US Classic Champs - Lake Moreau SP, NY
Day 1 - Blue
Just like many others at this race, I was amazed as soon as I flipped over the map. The terrain and the course looked awesome! Much more exciting than I had expected of this random state park in upstate New York. At a first glance, it looked like Norway, only with better runnability.
As for my performance, what can I say? Of course, until the last moment I held out some hope that the back pain would magically disappear and the lack of training would not affect me, but that was not the case. I could never run above a quick jog - due to the lack of training and racing, and all the unevennesses in the terrain, especially the downhills and anything that involved jumping or bending down, hurt my back quite a lot. Moreover, my navigation was pretty poor, including very basic things that, after 20 years of orienteering, I should be able to do in my sleep.
It wasn't even the big things, like the 4 minutes lost on #4 and the 1.5 on #21 that piss me off, but the small things. Going to #3, I climbed an extra contour and cliff for no reason at all, only to drop back down to the control. To #5 I drifted off the line despite telling myself to watch out for exactly that on that leg. To #7, I didn't stick to the line of cliff tops that would have led me to the control, but instead ran into the vague area to the east of the control with no chances to relocate. And so on. My best bit of orienteering was probably 10-17. First, a few short, technical legs without big climbs or drops, which allowed me to be fairly smooth and then, the longer leg to 16, where running head to head with hammer somehow got my mind to sharpen up a bit, even if it turned out that he was on a different course.
A crushingly disappointing result in the end, since I didn't realize just how slow I had been running during the race. Even without mistakes, I would have been 15 minutes behind the amazing Ross and 8 minutes behind Neil.
Map part 1: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.ph...
Map part 2: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.ph...