Orienteering race 37:09** 7.46 km (4:59 / km) +103m4:39 / km ahr:149 max:180 25c
WIOL 4 @ the fabled sprinting paradise that is the University of Washington! Really great course set by Cameron and Nancy Devine, lots of tricky route choices and control placements. As expected, our friendly neighborhood Finnish national team member Einari won with some ~2:40, but I was able to take a fairly narrow second ahead of Bonesaw and Dusty. Impressed by Dusty's run just 80s after me without much experience on complicated urban sprint maps. Also shouts to Siri who had an awesome run; at 41:27 she was fifth (!) overall on the course. I started early because I had to leave by 10:30, so unfortunately couldn't hang out and chat with people.
A few mistakes and inefficiencies: 2-3-4: The flag at 3 was fallen over so a few seconds lost first finding it, then uprighting it, then exiting the wrong way. ~15s 5-6: Quite an inefficient route; I failed to recognize that there was a long thin belt of OOB blocking the straight line, and then belatedly realized the flag was *under* the bridge until after I had gone left around the OOB when right would have been much better. ~20s 11-12: Went south around the large OOB instead of back the way I had come north around the building. ~15s 13-14: I went right around the building but I think left is better; this is one of those sneaky legs where the choice of routes doesn't actually start where the leg starts. ~5s 19-20: This was my worst leg; I got caught out by the trap and was a level too high. ~45s? 20-21: Given the control placement I think approaching from the right rather than left is better. ~10s
Fun fact: So far four different people have won the four Winter League men's races, and none of them are Bonesaw.