Orienteering race 37:43  ** 6.45 km (5:51 / km) +167m 5:11 / km
Winter Series 3 @ Shoreview Park. Quite slow as to be expected given current fitness, but an okay run otherwise. Nice course by Patrick. The J smoked me by about 3min, but surprisingly I pipped the Bonesaw by 4s for second.
Most importantly, no knee pain.
I started about a minute behind a new guy name of Dusty Caseria, who I'd seen at a couple events but hadn't met. I caught up to him at 2 and then we were back and forth several times throughout. I was impressed by his fitness; he ran away from me twice in the physical sections but was also more erratic. Chatted a bit afterward and turns out he's an Icebug-sponsored adventure racer and former college XC runner who's only ever been to four or five proper orienteering events, and is still in the "learning what all these weird symbols mean" phase - yet can already come within 90s or whatever of Bonesaw and myself on a map new to him but extremely familiar to us. He seems interested in more orienteering - particularly longer races (I have a feeling this guy would be deadly in a Goat). Maybe the Next Big Thing for Cascade?