Orienteering race (team trials red) 1:47:21  6.02 km (17:50 / km) +235m 14:55 / km
spiked:12/15c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10
Red middle course at team trials. Nominal 4.8km/230m
Overcast and low 60s most of the time; it rained hard before we got up and then tapered off a bit before stopping for awhile, starting up again as we were changing and getting ready to leave, so absolutely fine timing!
I started ~40 minutes earlier than originally scheduled, taking Glen's spot as he also started earlier. Otherwise I think I would have been finishing up when it started raining again.
Fell once (leaving the area of #9) and tweaked my right knee somehow (twisting a bit, maybe) though I didn't land on it. Hurt to stand on and I wasn't sure I would finish but I headed off in the direction of 10--and towards the arena--and by the time I got to the climb it was feeling okay enough as long as I didn't straighten my leg too much. It hurt enough on the ride home that I asked Glen to drive so I could keep it still (I'm the usual driver when we travel together as I have a tendency towards motion sickness). Vit-I and ice application are underway.
Tony Muffati started two minutes behind me and reached #1 just before I did; I was a bit left of the line but had just spotted the flag as he came in to punch. To 2 I stayed above the rocks it apparently a bit too high as I was close enough to the AT to hear two hikers wondering about the map David Hunter (and whoever he was running with at the time) was carrying. I circled back in the direction David had come from to get 2.
I should probably have stayed below the bare rock to 3 because I could have attacked off the same trail bend, but I saw the trail as easier footing and angled up to it from 2 (so I climbed then instead of later in the leg. Spiked 3.
Down the spur to 4 noting the saddle just before it. Spiked. Almost turned left because I had seen the direction change from 5-6 but then remembered I had to continue on the line and get 5 first. I was crossing about at the straight line from 8-9 when Sergei (Gnatiouk or Fedorov) asked, "Where 85?!?" I was headed for 82 and I said, "What?" and continued on my way. Way to interrupt someone's concentration even if I was going slow. Still, I had no trouble with the saddle, seeing the form line hill before it. Spike.
To 6 I wasn't sure about the left route around the marsh and crossing another one near the end of the leg so I headed north to hit the AT again and took that, angling in from the small hill and charcoal platform to the SW...I probably added several unneeded contours to get over the hill going that way but I was sure of my navigation, had a trail, and found a nice path through the lighter green (mountain laurel, in bloom). Spike.
I went left of the rocks to 7 and miscounted rocky spurs so was too far west but corrected when other details didn't look right.
Spiked 8 and 9. To 9 I dropped farther down the hill than intended but figured out what I did when I was below instead of above the rockiness by the marshy area.
To 10 (after recovering somewhat from my fall) I went left/west of the green spur following the stream to the bend. Climbed between the big cliff and the rockiness under the line (where it was cut) so I'd be in the right reentrant...spiked it which was very satisfying because it was such a climb, for me especially as I haven't been able to train properly this year. I led with my right foot sideways rather than straight ahead to ease the pressure on my knee. Saw Charlie coming in from the right as I punched but he soon left me in his dust. ;-)
Slow and steady, on the line, to 12 and 13, both of which I also spiked, then zig-zagged a bit down the hill to 14 as I couldn't run anyway. Then down to the trail and to the giant boulder, and in to the finish.
Glad I went, glad it's over, and I wish I knew what was going on in my knee (whether it's "just" inflammation of the pes anserine bursa, or something else). Ouch.
Found out at the finish I wasn't last, as Peggy said she had a frustrating time with 10 and 11. That's the only time that will happen, I'm sure. ;-)