Orienteering race (sprint) 15:18*** 2.9 km (5:17 / km) +60m4:47 / km spiked:15/17c shoes: Brooks Adrenaline - 1
I ran the first of two sprints, the added times of which would determine the U.S. Sprint Orienteering Championships results. This race took place on the Miami University campus in Oxford, OH. I was nervous before the race, both because I'm the defending champion and because I'm not all that good at campus sprints, especially route-choicey ones. Happily for me, the course ended up being fairly straightforward, since the campus layout is pretty simple. I felt after the race that it could have been made more difficult by varying the leg lengths more and maintaining the abundant direction changes.
My legs felt reasonably good during the race, and I mostly kept a good cadence, except for during a period late in the race when I was buffaloed by a couple trivial route choices and slowed down a bit. I felt the stiffness and soreness in my quads while I was running, and it felt like it curtailed my stride a bit.
I ended up 6th place overall and second among U.S. Championships eligible runners, with William Hawkins 18 seconds ahead of me (as he was in yesterday's race). Mike Smith beat me by an impressive 59 seconds.
1 N Smith, Mike 76 Falcon - 14:19
2 N Hallik, Margus 78 OOC - 14:48
3 Y Hawkins, William 77 CSU - 15:00
4 N Fransson, Hans 72 GHO - 15:05
5 N Torrance, Jon 71 OOC - 15:07
6 Y Bone, Eric 74 COC - 15:18
7 Y Velichko, Sergey 62 CTOC - 15:23
8 N Olaru, Maricel 78 CAOC - 15:46
9 N Smith, Wil 73 Falcon - 15:58
10 Y Yip, Gerald 79 OCIN - 16:00
The letter after the placing denotes U.S. Sprint Championships eligibility.
Warm up jog before second sprint of U.S. Championships.
Orienteering race 14:52*** 2.7 km (5:30 / km) +70m4:52 / km spiked:13/14c shoes: VJ Twister (US size 10.5) - 3
I ran U.S. Champs sprint #2 at College Suites. I liked my chances going into this race, because the event notes said that the terrain included more forest and open fields and fewer paved areas and buildings.
My legs felt tired while I warmed up, and from the start of the race, it felt hard to go fast. I pushed hard and hit the controls well, with the exception of about three small bobbles, which cost maybe 5, 5 and 10 seconds each.
I placed 4th overall in combined time for the two sprints (behind two Canadians and an Estonian), but first in the U.S. Championships.
Top 10, with overall time listed, too:
1 Y Bone, Eric 74 COC - 14:52 30:10
2 N Smith, Mike 76 Falcon - 14:55 29:14
3 N Torrance, Jon 71 OOC - 15:02 30:09
4 N Hallik, Margus 78 OOC - 15:08 29:56
5 N Fransson, Hans 72 GHO - 15:58 31:03
6 Y Velichko, Sergey 62 CTOC - 16:02 31:25
7 N Olaru, Maricel 78 CAOC - 16:14 32:00
8 Y McGrath, Clem 74 DVOA - 16:33 32:41
9 Y Yip, Gerald 79 OCIN - 16:36 32:36
10 N Smith, Wil 73 Falcon - 17:00 32:58
Orienteering16:40*** 1.8 km (9:16 / km) +50m8:08 / km ahr:123 max:143 9c slept:5.6 shoes: VJ Twister (US size 10.5) - 3
I jogged through the Flying Pig model event. I tried to look ahead on each leg. The green forest made it hard to keep moving. I apparently pulled a (left) gluteus muscle while sitting on the plane last night, and it hurt a little while I ran.
Warm-up run to the start of the Flying Pig middle distance WRE. My legs are still sore from Tuesday's interval workout, probably especially the 4 x 200m, but otherwise I felt good.
Orienteering race 35:17*** 5.3 km (6:39 / km) +200m5:36 / km spiked:23/26c shoes: VJ Twister (US size 10.5) - 3
I had a good run in the Flying Pig middle distance race. I managed to always look ahead and at least know my approximate exit direction, and the forest was less green than the model event was, so I was able to keep moving pretty well. I also think I picked sensible routes, although the route choices didn't seem too difficult. Things often seem easy when I have a good run.
I had one 15-second mistake, and just some small stuff besides that. My leg turnover felt somewhat slow, but I otherwise felt strong and was able to run up most of the hills, except when the mud was too slippery. The running was mostly slow due to the wet ground.
I placed second to William Hawkins, who still beat me by 18 seconds after skating around the course in Converse Chuck Taylors, or something like that. His orthotics don't fit into O shoes.
After the run, an upper left calf muscle (just below the knee joint) was pretty sore, so I guess I strained it somewhere on the course. I hope it recovers some before tomorrow's sprint races.
1 William Hawkins 77 CSU - 34:59 AUS25
2 Eric Bone 74 COC - 35:17 USA11
3 Mike Smith 76 Falcon - 36:21 CAN15
4 Hans Fransson 72 GHO - 37:36 CAN5
5 Sergey Velichko 62 CTOC - 37:43 USA37
6 Maricel Olaru 78 CAOC - 38:14 ROU31
7 Nikolay Nachev 77 COC - 38:40 USA174
8 Margus Hallik 78 OOC - 39:00 EST80
9 Jon Torrance 71 OOC - 39:05 CAN70
10 Sergei Zhyk 79 DVOA - 39:21 USA111
I ran from the car to the airport and in the terminal with my luggage. I felt surprisingly good while running with my bags, an act that usually feels clumsy and difficult. I took this as a good sign for the weekend's races. After feeling fine yesterday, my legs were somewhat sore from Tuesday's intervals.
I had a long layover, so I left my backpack with a luggage service company and ran from the terminal at PDX (Portland, Oregon airport), along the grassy and planted margins of the adjacent roads. My legs felt good, although with some continued soreness from Tuesday. My route.
Orienteering32:27  *** 5.2 km (6:14 / km) +40m6:01 / km ahr:130 max:147 19c slept:14.7 shoes: Brooks Adrenaline - 1
I ran a course I sketched out at Magnuson Park, starting and finishing in front of the office, as usual. The course was designed to afford dry feet, so it was mostly on roads, open areas and major trails.