Running warm up/down 7:00  1.0 km (7:00 / km) +50m5:36 / km shoes: O-Icebug - Blk Spirit II OLX 2
Up the road to the start, then a bit of looping around.
Orienteering race 1:48:54 14.0 km (7:47 / km) +550m6:30 / km shoes: O-Icebug - Blk Spirit II OLX 2
US Champs, M21, 6th US.
A bit disappointed at how slow I am compared to the field. It's not way behind my past-10-year average, but the surge of the last few years seems to be falling off. I'm perhaps doing too much Ingress running, rather than focused training? Not worthy intervals? Not sure...
I think I may also be more hesitant in the forest than in the past?
Map reading seemed okay - though took effort to study hard on the run - so I'm interested in getting a vision check.
Looking at best two splits:
#3 86.8 - I had planned ahead on the climb to #2, and simplified the route to rough-compass bail toward the pointing part of plateau edge, then drop, also w/rough compass check. Executed fearlessly (of nav. errors.)
#5 85.2 - Also had simplified based on the steep hill edge bends, and even noted the odd big reentrant in the spur partway as a clear double-check. Also caught glimpses of someone fast up ahead (turned out to be John Campbell) who I pushed to catch up to.
Looking at worst two splits:
#21 60.8 - I was dragging a bit by the end, but wtf - Angelica beat me in the chute. I think there was some sloppy epunching involved, but that's no excuse...
#12 64.3 - Went out low and had no clear attack, misinterpreting and checking many lumps and bumps along the way. Should've picked clearer attack points en-route, e.g. climbing to the marsh/hill-edge, and bottom of rocks.
#20 65.6 - Apparently seriously out of gas by the end - the bail and run were okay - with only some limited nav. hesitation along the road. Should've had more than 1 GU on hand, and also adjusted by eating a bit more than normal - perhaps 4-oatmeal packets, instead of 2 + a waffle... - and/or 3 plus a banana 2 hours before the start - given the 4 hours between breakfast and start...
Running40:00  6.0 km (6:40 / km) shoes: R-NB 481 Gray/Orange 3
Running19:00 3.56 km (5:20 / km) +34m5:06 / km shoes: R-NB 481 Gray/Orange 4
Trying out a local cross-country for kids thing that meets at Arch, with AJ. He's the oldest, but not the fastest. Not sure when we'll get back there - tho maybe we'll do a Sat. AM Belmont Plateau thing in 2 weeks?