Orienteering race (sprint) 22:51** 1.51 mi (15:08 / mi) +48m13:46 / mi ahr:168 max:175 spiked:13/15c shoes: Inov8 xtalon 212 B
US Sprint Championships at Camp Wakpominee, NY. I can't complain about this race. I had a really clean run and kept moving the whole time. The day started out badly with my connecting flight from Newark being cancelled and me scrounging to perhaps find a ride. In the end, it was a nail-biter hoping to make it on time via another flight were I was on standby. I did make the flight and then got to the meet just on time. Usually after a red-eye like that I try to get a little rest before the race. That didn't happen, so I'm really happy that I managed to perform well even though I was really tired. It could have been a lot of mental mistakes.
#1 Trail to bend to control
#2 Up the small trail then across to the control.
#3 up the stream
#4 meant to take the trail, but pulled off to the south by some other folks. saw the wrong control first and checked the code before going to four. estimated time loss about 3 seconds.
#5 through the woods down the spur to southwest trail junction, short way on the trail, then up to the east to the control. As I did the final climb into the control, I was wondering if an eastern route would have been better. Hmmm.
# 6 Through the parking area to the small trail that led straight to the building
# 7 over to the smaller trail between the clearings, then off to the control after hitting the southern building
# 8 pretty much straight to the control
# 9 At this point I was running with Gavin Wyatt-Mair. We were together starting at about #6. That was a good thing, as it pushed my pace. To number 9 went south through the woods to the power line, then followed power line ride to the buildings. I think it would have been faster to take a slightly more eastern route to be on the trail.
# 10 Lost Gavin here as he misread the course and took off toward # 12. I correctly went to number 10, but stopped momentarily at the first building instead of the second. I hadn't really noticed the other building under the course line. Estimated time lost 5 seconds.
# 11 Less than optimal route, as I got into the rocky ground and took longer than I should have to get up onto the hill. I almost followed the rocky stream, but luckily figured out not to and to get out of it.
# 12 Straight. A lot of people had trouble distinguishing that this was two buildings. I didn't have that problem.
# 13 Up trail to junction east of # 9, then straight through the woods to the control.
# 14 Almost went straight, but as I was leaving # 13 I noticed the small trail and the map and took that. Was very glad that I had seen it. I was doing very nicely at this point and was reading the map well, so did not hesitate and lose time when passing controls that weren't mine. I was solid on knowing exactly where I was going.
# 15 Straight up the hill. This seemed more like a trail than mapped so I was afraid I was wrong and drifted a little bit to the east before seeing the control and correcting.
Fourth place in F50+, but only 47 seconds behind Mary, who was second.