Orienteering race 1:40:38  14.0 km (7:11 / km) +400m 6:17 / km
ahr:165 max:175 shoes: O-VJ-Grey-Spikes
Had a fairly clean, physically solid run. Happy that I caught, then navigated away from Eric Bone (couldn't quite run away - we were too close in speed today) and that I passed several others on the course as well. Upon finishing, I was thrilled to learn that I'd set the best time in the Team Trials day 3, and 6 minutes later, with no sign of Clem or Eddie, I celebrated winning the classic day at the Team Trials - even better than my (set-high) goal of ~2nd place and ~100 points.
Very happy with that.
Then Clem finished, about 8 minutes after me, 5 minutes total-time behind, and I realized that I'd probably just missed my primary goal for the trials, of making the WOC team when WOC is in Ukraine, despite winning the Long distance Trials race.
After hopes, but not really expectations, of a WOC slot pre-Trials, and notably decreased odds after a poor Sprint, I knew I had to pull off two impressive results to make the WOC team. 3rd on Saturday kept my hopes alive, and 1st on Sunday seemed momentarily like it would do the trick. But in the end, there were several of us at the trials with a mix of good and not-so-good results - something a human committee could not choose between without angering someone. So fortunately, we've got a long-debated & oft-tweaked way for the results themselves to decide (a process I've been very much a part of) and I didn't quite score enough.
Quite a roller coaster there.
The times & scores are done, and I need to think of a new goal. At the rate I've improved in the last 6 months, I was planning, had I made the team, to aim for a WOC A-final. Since I won't be aiming for a WOC A-final, & I'm not even eligible for a World Cup entry, I'll need a domestic goal. I've got a few ideas on paper, but before I post them, what, dear reader, do you think I should aim for next?
BTW, one other, surprisingly helpful bit of 'consolation' came from Mr Hawkins., who expressed a bit of surprise at how little he beat me by overall. Thanks.
Running warm up/down 20:00  2.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
About 15 minutes of on/off, slow warmup, and 5 of even more on/off, even slower, cooldown.