Orienteering race (Lowlander) 3:01:48  12.2 km (14:54 / km)
shoes: Oroc 280
First attempt at any thing like this long for a good ten years. So tons of apprehension, but long story short ... I really enjoyed it. Even more motivated now to try to build some endurance. Would be super nice to be able to do some actual running instead of my current old man shuffle/walk.
Need to thank both Janet and Sam for goading me into registering. And major thanks to Sam for driving us down.
Did all my own nav, which is what I like, but then I had no choice. After reaching the 1st control I was completely alone, except strangely during 3 to 4 where Joe appeared with several others in tow. When Joe stopped to retie his shoes, Joe's pack followed me instead, which I thought was pretty darn hilarious. When Joe reappeared the pack jumped back to him, and they soon pulled ahead and disappeared.
Two notable mistakes. First was from 7 to 8. Went right side of the lake, which led me into the way way greener than mapped area. Lost direction in the green, and ended up on the knoll NNW of the control. Maybe 3-4 minutes lost.
The second was a real doozy. After the trail run, sat on the rock beside the food box, and had a nice picnic. Was kind of hoping somebody else would show up, but no luck. Studied the map and saw that running up the road was of course the obvious thing to do, but it struck me as really boring, and I wanted to orienteer damn it. Surely the course setter wanted us to head down to the parking lot and stay in the woods. So ... that's what I tried to do, only to discover the hard way what apparently is common knowledge to experienced Highlanders -- that way is impossible. The thin green line is actually a giant deep ditch. And even if you get across the ditch, which I did, the far bank is a giant barrier of brambles. I was trapped in the brambles for eons, eventually escaping to the right back towards the road. A good 10 minute disaster.
Other than the bramble scars, just one solid face plant. Caught a toe on a fallen log and went down hard, but to my surprise no damage done.
Next goal, Billygoat 2020. May also be the next time I get out too.