trail run 12:00  1.2 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: Falcon O shoes
Team trials Long Distance. Warm up to the start with Ross, who about 1/4 of the way there realized he didn't have his description holder and had to go back and get it. Arrived at the start about 1 minute before his time - perfect timing! Stopped raining as we were running which I was very happy about! Of course, still came back soaked as the woods were still quite wet. Looking forward to this course and having a fun run.
Orienteering 1:30:27  8.4 km (10:46 / km) +370m 8:49 / km
shoes: Falcon O shoes
Long course. I was pretty relaxed at the start but really botched the first control. I came off the corner at a bad angle. I knew at the time it would be hard, because coming off corners always is, but I wasn't careful enough and I let the wet green push me around. I ended up too far right, which I realized but I wasn't sure how far right I was. Tried to relocate by looking around and I couldn't match anything up on the map. Reading 1:15000 is hard enough while running, but then trying to move along a wet, thick rocky hillside and map read was beyond my ability. Therefore I stood around longer than I should have. Finally decided the best decision was to climb back up to the trail and try again. As I was climbing back to the left and up I came across the two boulders in the open area. I remembered seeing them on the map and tentatively started moving back across the hillside double checking other things as I went. The clearing matched up really well, so I ran back to the cliff. Had a brief glimpse of Pavlina further down the hill, also looking for #1, and punching #1 with Angelica, who started 6 minutes behind me. Ran hard and accurately to 2, 3 and 4, trying to lose Angelica :) Really took off at full speed to #5 trying to pull away and blasted through the woods - which was a wonderful feeling. Hit the narrow trail going down and saw Clem in front of me and worked hard to catch up to him. Hit the big trail right behind him and we caught up to Viktoria. Unfortunately, Clem pulled away and I pulled Viktoria down the wrong nose (sorry!) when I thought I saw the ride. Moving slowing down the nose as I could sense something wasn't quite right (no ride...). At the end of the nose Viktoria actually relocated and we had to cut through the woods and reentrants to #5, losing a couple of minutes. Pretty clean after that for the next few controls and didn't see Viktoria after 8. 8 looked tricky and I was glad that I took my time to read the rides as I came into it. Ran a bit past 10 on the ride as, again, my compass angle to the control was quite poor. I think I had an ok route to 12, but I just needed to run it harder and be more confident. I ended up running a bit past the cliff on the switchback trails and having to come back up. Ran the trail around to 14, and although safe, was obviously a bit longer. Botched 15, coming around the hill too much and running above and past the control. Bailing out to the trail below when I saw it far to my right (thinking could I really have missed by that much?). Blasted out of it and ran hard down the trail to the last control (I love simple last controls :)). I recovered nicely from #1 and running with Angelica and Viktoria in the beginning certainly forced me to run harder, which was nice.