Orienteering 14:30  2.8 km (5:11 / km)
shoes: Inov 8 X Talon (Aug 10)
Again, plan was to go easy for the first three controls, which, when looking at the course, turned out to be a great idea. I never felt particularly fast or fresh, and was thinking that I wasn't fast enough. Pushing it the whole way though and was constantly hurting.
Caught site of Hans going to 5, which helped me push a bit harder. Had enough time to examine some of the routes ahead which was nice. Passed Hans at 9 but had him right on my tail the rest of the race.
Going to 11 I thought I had taken the obviously slower route, but luckily I was wrong, and I actually had the fastest split. However lost a few seconds to 12 going to the right.
Started to fade by 14 but could see that there wasn't much course left, just tried to keep my focus for the last few controls.
Coming into the finish was crazy. Heard from Wil at 17 that I had the lead, but knew that this wasn't definite. Seemed like everyone was cheering me on into the last control, I was absolutely dead though. A bit of uncertainty at the finish but was thrilled to learn that I had won. The start treatment at the end was really nice. :P
GOLD!!!! First elite COC title.