Orienteering race 1:17:41  7.7 km (10:05 / km) +400m8:01 / km
OCIN Flying Pig / US Masters Champs 2018 Day 2 - Red M35
Wasn't sure I was going to start until the morning, but the hamstring felt better, and I decided to walk/jog the course. I started very slowly and cautiously, and transitioned to a steady jog, never opening up my stride. This was fun, and I enjoyed the course and the terrain. Unfortunately, on the way to the second-to-last control, the hamstring suddenly started hurting a lot more, and I hobbled the last leg and a half.
In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have gone out, and now my punishment is yet more rehab...
Still a fun weekend. Good to hang out with my parents and Inara and share the house with Will and Cristina, and also to get out in the great Carter Caves terrain.
Warmup, including running from the finish up to the lodge, and then on to the start.
Orienteering race 1:22:05  7.6 km (10:48 / km) +600m7:45 / km
OCIN Flying Pig / US Masters Champs 2018 Day 1 - Red M35
I dropped down to red for the weekend after injuring my hamstring last week, and was glad that I did. Still, it probably would have been wiser to rest entirely, even though I enjoyed the orienteering and the terrain. It was very steep, which made for slow going, and my hamstring tightened up very early on. I navigated fairly well, though, and saw Wyatt (-4 minutes) leaving 7 as I was coming in. I worked hard to catch up over the next few legs, and then ran with him until taking a better route to 17 and pulling away.
The navigation was mostly clean, except for losing 2 minutes or so in the Bermuda Triangle of crossing and disappearing contour lines around number 13 - apparently a last-minute map printing error.
My hamstring got worse heading to 16, and I was mostly trotting the rest of the way - far from race pace.
A fun course by Mike Minium one of those areas that are more fun to race through than train in. A lot of green, which added to the challenge, both physically and technically. I enjoyed it and ran fairly well, though feeling like I had no power in my legs. My hamstring held up for most of the race, but tightened up over the last few legs. Good result - finished 3rd behind Greg and Will, but ahead of all the hot-shot juniors.
Fun to have Inara and my parents cheering on the run-in!