Orienteering race 1:15:28  3.93 mi (19:12 / mi) +879ft 15:51 / mi
weight:116.4lbs shoes: Salomon Speedcross 3
QOC Patapsco McKeldin Green Course, drove down with Sandy and Clem
Not too hard navigationally, but pretty hard physically, lots of up and down and up and down. Route choice - up and over or around? I went out hoping to keep a pace of 20min/mile, and it was helpful looking at my watch and seeing that I was keeping that pace. This is the first time I tried that. Made some small bad decisions, but all in all did not make any big mistakes. First time for that too. :) Controls where I could have been better:
4- came onto the ruin from the top and had to scoot all the way around to get it - lesson is don't forget to read the clue sheet and think about which side of the feature the control will be on...
7 - fell really hard after this control, and lay on the ground for a bit. "i will wait until you stand up," said the guy behind me...and eventually i did but i was kind of shaken. ah, just the burst of adrenaline i needed. left hand hurts worse than right knee right now. hope it goes away soon.
8 - should have stayed on trail longer, ended up fighting through some deadfall
9- went in from the road a little too early, lost pace count
11-took the higher trail and realized i was climbing up only to climb down again; plus control was easier to see from below, so i ended up going to the lower trail anyway
12- longest leg- my oh my that was some steep descent! whee!
Not a lot of gas in the tank at the end but managed to run a bit to the finish. I did keep up my intended pace and ended up doing pretty well - so I think it is safe to say I have officially moved up to Green!
Note to self: eating Gu right before was a good idea. Get more Gu, even though it's disgusting. Also continue the visualization exercises from the training manual I got for Xmas. And how I love my new shoes!!!!