Orienteering race (Gig Harbor SS) 3:02:33  ** 20.8 mi (8:47 / mi) +500m 8:10 / mi
Huzzah, 20.8! My goal was to break 20 miles at 8-9 minutes per, keeping the pace more or less constant throughout the three hours. Success!
5. 6:55 - here I had the unique experience of being caught by someone else on foot, which had never happened to me in a Street Scramble before. Mathew Rogers and I followed similar routes early on, and he came upon me and caused me to pick up the pace and run with him for a couple legs here, before he went right and I went left after 24. I was impressed by his speed, but he was also only doing 1.5 hours.
17. 10:56 - I think this was when I had problems figuring the question at the YMCA out. I was looking for a brick, but I was erroneously looking on the wall rather than the ground.
21. 6:02 (0.80) - Still able to run at sub-8:00 pace after 20 miles! Ain't that something. Maybe I should do a marathhhhahahaha yeah no.
I came in 2:33 late, so lost 30 points and ended up with 840/1000. I missed only four checkpoints - three remote ones on the northeast side of the harbor and one near the finish I had to chop at the end.
When I went up to get my award Eric announced me as "U.S. Orienteering Team member Will Enger." I have still not fully processed this. As little as six months ago, when people used to ask me about orienteering and I would tell them about how I was trying to make the national team, I was always a little embarrassed because it sounded so ridiculous when I said it out loud. Every day I try not to take anything for granted.