orienteering race 5:04:37  *** 22.14 km (13:46 / km)
19c shoes: Green VJ Integrators
Hickory Hop ROGAINE - 6 Hour Solo
Longer events are not my forte, and Hickory Run is not my most successful of parks, so I went into this with the plan that I would have fun and not worry about winning. I knew this map was green, but I forgot just how green. So my plan pretty much consisted of staying in the nicest woods, which meant basically going around the outside edge of the map.
On Map A - 51, 31, 53, 61, 37, 43, 71, 57, 79, 41, 77, 35, 75, 63
There were no major issues with most of these. Lots of people around for the first three controls. With Hugh III from 61 to 37 and lost him on way to 43. Ate two sandwiches on the long slog up the trail corridor between the out of bounds areas from 71 to 57. Ran into Chris Hand at the trail junction there and were together through 57-79-41 and then I pulled away on the trail. Made very lame attempt at 45, but didn't have a solid attack point (just pace counting along the trail) and was spooked by entering the head-high veg alone. So there were long periods of trail here with no controls. Stopped in the bathroom on the way through the yellow campground. Did get a little messed up in the flattish area around 75, so wasted some time there. Saw Ed Scott, thought he was leaving the control, but when I found it determined he had been heading there. Cut out from 63 to the camp store and back to the start/finish to switch maps.
Punched finish, then punched 80 right away so as not to forget. Changed socks and changed shoes from O-shoes into trail runners as I was starting to get rubs. Ate and drank while looking at Map B, for which I didn't really have much of a concrete plan. Headed back out at about 3:50 in, still without a real plan.
On Map B - 80, 44, 60, 52, 40
At this point my feet were feeling better but the rest of me was really getting weary. I headed in the same general way as the morning, getting 44-60-52. I exited 52 to the Southern trail, which didn't really make any sense, and thought about heading out toward 66 and 32. But it looked awfully far and I didn't want to get all the way out there and be exhausted. I made a pointless loop of the trails down past the park office while trying to formulate a plan, but my brain was pretty toasted, and at this point I was just wandering and wasting energy. I passed back through the campground and popped in to get 40, since it was so close to the easy 63. Considered going after 56, but remembered the trouble I'd had with 75 in the morning. I knew I was going to be finishing way early, but at that point I decided to pack it in.