Orienteering race 1:16:56  11.0 km (7:00 / km) +350m 6:02 / km
shoes: O-VJ Integrator Spikes
A-meet following the US Champs. I did a bit better than yesterday technically, but I did find myself running out of gas on some hills near the end, and I still did some time-losing wobbles. The mix of "bail deliberately" and "follow the ridges" combined poorly in some cases. Running straight alone the lines would've been better in those cases.
Almost had a major error where, from 2-3, I thought I was running 8-9, and was having trouble matching things up. Finally when I realized what I was doing, I was able to piece things together quickly and I was less than 100m from the bag. What worked well, was using the compass to guide the route, s.t. I was going the right way (and the 2-3 and 8-9 lines being parallel certainly helped.)
I had to leave before the results were up, but I suspect I'm similarly far back today, likely 8-10 behind the winner. A bit more if Ross was clean.
- Slippery hillsides are not a place where I'm strong physically - my tentativeness on side/downhills over a certain slope was significant.
- I did a lot worse technically in this terrain, vs. the winner (at least yesterday) than physically, which is unusual, esp. when there was no major error. Next time I go to a major event like this where I want to do well, I should study the pre-existing maps more than simply looking at them a bit, but rather do the additional step of designing some sample courses, and planning routes that I might execute, to have more time to generate a good feel for routes that seem to fit the terrain. I felt I was bumbling through the navigation a bit too much...
Happy to be heading home - missed the family on this trip as they'd decided not to come this far.
L-Upper Hamstring held up quite well this weekend. A little sore (light prickly burn) in the evenings and long CDW ->Greenbush & back drives, but much better than a typical weekday at the office. Running more and sitting less seems to help. So I think this may be more of a sitting injury than a running injury ;)
Edit 1: Just saw the results, they're even worse than I thought. Lot's of people got their act together at ran 63-68 minutes, and I was still a big gap back. Yuck. Looking at my course I can find maybe 7-8 minutes of imperfections, and I doubt everyone else was totally clean. It'll be enlightening to see the splits.
Edit 2: Just saw the splits. Looks like I was just 2nd tier today, running/orienteering much slower than the big boys... Not sure if my hamstring issue is contributing, or I just wasn't pushing mentally or physically hard enough.