orienteering race 1:37:40  15.38 km (6:21 / km) +348m 5:42 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Agravic 355
NAOC long 6th place:
Wanted to start easy to get into my orienteering and make sure my legs were ready after all the travelling. Felt fine through the long leg and the short ones after it, keeping my navigation on point. Going to #8 I started getting tired and losing my focus to the race. After finding the control on my way to #9 I had a longer chat with a bigger creature...
I MET A BEAR, ugh.... It was sitting less than 10m away from me, eating berries. It noticed me so I stopped, as I was taught on the previous day, and started talking to the bear. It lifted its head to smell the air so it was clearly just curious. I started slowly walking away from it while keeping the chat up. The bear STARTED FOLLOWING ME!!! Oh god, I thought to myself. I kept slowly walking away and talking to it while it kept slowly walking with me, still curiously smelling the air and "enjoying" the walk. After a few hundred meters it finally stopped so I did too. After a few stares back and forth, the very kind bear started running away, luckily.
At this point, I had no idea where I had ended up backing away from the bear. I tried to understand where I was but no clue. Fortunately, Damian, who started 3 min after me, caught up and I admit to following him to #9. After a few small hesitation to #10 and #11, I got my directions right. I kept a good speed running with Damian and actually lost him on #12 when he did a mistake and I found the control.
Once again, the last 2k proved that I'm still not ready for a long distance. After the spectator control I lost my way sooo so badly... took 10mins on #17, that tells you all you need to know... So tired at the finish but mayde it all the way. Next up Middle!