orienteering 19:36  *** 2.2 km (8:55 / km) +43m 8:07 / km
16c shoes: Jalas hi-top 2010
NAOC Sprint course at PEEC. Around the cabins, with wooded sections. A little gnarlier than you typical campus sprint, but not really a full forest sprint either.
An acceptable race, but not a superb one. Took a hard fall while map reading and going full tilt down a trail. Caught my toe on a root and did at least a 10 meter Superman before a thundering crash and roll. Took a few seconds getting up, willing my body to respond, which it clearly did not want to do. For at least part of the next leg, I was moving a lot more slowly, and my big toe was screaming "I'm broken, don't step on me, Ow, Ow", before adrenaline and determination kicked in enough to say "Quit whining and get your sorry butt moving."
Some hesitation and a short backtrack on another control, when a trail failed to appear where expected. I probably would not have hesitated so much and would have just said "forget the trail" and bolted through the woods, except that this was the leg immediately after my fall, and I think I was still a tad woozy and unsure of myself.
Toward the end, I outran my map reading and overshot one control, costing at least 30 seconds. Bummer. After that, it was crash through the swamp, falling and getting my map so mucky I had to wipe it off to see the next control, then three or four quick turns and a sprint to the finish.
A fun race, but not nearly as clean as it should have been.
As of Monday evening, the toe is complaining, but I don't think it is really broken, just reminding me that I did break it 20 some years ago and that it doesn't particularly like being used as a battering ram. Other than that and a small cut on one knee, I survived the fall with an amazing lack of any real injury.