Cycling 11:36  3.02 mi (3:50 / mi) +1m 3:50 / mi
Over to the Esplanade, kinda quickly to not be too late for meeting Barb + Dave... just drizzling really, glad the T-storm passed!
Orienteering 19:19  2.78 mi (6:57 / mi) +1m 6:56 / mi
Tour de Park-o Round 1 = Esplanade 2011
Loooong way out to 1, I definitely planned exactly to 2 and noted 3 in passing, but didn't quite remember if the wall was crossable or not on the way to 3, had to double check.
Reading smoothly, not too complicated, but the criss-crosses at the bridges meant frequent changing of direction + quick reorientation were necessary, could have been a bit better prepared for one or two of them, just envisioning how I would leave more than simply thinking, "just pop over the bridge".
Wiped out, fairly hard, on the wet downhill-side of the bridge from 7-8, ouchie!
Some construction toward the end meant readjusting plans just in that bit, but otherwise a fun course!
Cycling 18:15  3.48 mi (5:15 / mi) +3m 5:14 / mi
Orienteering 18:03  2.57 mi (7:01 / mi) +4m 6:59 / mi
Tour de Park-o Round 2, Mystic River
Just Ian and I for this one, and not so much time before we were supposed to meet folks at Tufts, so locked bikes, stashed stuff and off!
I really enjoyed the beginning bit, picking around the little hills to just the right spots. Then #6 was un-fun on a veg boundary (anyone know if officially a veg boundary must be marked as distinct to be used as a control feature?), that I kinda decided I didn't need to go exactly to after bashing a wee bit through the woods. The bit on the far side of the bridge was less interesting, but, eh, all part of the game.
Running 2:00  0.15 mi (12:56 / mi) +9m 10:57 / mi
Orienteering 11:17  1.38 mi (8:11 / mi) +66m 7:07 / mi
Tour de Park-o Round 3, Tufts Uni (Qual A)
And we found Giacomo, Eric and Ben waiting for us at the Tufts traffic circle exactly as prescribed, hopefully we weren't too late...
Brendan had designed two sprints for us, the Qual and Final, for the Qual we started a good minute apart, I started last, and certainly no signs of Giacomo who had been my minute-up, think he was faster by ~30s, at least.
It was definitely tricky in exactly the way I wanted to train - must read and really figure out control descriptions! Think it helped to get into that mode...
Running 1:56  0.19 mi (10:26 / mi) +1m 10:16 / mi
Orienteering 10:31  1.5 mi (7:01 / mi) +12m 6:50 / mi
Tour de Park-o Round 3, Tufts Uni (Final)
For the final, we decided to start in reverse-chase order (after some debate about which way was chase vs. reverse), 20s apart.
In a different section of campus, but still super-tricky requiring control description attn on more than 1 control. #3 was the first one of those, and we kinda bunched up there, all within sight. And now, looking at things, I think we all messed up #5, it's inside south corner of paved area, and we all went to the top of the stairs, should have been on just the other side of uncrossable hedge. I knew it didn't fit the description at the time, but figured Brendan just had strangely written that description, nope....
Read 9 and 11 and 12 correctly, 16 too, but was helped by Giacomo leading the way to the proper entrance right in front. 17 was just confusing even reading the CD, I came to a full stop before having to choose in or outside the stadium, then was trying to chase Giacomo down, which led to the major failing of the course, not noticing that the finish was *inside* with no way in around it, you had to retrace steps, which neither Giacomo nor I did from the start, perhaps losing a full 15s?
Meant Ian and I had a sprint in though, but like at Quabbin a bunch ago, I don't have the ability to match his speed. Ah well. =)
Running 2:34  0.18 mi (14:30 / mi) +15m 11:28 / mi
Orienteering 18:42  2.53 mi (7:23 / mi) +2m 7:22 / mi
Tour de Park-o Round 4, Danehy Park
Eric, Ben and I continued on for this one, joined back up by Barb and Dave. So great to have a good troupe for training!
But wow, brain is either toast or I was just otherwise inexplicably bad at choosing routes on this one. There was lots of route choice actually, made possible by many fences and seemingly scattered-at-random breaks in the fences. I didn't always see the best breaks....
Comparing with Ben afterwards, looks like I missed 3 routes substantially. 2 were not seeing breaks, 1 was not seeing the lovely road route that I now remember being mentioned in others' logs... ah well. A good lesson!
There was a plan to also head to Fresh Pond, but I didn't feel up for it, nor did anyone else. Adjourned to ice cream at a nearby cafe, perfect! =)