orienteering race 4:29:46  26.3 km (10:15 / km)
Highlander. In short I was super excited for this race but did not have the greatest success with the physical aspects. I raced well for the first map, making my goal of winning the king of the mountain leg and recovering from a pretty big mistake on the third control. I took the trail on the way to control number 8, and the map exchange and my feet were starting to hurt. Like I had rocks in my shoes or like my studs were coming through the bottom of my shoes. I was disappointed to find myself unable to keep up with Piutepro on the trail leg and was very surprised when John came down the trail after us. he passed us and I tried to stick with him for a little bit, but fell back because of tired legs as well as the sore feet thing. Daniel was running well though and kept with him. I headed out onto the next next much slower and really slowed down a lot on my way to number 18, getting into that horrible gear known as walking. I was just thinking to myself, at least I'll get to the parking lot before Sam and Hilly pass me.... and voila they pop up right after I punched 18 and breezed past me ( with the cadets coming along too) to the parking lot. I took the opportunity to change into sneakers, but I still found myself walking a lot of the last map. Had a nice chat with Jon Campbell as he passed, and felt that I was at least finding the controls fine. Going into the last control Peter Grollman showed up behind me and that was a very nice reminder that I should be less wimpy and I ran pretty hard into the finish, to break 4:30.
next year I will figure out a good way to win the King of the Mountain and also race well on the rest of the course :) Great meet, congrats to HVO!