Orienteering (Campus) 57:45**** 5.31 km (10:52 / km) +4m10:50 / km ahr:123 max:158 spiked:17/19c shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue
U of Arizona campus sprint training, with a 1.54 km corridor to follow (all other map info removed) to the first control. Fun variation. Total: 4.1 km
Between the cold air and my chest cold I couldn't get much air in the lungs but that meant I had more time to look at the map to choose routes in detailed areas.
Temp in upper 40s, a bit on the brisk side but nice out of the breeze and in the sun (start/finish location...near the building where Cristina and Melissa first met).
Orienteering (Park) 55:26*** 4.12 km (13:27 / km) +5m13:23 / km ahr:114 max:137 shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue
Practice event designed to have us quickly find a start triangle and orient the map using only features, to head off towards one or two controls. Go from the finish circle on that map snippet to the start of the next. Regroup, then flip to the next map snippet, find the triangle and orient the map, and repeat.
Track/time doesn't include about 100m or so from the first start to the first control, or about 50 seconds to get there. Partnered with Eileen, since we were both moving at about the same pokey pace (she due to a hamstring strain, me due to continued chest congestion). Didn't find the flag/tape at one location, and moved a piece of tape we thought was mis-placed, in the line of rocks, closer to the end and under the tree canopy (as shown on the map).
Orienteering race (Score/trivia) 1:47:42  *** 6.21 km (17:20 / km) +202m14:55 / km spiked:14/15c shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue
Trivia (multiple choice) O in historic Bisbee, home of the Copper Queen mine (which you could tour if interested). Fun, two hour limit. Many staircases, not all of them indicated on the aerial photo we used as our map. Thanks to Mark Parson for organizing and coming up with the questions. Upper 40s and mostly sunny.
After I dropped my marking pen (no backup) I started to take photos at controls to jog my memory when I finished. May post them later (or a link).
Bumper sticker on a car (presumably a local's): BZB We're here because we're not all there
On Laundry Hill Rd, an old fashioned laundry tub in a parking lot
All the staircases! They run a race here every October that climbs 1034 steps of various staircases.
Houses practically on top of each other except for the steep hillside they are on
Old Bisbee Brewing's Sterling Saison in Brewery Gulch
After a restless night with lots of coughing and nose dripping/wiping (half the time I slept in a semi-upright position), and more nose dripping this morning, I decided not to do the mass-start event at Catalina today. I've had the privilege of running through the rocks and saguaros and prickly pears here before, so I wasn't missing much (except for the fun of finding control points). Instead I went in search of a Safeway to purchase our third box of tissues this trip.... Maybe it'll stop soon?
We'll take a day off from training tomorrow and figure out some sightseeing to do.
Walking5:26 0.19 mi (28:35 / mi) +10m24:25 / mi ahr:104 max:119 shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10
To the start of the NRE classic
Orienteering race 1:40:22*** 5.97 km (16:49 / km) +181m14:36 / km ahr:125 max:148 spiked:8/10c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10
Brown NRE at Box Canyon, Coronado State Forest south of Tucson. 4.27 km, 190m climb
Temps yesterday got into the low 60s but it was more overcast today with threats of sprinkles so didn't make it out of the 50s. Chest cold continues to bother especially on any climbs.
Started a few minutes behind Eileen and didn't really expect to see her out there (once she was out of sight for the climb to #1), but she had a mistake at 3 (I saw her coming from the opposite direction as I left it), I overran 4, then I saw her at 5 (the cliff) where she got ahead again. Certainly didn't expect to see her coming down the reentrant to #8 when I was coming up, but we both missed it by a little bit (and I think either mapping or control placement is a bit off there) and eventually spied it in a flatter area of the reentrant on a lone tree rather than on the side of a spur in a forested area.
I think she spent more time on errors than I did; she only had a couple minutes on me for the course. I would have been happy heading back toward the finish after #5 but plugged away. 6 crossings of barbed wire fences, some easier than others (most I went under; one between 5&6 seemed to be gathered and was easy to get through).
Hoarse from coughing at the finsh and I could barely talk, but my voice has come back a bit since. Hope this cold clears up soon!!!