Orienteering race (Rogaine) 13:00:00  ** 37.42 km (20:51 / km) +1768m 16:52 / km
North American Rogaine Championships in Allegeny State Park, NY. Dave Onkst and I ran as team NADAV. I found the terraine physically challenging. Our route called for a longish first loop finishing back at the hash house by morning. For this we had to take a good bit of food and gear for the night. We probably carried too much water/Gatorade. There were plenty of water stops and I never got to one with an empty Camelback bladder. The coolish weather contributed to this. It was supposed to get to 39F at night; we did see our breath.
I felt pretty good initially. We started going the same direction as eventual Male Masters team winner UNO-DUO (Ernst Linder and Alar Ruutopold). Appearing to be outfitted lighter, UNO-DUO were going a bit faster. We were hitting our controls well and staying on our intended route ahead of schedule. We thought we had a good route. After about 6.5 hours, I started having trouble lifting my right knee. The tendon connecting to the hip (Dave said this was my hip flexor) hurt every time I lifted it. It soon felt like I was dragging it. It might have been caused by stumbling on something, overuse (for the day), lack or training or it just being too soon after the SVO Rogaine for me. I started needing to walk a lot more than I otherwise would have. Muscularly I felt fine. Dave gave me some Motrin and I gutted out the rest. Rest breaks did help but the pain kept coming back and forcing me to walk. It got worse climbing the steep hills.
We had a few baubles but kept at it hitting controls and plugging away. While I was eating a PowerGel going from #409 to #608, I folded then stuck my map in my pocket. After finishing the PowerGel I reached in my pocket to pull out the map and discovered it to be gone. It had worked its way out. We backtracked for about 3 minutes and luckily I sort of spiked the map in a small depression of ferns. We hit our 24th control before midnight at #406. Dave saved us several times over the course of the day where I'd gotten off track a bit such as going from #706 to #409. We had come across several areas where the 1:30,000 map showed only one stream but in reality, there were several parallel ones. This made some approaches tricky.
The route we took was: #505, #407, #408, #703, #504, #803, #310, #411, #701, #508, #312, #805, #509, #706, #409, #608, #507, #806, #413, #609, #704, #605, #307, #406. The distance shown for the 13 hours reflects straight-line measuring from control to control. The actual distance covered was about 46.4K or 28.8 miles.