Third leg of Tiomila: night, unforked, 13.0 km listed. I have much to write up. In short, I ran about as well as I could - perhaps three errors of about two minutes each. While I had access the human meat-streamer for much of the leg, I was alone or leading a pack for about eight controls. I also witnessed a few big errors by the pack.
I had a fantastic experience, and I'm really glad I had a solid run and didn't let the team down. The entire team had strong, solid runs - everyone did their job wonderfully. Giacomo brought us back in 159th, and before Ross's leg, we stayed between 150th and 176th place. I managed to pick up twelve spots during my leg, but I think that was just finishing a few minutes ahead of a big pack that I passed. I finished 171st on my leg, 27 minutes and 36% back of a sick run by Andrea Kyburz. CSU Results
. To our great surprise and elation, while we failed to avoid mass-starting PG, we finished in 145th out of some 330 teams with a net pace of 8:03/km. Many excellent pics were taken - primarily by Greg and Ken, though I grabbed a few. Expect them to be posted soon. Running Tiomila with my clubmates was one of the greatest highlights of my orienteering career so far. Relays are wicked awesome.
My map was an A2 sized sheet at 1:10 - a massive 17" x 23" placemat. Checking codes required flipping to the descriptions sector of the map, but I religiously checked all my codes. I found that I was comparatively strong relative to the pack at punching through dense green (chiefly pine trees) and marshes, and comparatively slower on trails. While the night was chilly (maybe 5 C when I ran), I overheated a bit in LS top, tights, a buff, and gloves. The temperature continued to fall, and the night was uncomfortably frigid after my run - probably not much colder than freezing, if at all. Quickroute