Orienteering race 51:21  5.4 km (9:31 / km)
shoes: VJ Supra Fall 2015
Westchester County Challenge Middle Distance - Blue course
I went off to run after announcing, and it was very hot by then. While I was announcing for the team trials, Balter told me I would run the course in 51 minutes. To my amazement, he was dead on.
I started two minutes after the speedy Aidan, and did not expect to see him at all. I opened cleanly, if tentatively, since I hadn't raced in the woods since November or so. Almost right from the beginning I was walking most uphills - feeling both the heat and the lack of training. To my surprise, I heard Aidan behind me as I was coming down into 8. He caught up on the way to 9, and was gone up the hill to 10. I then proceeded to screw up 11, as I stopped too high on the slope and then turned the wrong way to relocate. A minute gone. To my surprise, Aidan came into 11 from the opposite direction at the same time. We split up to 12: I went low along the stream, he went high. As I came into 12, I could see him a couple of contours too high, sailing past. I did ok on the next couple, but then was too low on 16 and had to climb up, losing 20 seconds. This time, I was less surprised when Aidan appeared behind me.
He flew past to 17, and I could just see him drop down towards the trail on the left heading to 18. I decided to go straight, though in retrospect should have gone a bit right of the line to avoid the steepest sections. This leg shows up as a mistake for me, even though I executed cleanly, which means I was either far too slow, or my route was bad, or both. To my surprise, Aidan was just in front when I punched 18.
I ran after him to 19, but he went off too far to the right, so I went to the control instead. He flew past me for the last time as I walked up the hill to 21.
All in all, I was pretty satisfied for my first race back after a long layoff. Importantly, my knee that was operated on in February did not give me any trouble. The sciatica does not seem to have gotten worse, but it's definitely something I need to figure out, as it is quite painful, especially when standing.