Orienteer 4:56:48  13.63 mi (21:47 / mi) +2790ft 18:14 / mi
shoes: Salomon Speedcross M8 teal
POCAR Lap 1
OWWWP = me, Sami11, Space Monkey, Garrison, rocky33, and Jeff Sona.
raining and low 30s to start the race. geared up w tights, 3/4 rain pants, IB base, sal LS 1/4-zip, arc jacket, gloves, and hat. not joking around!
the first loop went really well for us. we moved quickly and smoothly, good nav by The Garrison and The Monkey. went to fire/water early to see if any challenges but no. hit the north-most control and then a longish road run; we saw our POCAR rival "The Russians" on the OOB and that put a hustle in our step. i started feeling weird (itchy feet, hot ears...uh oh) as we got to the end of this. as we turned in to the woods i started to feel a lump in my throat and short of breath. my vision started to get spotty on the edges and i asked for help. Mike gave me some benadryl and pepcid which i chewed and swallowed. we kept going at hiking pace and just as quickly as the symptoms developed, they went away. so strange. kinda scary too, no idea what triggered it. maybe race stress and change from cold to hot??
from then on Erl carried my pack most of the time and i still struggled to keep up. but fortunately there wasn't as much road running left so it went okay. we still beat the RD's expected split by 90 minutes!