Orienteering 55:22  *** 5.61 mi (9:52 / mi) +38m 9:40 / mi
18c shoes: Salomon Speedcross 4 - Gray2
ROC sweetened the pot by offering a just for fun mass start race on Sunday at Webster park. Had done the permanent course here, but didnt have much recollection of the park. Its not as technical as Alasa Farms, and has such a dense trail network that it was an extremely fast course, coupled with the Mass start which meant if you could find your pack you could fly.
I realized something was up with Syd when first her control numbers didn't match (but mine did) and then she went into the woods when I was on an obvious trail section. Thought maybe there was unannounced forking, but turns out she was on a blue map.
After the rush separated at about control 3, I was actually leading the Red pack through control 9, with 2 obvious people close behind. Interestingly, this actually motivated me to look and plan ahead more than I ever do, which is a habit I should get in to. At 9 I made a bad choice that allowed the 2 followers to pass me beyond where i could see them. I actually caught up to them again at 14, but thought they were coming out when in actuality they had messed it up, so I messed it up too, my only real mistake. I tried to huff it to the finish to catch up, but was just too far behind at that point, coming in 2 minutes behind. Another 60 pt effort at time of writing!
Lunch with wraps, chips, and apple cider afterwards. It was a fun event and definitely swayed us to make the trip to get in 2 sessions. Thanks again to ROC!