ride to the MNOC meet at Battle Creek in St. Paul with Biz and Tom. Had the wind at our backs, so seemed pretty easy. Tom broke a spoke, which caused a little detour to Grand Performance.
Orienteering57:41*** 5.24 mi (11:00 / mi) +363ft10:20 / mi ahr:173 max:227 spiked:17/20c shoes: Innov8 Bare Grip 200
A decent effort. I felt like I was at redline for a bit too much of the race, but happy with the nav for the most part.
I opted for the low route to #1. I had to contend with a steep hill, but I think it worked out OK. My pants had some issues... I raced with my tri shorts under my O pants... and they kept falling down.
#2, I took the clearing down the hill and came around the lake a bit too far west. Had to reorient to the east.
#3 easy peasy
#4, I opted to go around the lake to the east, and ended up too far west coming up to what I thought was the control location.
#5, searched too low.
#6 easy peasy
#7 went around the lake to the east. Not sure if this was the best route. Thick and hard to judge distance. started searching too soon.
#8 Came out and drifted north on the path. realized I was off course, so stopped to tie my shoe and plan a route. Ended up with a pretty good run by linking trails and clearings.
#9 no issues
#10 a little east, but saw the control and didn't lose time
#11 pretty easy
#12 Thick crap. I am sure I lost time here. Hard to get out of 11, hard to get in to 12.
#13 got caught by Mr. Curtis and we traded off on the remaining controls.
#14 attacked from the trail
#15, went as far west as I could along the parking area and then attacked up the hill
#16 went west to the road and then north. easy peasy
#17 to #20 easy control locations, fast running, but really ran out of gas. Felt like a struggle, as it should.