Orienteering 1:40:11  7.0 mi (14:19 / mi) +200m 13:09 / mi
spiked:11/16c shoes: VJ Integrator Spikes
Stanley, ID - Gold Rush Long Course on the Trap Creek Map. I was expecting very technical terrain but was surprised that it was also very physical. I had a lethargic race - just no energy. I think this was due to several factors - the 6500 ft altitude, last week's cold/flu, the warm temps (started just before noon) and the persistent deadfall on the forest floor. I had not really done any woods orienteering since West Point and had no forest legs.
I was being very deliberate out of the start headed to #1 following compass and pace but the contours just did not seem right. So I backtracked, re-attacked losing several minutes. Had I just kept going the first time, I would have been ok. I plodded through the course without any huge errors after that until #12 where I was just slightly right and beyond the control on first approach but couldn't find the control and could not confirm exactly where I was so wandered losing a lot of time before finally figuring things out. My nav was shaky throughout - made a dumb route choice to #7 for example.
This race confirmed what I already knew - you can't expect to do well in this tough terrain without putting in adequate training upfront.
The course was decent, fair. I'm not sure the 2.5m contour interval was necessary - this is not at all flat terrain. The deadfall really detracted from the enjoyment for me - I could not get any momentum going and did not have the leg strength to power through it.
There were some really fine performances on this course by Ted Good and Tapio.
Hiking 1:45:00  5.0 mi (21:00 / mi) +220m 18:28 / mi
Stanley. ID - After an early dinner, drove over to Redfish Lake and did an out and back hike on the Redfish Lake loop trail. It was all uphill on the outbound but I did eventually get some nice views of the lake. Feeling really wiped out after the earlier race.