grin on my face through the whole course (whilst on the plateau). Funnily, I was never really motivated to race hard - possibly cause I don't really see the point of calling this type of event a 'championship' (and I'm pretty crap in terrain like this).
Thought I was having a pretty average run through the technical stuff, but it actually wasn't too bad looking at splits. Lost total contact on the long legs and got very worried when I realised, but was fortunate that the course setters put the controls quite close to obvious features and I didn't really lose time on these.
Unfortunately, I turned my brain off after the last control on the plateau and made 10 minutes of mistakes on the last 1.5km down the hill to the finish. Should have done around 80 mins.
Running31:59 5.26 km (6:05 / km) +80m5:39 / km ahr:126 max:142 shoes: 2010.2 Triumphs
Short run in the Valley with trix (no choice with this - she was quite vocal that we had to go)
A tickle in my throat yesterday has elevated to 'sore' this morning - was feeling particularly lackluster on every climb. Not the best timing before the weekend, but I'd prefer it to have been this week, rather than the last, or a couple in the future.
Fortunately the weather was good - warm sun, orange carpet of leaves on the ground and seemed I had the place to myself.
Running42:14 7.48 km (5:39 / km) +130m5:12 / km ahr:132 max:160 shoes: 2010.2 Triumphs
Easy loop in the Deeve with the Super Dog.
Artaban, Monarch, Main, K2, Heritage. We got so lucky with the weather last weekend - water was seeping out of all the steeper slopes!
T-Rix won the polka dot hat with some dirty tactics - sat on my arse for the entire ascent and did a sneaky squirrel assisted sprint on the final climb.
Knee felt heaps better today.
Orienteering1:00:00  5.0 km (12:00 / km) shoes: 2010.2 Triumphs
Putting out tapes and flags for TNT. Not well attended as usual, but everyone who turned up enjoyed it (as well as the newcomers) and I enjoy setting and running them, so no big loss.
Saw turbo doing intervals, glad I didn't join him - looked like a lot of work.
Running15:00 2.5 km (6:01 / km) +60m5:22 / km ahr:126 max:145 shoes: Salomens
Kinda not worth logging, but it's pretty much all I could handle.
From the Hottage to Sanctuary Park for ARK. Knee felt good at the beginning but got sore again on the climb up Artaban.
Was cool cutting through the forest around where the races finished on the weekend.
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.