Orienteering race 2:58:20  **** 11.9 km (14:59 / km) +1722ft 12:17 / km
shoes: Integrators pair 2
DVOA A meet + WRE - long - South Mountain, PA. Basically a big steep hill with several summits (and the the upper campus of Lehigh University on one of them). This was by far the most physical course I'd done in a long time, and the hot weather (80's F) didn't help. Rather too much trail running (although this was better than the alternative!). I think the Ski-O's I'd done earlier in the year did help me decipher the myriad of trails in the first half of the course. I thought the first half was more orange like than I'd expect for the team trials (although much more route choice), although it was very physical. There was a killer leg (10-11) about half way through the course with a choice of either a lot of climb (which I took) or a long run around the hill. The terrain was steep and rocky, which I didn't like.
I'd entered this course to prove to myself that I could still do this sort of thing, which I succeeded (with 1 min 40 s to spare!). However, the main issue today was my fitness, not orienteering (despite a couple of stupid mistakes near the end due to tiredness), and even if I remove my mistakes in winsplits, I would have still taken 2:50:00.