Orienteering race 3:23:27  **** 13.05 km (15:35 / km) +500m 13:05 / km
spiked:19/21c shoes: VJ Integrators #2
Billygoat Run, playing tour guide for Stephen. We had hoped to give him a chance to navigate on a few legs, but the course turned out to be gnarly enough that we never really got an opportunity to do that, although I did have him go out in front a few times on trial runs so that he could set the pace. This course was one of the more challenging ones, and it was right around the limits of his ability, but with some encouragement and a steady supply of stuff to ingest, he soldiered on and made it through with a few minutes to spare. Quite an accomplishment for such a little guy on such a tough course, and I'm very proud of him! One of the mistakes that I made was very minor, just off to one side by 50 m or so and recovered quickly, the other was a little more serious (on a leg that I knew was going to be tricky) and lost us a few minutes. See split comments for more details.
Also ran with a GPS for the first time. It seems to have done a fine job of tracking us, though there were a few little quirks I needed to iron out (I'm using software that I wrote myself to create a KML file to view in Google Earth). For some reason it started a new track after about 160 minutes, but there was no time gap and I was able to concatenate the two files. There are certainly a lot of very small wiggles, which I'll have to ponder in order to decide whether they're real perturbations of my path to get around obstacles, or if it's just noise. (And looking closer, some may be an optical illusion created by the tree trunks that are visible in the satellite photo.)
Right leg got through this with no troubles; still hurts about the same as it did before, so it doesn't seem like I did any significant additional damage.