Orienteering race 1:54:00  *** 6.7 mi (17:01 / mi) +290m 15:00 / mi
29c shoes: Salomon Speed Cross 3 Black
GNC extreme-o long
Syd and Jens started 6-8 minutes ahead of me, so it was a chasing game. Nav was mostly straightforward but they threw something new at us every few controls. 1:5k, 1:7.5k, 1:15k, usgs, blanked out portions, no trails, plotting, bearing + distance, aerial photo, trail-o, climb through culverts, carry a stuffed animal, maze-o, hidden flags, Morse code.
I caught up to syd at control 6 and was able to pass her and stay just ahead for several controls before leaving her behind eventually. Had to pick up and transport an egg thru 2/3 of the course or break and get a 5 min penalty.
Caught Jens about control 16, and we played leap frog for he second d half of the course. I was faster between controls, but struggled with some of the instructions so he caught up and took off and I'd have to chase him down again.
Ended up in the same row boat with him, and then I waited in line for a rope crossing while he jumped in to swim. Caught back up in the maze and we finished at the same time.
Lots of fun, mentally engaging, and shorter with less climb than blue so I actually felt really good.
3/14 on long. Too bad it didnt count for anything!