Day 2 of the Wisconsin A-Meet, this day not counting as a US Champs day, but just an A-Meet.
I woke up with a very swollen and purple left ankle after apparently twisting during yesterday's race. Taped the ankle heavily, took some advil, and was ready to go. This race left me with a much better feeling than yesterday's, even if the result was roughly the same. I again started out really fast, winning the first split (I won the first two yesterday and led after 5.) It's very strange that this is happening and is not normal for me. This time, though, I did not fade quickly, but had a very clean race through 14, losing less than a minute in total and running fast, feeling like I was pushing well through the terrain. The end of the course was sloppier, and I made a few 20 second mistakes and did get tired, but never lost control of the race like I did at times yesterday. Ended up 4th again, this time behind no one but clubmates! Very cool to see Will, Ross, Kenny, and me go 1-2-3-4 and an enjoyable conclusion to a great weekend of orienteering.
Sunday's map with routes: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.ph...
Some things to take away from the weekend:
Not nearly fit enough -did not have the mental or physical toughness to race for 90 minutes.
Lost concentration at least 3 times on Saturday (#6, 10,17) - inexcusable.
Got distracted by events not related to the race - barbed wire.
Did not come up big in a race that really mattered to me - very disappointing.
Speed not bad when the footing was decent.
Was fit enough to run strongly on Sunday after racing on Saturday - something I could not have done even a month ago at Pawtuckaway, for example.
Only lost focus once on Sunday (#8) and regained it quickly.
A surprising one: ran well on long legs. On Saturday, on the longest legs I was 1st, 6th, 3rd, and 2nd.
Really was having fun orienteering on Sunday.