Orienteering race 1:05:38  6.7 km (9:48 / km) +205m 8:30 / km
spiked:14/19c shoes: Icebug
O in the Pines. Long Distance, Green Course, 6.7 k straight line.
Another good day. I ran straight across from 2 -3, checked off features and aimed off to the right to catch the big trail S of 3. No problems with 4-6: fun area to hop around in. I lost 1 min + on the big traverse to 7, drifted too far north, but immediately knew what happened. Lost another 1 minute to 8 simply because I ran out of 7 without a plan for the 750 m leg. (Trail through the middle, then trail S around). A bit of time lost 11-12, climbing up but then detouring the fence on the field S of 11, which I deemed uncrossable. Little bobbles on the short legs 12 - 14 that should have been trivial. That was for sprinters (not my forte). Rest of the course was fine, I tried to attack as best as possible. Then to the last control, I crashed downhill to the number instead of the circle. Came to the field 100 m W and nobody/no streamers in sight. But realized my silly mistake and spiked with all my remaining strength to finish the course.
A fine weekend. Nice venue, everything close together (camping, finish etc all at the parking lot of the X country Ski area). I liked the map, I was getting in tune with it; liked the courses. Thanks, EMPO crew! This being my first A meet this year, I was very happy with my performance. Also after an injury last December (herniated lumbar disk) which put me out of commission for several months, I seemed to have regained my strength; so this weekend was a confidence booster both for navigation and running.