US Champs Long: 1st Place in M65. (NOTE: Leg-by-leg details are in my split comments
on AttackPoint. Also, my route
is on the GAOC RouteGadget site.) Ran surprisingly well, especially over the last several legs. Made me realize that I'd underestimated my conditioning on yesterday's sprint. The last two months of good training (relatively injury free for the first time in two years) must have made a difference.
Many people lost a lot of time on #6, which it was generally agreed was mis-mapped, being actually about 60m further from the river. Fortunately for me, I had realized during the first leg that I wasn't going to be able to identify the subtle details on the map, so I employed throughout a strategy of compass and pace count, see the big features, look around if necessary. That worked beautifully on most of the controls, probably saved me on #6 (the misplacement didn't bother me), and didn't hurt me too much on the other three I didn't nail (1, 3, 8) because in each case I was able to figure out which way I was probably off and so to go in the right direction to find the control.
Peter hurt himself twice while out on the course and was unable to finish, opening the possibility of a championship for the rest of us. I was fortunate to be able to beat a number of very good orienteers (Gord Hunter, Bob Putnam, Bill Cheatum, Charlie DeWeese, Jim Hall, Francis Hogle, among others) and quite unexpectedly win the Long.
Charlie re-injured his hamstring and bruised his toe by stepping in a hole, which was also the cause of Peter's injury. I also stepped in a hole, I think it was after leaving #6, and felt a shooting pain in my left knee. It didn't bother me the rest of the way, nor too much the next day, but stiffened up on the plane ride home and really hurt after a short walk on Monday.