AP is bugging me to train...well, we're going orienteering this evening, so take that, AP. :-)
Orienteering race (sprint) 31:23*** 2.91 km (10:46 / km) +42m10:03 / km ahr:132 max:160 spiked:17/17c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10
Summer Sprint 2 at Springton Manor Farm in Chester Co PA. 1:5000, 10' interval. Nominally 2.6 km, 35m (I counted 170 feet).
Not a lot of energy as it was still about 80 F and humid, but I did run on the downhills (first half of the course). Jogged a bit on the "run in" (40' climb) because I punched Go control just ahead of someone I wanted to finish ahead of, who was walking.
Springton Manor is on a gently sloping hillside. The fenced areas near the farm itself had sheep, goats, and at least one cow that I noticed on my second trudge up the hill (second sprint finish). Also interesting here were the multitude of rocky outcrops scattered around the fields where the animals were (maybe, "too big to remove for plowing, so let's put animals here to graze"?).
Orienteering race (sprint) 24:03*** 2.33 km (10:18 / km) +31m9:40 / km ahr:138 max:156 spiked:11/11c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10
Summer sprints, #1 with 2km, 42m climb (I counted 140')
Route choice to 2 was suboptimal as I chose to head north to a break in the woods (trail mapped, but only a bit of usage here) taking one to rough open. I guess I forgot that rough open had rather tall weeds growing, so I had some wading to do, and ended up with my socks covered in seeds). Eventually made it to a mown trail and stuck with it to the control. Followed a herd path out of 2 to another trail through what was mapped as rough open with tight vertical green, so that wasn't as hard as the rough open I plowed through alone.
After 3 I was on a path in the woods and managed to fall not once but twice. I did a roll though and recovered fairly quickly. Felt silly, though, as I'd run past a father and son who asked if I was okay.
Thanks to Nate O and his dad, whose name escapes me today! These sprints provide good motivation to get out on a hot day.