Orienteering 1:40:41  *** 10.4 km (9:41 / km)
22c shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons
Ukraine Training Camp Day 3 AM
Julian had requested a 15km-long course on Vyshgorod, one of the maps that will be used for the Ukrainian champs later this month, but as soon as we saw the map, we knew that none of us would manage the whole 15km. The map is riddled with numerous, intricate and steep erosion gullies, the sides of which are very soft, making climbing slow and tiring. We ended up running the first two loops mostly as a group and then split up to pick up a few controls each.
Running 30:00  3.53 mi (8:30 / mi)
shoes: 2006-2 VJ Falcons
Warming up, cooling down, and picking up controls for the sprint.
Orienteering 14:50  *** 2.4 km (6:11 / km)
13c shoes: 2006-2 VJ Falcons
Ukraine Training Camp Day 3 PM
A sprint course at Babiy Yar, a park comprising a mental asylum and an area where Nazis executed thousands of Ukrainian Jews in 1941.
While we were changing next to a broken-into sepulchre, a couple of 14-year-old girls started hovering around us and chatting with us in Russian. They took a particular liking to Shep and promised to learn English by the time he is back in Kiev in August. One of them asked him to write his phone number on her butt.
Oh yeah, and we orienteered some too. I got the copy of the map that Brett had used to plan the courses, so it had tons of extra controls and crossed-out legs on it, making for a good session to focus on keeping concentrated and not losing sight of my place on the course. Didn't really make any big mistakes, just felt dead the whole way. The terrain was a mix of pretty thick woods with steep hillsides and gullies and open, fast parkland. Quite enjoyable, actually. Jules won in just under 13 minutes.