Orienteering 57:58  5.46 mi (10:37 / mi)
shoes: Nimbus 15
Fascinating. Finished 3rd, despite having only 3 of 24 individual legs be 3rd or better.
(note that on splits, because #6 was missing, the split times are shifted by 1 control after #5)
1 - wow, people went out hard. Quite a group in front of me. Zach is way too fast to tag behind (2 years ago at Webster, I followed him through all but the last 2). Now, he is 2 years stronger, and I'm just 2 years older. One nice thing about trailing by just a bit was that I could pick a cleaner approach route, and there was no back-up when I got there.
4 - Still able to view where the folks ahead were going.
5 - People stringing out by this point. Following Greg(? - ponytail). Probably 7 or so in front of me.
6 - No control there.
7 - I was trailing 'Greg', and poof, he stops at the water jug area (he claims he didn't get water), so I am all alone going up the little trail.
8 - So this is the first time I was in 3rd, which I kept except for a back and forth near the end.
9 - Consistently 5th or 6th fastest per leg through here. To this point, I didn't make any real bobbles.
10 - A bit of a bobble (41s) a little searching, also, a bit of path issues - Tim R. passed me to this one. He misses punch later on - no wonder I see him running the wrong way later on - him doing that made me double check my map, I figured I was doing it right.
11 - Straightforward. getting fatigued by now, as I was only 6th fastest.
12 - Took the path closest to the lake rather than by the stairs. Probably worth 15 seconds.
13 - No longer pushing it extremely hard, as I'm kind of all alone. Turns out I had 3 minutes on the next guy by here. (I'll slowly lose that cushion)
14 - the easiest one, theoretically. We should have all seen the control at the start. I blow right by it. (thinking that it was the finish punch), and then misread the map, so I go past the potties. Meanwhile the crowd at the start/finish were wondering whether I had gotten it. So they got to see the whole episode. Doh! Lost 1.5 minutes here. The routegadget calc was pretty close - I estimate 1:20 by tracing my GPS back and forth.
The crowd claimed I was 4th? Turns out I was 3rd. Where had all those in front gone to? In road racing, you can count those in front, and count them down as you pick them off. Here, there were enough people going different routes, that you could pass and have no idea.
15 - Didn't try anything fancy. Went longer to find path from lap 1 to get a good AP. I thought I had run pretty hard along the road, so being 10th on the leg was due to conservatism.
16 - Used telephone wires as handrail. Led me down a steep decline, which really slowed me down, but it did plop me at the exact spot to cross the bridge. 6th on that one, so it was a wash speed wise.
17 - Had talked with ccsteve beforehand. Felt that going around rather than straight down & up would be better. I suppose my slower time on this was due to looking at the map several times.
18 - Straightforward. However, at this point, Chad Borden starts sneaking up (coming into control after I leave).
19 - Thought I'd cut straight up to look for the row of trees, rather than find the path. I ended up going into the yellow area, past 20 (which Chad punched) and swinging all the way down to the lake. Claims I lost 32 seconds, which is probably right.
20 - Having been by 20 already, I knew my way back. Best leg.
21 - Ran hard to this - straightforward. Bud Ed Housel is now appearing in the mix.
22 - Mostly road running. With folks breathing down my neck, I pushed hard.
23 - Pulled a real stinker. Went up wrong inlet - allowed the two guys behind me to catch up. Luckily, there were several 4K people around looking, and the other 8K's were not perfectly clean.
F - Ed took the left of the log, I squeezed by the right. It allowed me some distance as we turned onto the road. Was it impolite to put on burners and kick hard? (PS - It worked).
Completely soaked with sweat. Lots of fun.
The safety glasses with 2x bifocals worked great. I say that because after the race I realize I didn't think about them at all.