Orienteering race 45:24  6.0 km (7:34 / km)
TT Middle distance at Blue Mountain, Peekskill, New York
Felt good in the morning with another hour of AC session in the car during the drive to the park. The weather was cooler and raining (at least while driving and preparing for the race) Humid and worm but a bit fresher and bearable than yesterday.
As for the race and the course. Looked like the perfect course for me. Downhil middle distance course in technical terrain (we had a 2 km walk to the start mostly uphill), not very hot weather, and raining. Started steady and careful, reading ahead and pacing, But nothing cooperated today. I was overrunning almost every control, regardles of the fact that I actually paced. Always stopped, relocated and corrected and did not loose more than 30 sec to a minute, but this was for most of the controls.
And then there was 10. The plastic bag again got scratched on the line to 10 and the whole leg was unreadable. Again some moisture got in the map, making it unreadable. Tried to guess what's going on, around the circle, used my compass and paced, but ended up too much to the left.
For 13 got a huge paralel error looking for the control too much to the left up the slope.
And finally the torture was over.
Overal lost over 11 minutes in a completley brainlessly executed race.
Rest of the morning and in the afternoon, soaked in the lake, tried to drink and eat fruits again as much as possible, and "enjoyed" again the cold and hot waves through my body that came back around noon as the weather got too hot again.
It will be a loong day flying back to Seatte, having about 7.5 hours of dehidrating air time with one layover in Charlotte.
On the plus side, watched the Team announsments for this year's WOC in France and the exitement of the guys and girls that made the cut. I ended up as 3rd alternate
And met Anders again, a sharp norwegian guy that spent this spring here in US, (in Texas) for a college internship and showed us some real orienteering.