Running warm up/down 9:39 0.43 mi (22:27 / mi) +40m17:25 / mi ahr:113 max:132 shoes: Icebug Spirit 7 OLX
Orienteering3:43:54**** 28.87 km (7:45 / km) +1061m6:33 / km ahr:160 max:182 30c shoes: Icebug Spirit 7 OLX
Highlander XX, Baileytown, Surebridge, Silvermine. Most of the time running with Boris, off and on with Will H, Joe, Will Hubsch and later Peter Z. Finished in 6th at the back of a Joe-Peter-Boris pack.
Ran pretty conservatively on the first loop and the trail leg, aiming to avoid any early face-plants. Still feeling ok on Surebridge, though I had to stop and re-tie both shoes, which had stretched out despite being pre-watered and pretty tight at the start. They were still snug in the front but it felt like my heels were starting to slip around and develop hot spots. Ripped a chunk of skin off my fingertip at the top of Fingerboard mtn when I stumbled while passing a tall rock. Lots of bleeding so I squeezed it with my thumb for a few minutes. Still dribbling when I took the pressure off but it eventually slowed and stopped. Was definitely feeling tired on the last loop, and the blueberry drained my motivation for running in a lot of places. Also enjoyed the usual blueberry-induced hamstring and calf cramping. I think the main limiting factor at the end was coordination, I felt like I was right on the edge of stumbling and was hesitant to push any harder.
I felt like the navigation went smoothly, we didn't really miss any controls, and took good or good-enough routes. I ate 5 GUs, all caffeinated, one before and every 45 minutes. Luckily not much traffic on the way home.