Orienteering race 42:05  4.7 km (8:57 / km) +235m7:10 / km
North American Middle Distance Champs - Double Duck Flats
Awesome area, but relatively easy course.
Got sick last week after the US Champs and still feeling a bit under the weather and wasn't able to push hard. 2 small mistakes, but nothing over 30 secs.
First half of the course was in lots of detail, but the 2nd half was surprisingly bland. We had a massive leg that took us to almost the top of this hill that had heaps of rock, then we just ran around the edge of the detail to another control and then had lots of easy legs taking us to the finish. Shame. Hopefully I'll feel better for the long tomorrow.
Orienteering race 34:13 4.34 km (7:54 / km) ahr:147 max:165 shoes: Salomens
THOMASS event - pre-NA Champs warm up.
I was in no state to do this, but I wanted to try and purge whatever had taken hold out of my body.
Only wanted to do half an hour, so just self handicapped myself.
Picked up 7/16 controls in the box (was meant to get them all), took myself on a scenic jaunt over and around the hill.
Jogged the final sprint section, was a bit worries about getting back first, but there were heaps of kids surging through the changeover so didn't have to worry about that.
Really fun format, the mass start with everyone aged from 8-88, I could see it fitting in well as one of the mid week races post Schools Champs during the Aus Champs carnival.
Orienteering race 21:47 2.6 km (8:23 / km) ahr:163 max:177 shoes: Triumphs v2.0
US Sprint Champs - Camp Sekani
My favourite kind of sprint terrain. Fast open forest with technical rock, started up high so it was mostly downhill.
Ran off the map on #3 and smashed my knee on a rock so hard at #8 I walk/jogged the rest.
Still came 8th - HTFU USA.
Orienteering race 2:08:33 16.2 km (7:56 / km) ahr:159 max:171 shoes: La Sportiva Cross Lite
US Long Champs - FIshtrap Lake
Ripper area for a long. Open grasslands, with lots of big cliffs everywhere.
First failure of the La Sportiva - bistered up all over the place and my arches were in agony. Ground was just too hard and it was damn hot.
Was running with 2 other guys but fell off the pace after about 2/3rds cause the pain was too much. Vancouver's made my feet soft.
Orienteering race 43:21 7.29 km (5:57 / km) ahr:176 max:185 shoes: La Sportiva Cross Lite
US Middle Champs - Moses Lake Sand Dunes.
One of those races where I thought I was having a really good run, then get back and discover it wasn't that good.
Winner did 34, big pack from 4th on 38 to me at 13th.
As I said yesterday, you needed to be straight and fast - and since the area was quite easy any mistakes are amplified. They were:
#1, stopped dead half way when it didn't look like I expected, then checked #6 just in case, then stood at the top of the spur when it was down the side (luckily Carol ran into it below me which saved me freaking out and running out of the circle and wasting more time) - 45 secs
#2, short leg, overran it - 30 secs
#7, more hesitation, the green to the north and east of the control wasn't obvious on the ground and I really had to force myself to continue into the circle - 45 secs
#17, exit 16 badly, stop, orient, take a few steps back to check the precious control - 30 secs
#21, went way off the line for no good reason, 1 minute
#22, another bad route, the north route was smoother and faster. 30 secs
So nothing major, but they all add up. It was also pushing 30 degrees (or whatever 85 is), it's funny, I never consciously notice the heat, but my HR was way higher than usual for that pace and I felt slow.
Tomorrow will be interesting, 16km on another all yellow map and same forecast!