Orienteering race 8:00:00  **
North Am Rogaine Champs, Day 2...
We headed out for our night controls, which went smoothly except in one place where we got fooled by one of the many unmarked streams. Backwoods Girl did an awesome job relocating there, and we only lost 10 minutes or so. She felt like crap, but marched along a bit more slowly, staying in close contact with the map - except on a couple of occasions when she warned me that she wasn't. The deal was, we would get to Camp 12 – a horse camp – and find a place for her to take a longer nap and try to shake off the bug.
We snuck into their dining hall around 3 a.m., and stayed until after 4 a.m. I couldn’t sleep, so I stared at the map looking for alternate routes, but couldn’t find anything better than our original plan. The nap hadn’t cured BG sufficiently to make it seem like a good idea to set off on a 10 km loop with 1800’ feet of climb. So we picked off a few random controls along the main road leading back toward the base camp, not getting too far away in case we had to bail out. BG was suffering because her stomach was empty, and she couldn’t eat or drink, so she was hiking with no fuel. She wanted to continue to be competitive for as long as possible, but finally it became clear that we had to go back and let her rest, so we checked in two hours before the finish. Fortunately, we had done just enough. Our last control was worth 50 points, and that was the margin by which we won the female category of the North American Rogaine Championship!
1st 8 hrs – 710 points
2nd 8 hrs - 410 points
3rd 8 hrs (actually only 6 hrs) – 190 points
Total – 1310 points
If it weren’t for the Bash Rogaine Partner Curse, it would have been cool to see what we could have achieved in the overall standings, but we are happy with how we did in difficult circumstances. It was awesome to race with a navigator I trust so much while remaining heavily involved in the nav myself. BG is mentally and physically tough, and a great partner.
A lot of teams we know had problems, including 'Bent's team, where 3Pin had IT band pain that slowed him down. Most people were smiling though, and hopefully GHO will get another good crowd out for a future rogaine.