Orienteering3:26:30*** 23.46 km (8:48 / km) +666m7:42 / km ahr:149 max:174 22c
Teanaway nav race, 4hr. There was a new LIDAR section added to the map, so rather than do the same old same old I immediately made a beeline for it, collecting a number of the checkpoints in the Tongue and Lick Crick on the way. I erred in not carrying water with me; I had one water control some 40min in but then no others for over two hours, and was hurting quite badly once I finally reached the next, and hobbled to the finish half an hour early. However, I did clear the whole north half of the map as per my plan.
Cycling1:00:09 17.44 mi (17.4 mph) +296m ahr:134 max:168
Home -> Hamlin Park to check spots for next week's Wednesday event. I feel my design is a bit more inspired than last time - at least for Course 3, that is, which IMO will be a delightfully frenetic and claustrophobic forest sprint.
Heading up the Burke-Gilman in the congested UW stretch, I noticed the presence of a couple guys behind me; once we got clear of the stoppy part they immediately cranked way up and took off, so naturally I busted my ass to jump on their back, and along with a fourth guy who appeared from somewhere we crushed the next 6-7 miles at a cool ~23 mph, which is a way faster pace than I can sustain solo - yet it didn't even feel particularly taxing. The strength of the pack is impressive. In fact we were covering ground so quick that I overshot my turnoff by about a mile and found myself way up near the top of the lake. It is easy to lose track of your surroundings when you're in the zone and you got the tunnel vision. And also concentrating on not careening straight into some guy's rear.
Cycling47:28 12.27 mi (15.5 mph) +311m ahr:110 max:161