Orienteering race 26:52  *** 3.22 km (8:21 / km) +51m 7:44 / km
spiked:11/15c shoes: Nike Air Terra Humara
Sprint Series Final A - misses two controls (6 & 7) right in the middle. HAd started off well, and allowed myself to go in "about the right direction" to 6 instead of having a good plan. Final approach to the control suffered as the well and cairn feature were well within a cluster of bushes and not visible from the other side. Left unhappily and allowed that to affect my approach to 7, heading off - believe I misread a stone wall as a path and then failed to recognize the error. Got things back under control on way to 8. Splits will probably show reasonableness except for the 7 minutes of error there.
Orienteering race 22:51  *** 2.33 km (9:48 / km) +52m 8:49 / km
13c shoes: Nike Air Terra Humara
Sprint Series Final B - better relative performance on the second course. Started badly by failing to hold to a good line. Wandered off to the left and followed Mike into 9 - which wasn't a bad thing at that point because I definitely knew where I was and could follow the rockbed down to 1. Probably 2+ minutes of error.
Another slight issue at 3 in that I didn't look cleanly at the map to pick out what was there and what I was going for. Some traffic in the area and I was swayed...
Did well otherwise, and caught a bit of a train through the later parts. Motivated to pass a couple people on the run to the finish.
Orienteering race 19:26  *** 3.15 km (6:10 / km) +33m 5:52 / km
shoes: Nike Air Terra Humara
Sprint Series Final C - variation 2 - Most "fun" of the weekend, and my best performance. Mass start with 6 variations on 3 loops plus a final loop. Wanted to see how I could hang with the group and did so. Sprinted to the electronic timers to get in an early punch and left right in the front to the left set of controls.
First couple controls blurred by and the group thinned a bit at the root cellar and race back to the start. Second leg also quick - I saw enough of the map coming out of the thicket control to say "follow the wall, find it at the end" to do well. Think some others went wide there. Last of the split legs (center) I noticed I was running with JJ Cote and stayed with him through it. Looks like he forgot to account for the last control before heading back to the start and had to come back for it a small amount, and I came up the field behind him still.
Last (common) loop I saw him head into the thicket at 17, but he was gone when I came out after getting the control. I didn't keep enough of an eye on my heading and drifted a little left on the way to 18 - ended up too far down the hill and away from the road. Needed to follow the stone wall back to the road, and know several people passed me on that leg. Trip to 19 was north along the path and then diagonally across the woods. I was fatigued at this point and backed off a tiny bit. After 19 I realized the couple people in front of me were more fatigued and thought I had a chance to catch at least one, but was 3 meters short at the finish.
It showed I could hang for a while and what I need to do to compete at that level. I'm not sure if it's an eyesight thing or an experience thing - I'm not sure when one has time to look at the map without a photographic memory;-)