Orienteering race 38:45  *** 4.2 km (9:14 / km) +260m 7:03 / km
Short Pig at McFarlan Woods (a corner of Mt. Airy)
Well, what a way to celebrate my birthday: Luke won M-10, Zach won M-14, Nate won M-20 and I somehow managed to win M45+ by just one second!
The start was setup on a trail, and I started jogging along the trail while I located the start triangle. This was almost a disaster, since I almost panicked, but I realized I could see the reentrant, calmed down and recovered. C2 was a nice confidence builder - a long leg with a clear route. C3 wasn't bad, and I came over the hill to C4 knowing just where it would be. That was fun. I ended up going way left to C5, as the trail was so much more appealing than the hill. It looks like that probably cost me no more than 10 seconds. Pace count told me when to look for C6. Hustled down to the stream on the way to C7, but came down at a place that wasn't so friendly for the last 5-foot drop (a common occurrence over the weekend), so I lost a bit adjusting my route. Had to aim right when climbing the hill, to bounce of the trail. I saw Greg B here.
Heading to C8, I aimed left and hit the small trail, just before the main trail, giving me an easy attack. I think I caught Tori near C9 and had a nice bearing to C10 before I punched. I got a ways ahead of her on C11/C12, but then I blew C13 a bit, due to trouble seeing what was on the map. By the time I sorted things out, Tori had caught back up. Somewhere around C14/C15, Greg B reappeared. Leaving C15, I ran hard down the hill, but had to slow a bit after almost taking a tumble when things got slick. Started up the first trail on the other side, realized that I should be on the other trail, but when I started to slide over to switch trails I almost cut Greg off, so I continued up.
Leaving C16, I followed the line to the first clearing and failed to understand that I could following the clearings to the open area, and got hung up in some green stuff while going to the trail. I pitched my map and compass before punching C17 and contoured a bit to C18, while running very hard, allowing me to beat Nate on that split. My finish split was 2 seconds faster than Mark Voit, allowing me to slide past him (but I was still slower than Nate).
Patty was 3rn in F50+ and Walt picked up a rare medal, 2nd in M65+, so we all ended the day with medals.
Running warm up/down 25:00  2.78 mi (9:00 / mi)
Warm-up included going to the start, coming back and going there again, plus some jogging. I wisely went out for a 10 minute w/dn.