Rocky Mountain O' Fest, Day 1! Not such a good result; finished ages behind Nick Barrable and the Bonesaw. About 4min of errors:
1min @ 2 - mixed up my rocks and overran it.
1min @ 6 - lazy with the compass leaving 5, allowed myself to drift too low and left of the line.
2min @ 10 - purel time loss here, as I elected to go left and low around a big rocky hill. Turned out the ravine was pretty slow going and high and right out of 9 was both shorter and faster.
Felt good early on but the elevation began getting to me after 40-45 minutes, and I lost the ability to move well through the sage and up hills, even slight gradients. Probably a bit fatigued and short on sleep due to the previous night's travels.
Orienteering in the Medicine Bow is just so much fun. I have been here once or twice, but not for over a decade. One of my fondest O' memories comes from a Laramie Daze of unknown vintage, likely in the 2002-2004 range. There was a four-person relay and we formed a family team - my dad, my two younger sisters, and myself. I was the anchor, and as things progressed it became apparent that everyone was doing great. I was super excited to run and did something like 47min over ~7km, which was my best race ever to that point and the fastest per-k I had ever orienteered. In fact, up till then I had always assumed that only superhumans like Eric could possibly go faster than 9-10min/k. Anyway, we ended up something like 10 or 11th out of 30-some teams, and had a ton of fun cheering each other on and whatnot. I've searched for results of the event online once or twice, but without success. Could be all a dream...