Orienteering3:17:37 28.55 km (6:55 / km) +859m6:01 / km ahr:163 max:178 shoes: Icebug Spirit6 OLX
The highlander! This was a fast and fun one. Big pack for most of the first loop, not counting Greg who was way out front by himself the whole time. I took it pretty cautiously to test out my foot.
Things spread out a bit on the second loop, but there was still a core group with a few others on and off who caught up when we screwed up or fell off when we didn't. I fell pretty hard on one of the trail sections, banging up my left knee and right elbow. But then the posse missed the next control and I was back with them again.
Started the trail run with Boris while Will stopped to mess with his feet. Mark ran off ahead of us and we let him go. Will caught up later towards the end, and we could see Mark ahead at the exchange. We caught Mark after two controls on Hogencamp, and then we all stuck together for the rest of the race, except for a brief sprint from the underpass at the end. I did not apply much effort to sprinting (trying to avoid another crash) and ended up at the back of that pack (for 5th).
As usual, Gu at -0:15, 0:45, 1:30, 2:15, and 3:00. I felt pretty good most of the time out there, though a bit uncoordinated due to lack of much forest running recently. Feet were starting to feel a bit raw underneath, but seems like only some minor unbroken blisters. Achilles/heel seems fine afterwards, and the swelling on my kneecap was already down a bit by the time I got home.