Orienteering race 57:28  *** 4.35 km (13:13 / km) +154m 11:14 / km
spiked:9/10c slept:6.5 shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-A 2013-08
Brown X day 2, SL 3.9 km / 140m
A cooler day today, starting just below 50F and getting to the mid 50s with breeze picking up and clouds coming by later.
Painkillers taken, the knee/thigh felt better than yesterday at least, though definitely not healed. I don't think this one will bother me as long as my right knee when I had swelling under the kneecap. So I was able to move a little faster on the downhills, although I was still going a bit tentatively especially where there was noticeable rock.
Straight to number one, a large rock, then the long leg...I chose to go mostly over the hill taking a line that avoided any steep climb. I hit the yellow ride around the north shoulder of the hill, which was easy running down to the road. On the road I couldn't avoid the gravel so was carefully stepping so I wouldn't fall, maybe a bit slower than I normally would go. Found the trail just before the stream and climbed, attacking from where the trail kicked up a bit, but was 20-30m to the right after skirting several unmapped rootstocks/downed trees below the form-line reentrant. Exited to the NW to pick up the E-W stone wall around the vertical green lines, but then noticed someone running in the yellow ride...oh, I can use that! Nice features leading into the hill above the reentrant, and a number of folks headed to it from various directions helped too.
5-6 I contoured out to the road east of the water drop, then ran to the bend beyond the first stone wall and contoured over, staying below the rocky spur. Careful compass to 7 (again had folks going to it at the same time). No problem to 8, just slow. Fun course, and better design than yesterday, I thought.
Finished 4th in F60, 10 sec behind Sandy, but 3rd overall for the weekend. Prizes were: 1st--headbands with "Love the Lakes", 2nd--mini O flags, 3rd and best--apple cider donuts!! Both Glen and I were 3rd in our age groups, so we gave away a few of the dozen we had between us. :-)
Thanks to HVO, WCOC, and all the other volunteers this weekend! Good job on the weather, too.