orienteering 1:26:36  *** 7.5 km (11:33 / km) +330m 9:28 / km
Another very hot day. No matter how much I hydrate, the heat just kills my energy. Nasty blisters on my heels and toes. Tough uphill start, made me think I wasn't gonna make the whole course. Jogging up the road to 2nd, I met a man coming down and he said something.. I thought maybe you can't get through a fence or something up there so I said: what did you say? and he repeated: you look strong going uphill :-) Thanks!
Did good on 1, 5, 6, 7 was a bit off in the ring looking for 8, punched at the same time as Carl U and while I was tired I figured I could follow and get some speed. 9 was tricky and there were many people running around in circles. 10-13 it was Carl U, a DVOA guy & I. Turning the map I got surprised by the looong leg to 14 (should have looked ahead). Didn't take my time to look for a good runable route choice, just went back around the hill and straight, through the rocks, through the green, what was I thinking!!??
Happy I made it through the course. Beautiful terrain!! A lot of times I just felt aah and wow.
But as so many times before in my orienteering career I end up very disappointed with myself, frustrated that I didn't do better. I'm usually so pumped before a race, I know I can do better. What will it take for me to succeed? I mean I know what I need to do.. but once I'm out there and once the competing/racing devil is there I have a hard time remembering those things. I need to take my time and read the map, look further for better route choices. Stop taking chances, stop just running fast and end up not knowing where I am.
No problems with the knee, iced after the race again. Left hamstring a bit sore, I keep stretching it.
FR 9.833 km
Went back to Camp Buckner for another icecold shower, which acctually felt pretty good, cooling off. Hung out. Didn't want this weekend to end.