Orienteering (Foot) 56:58  *** 5.9 km (9:39 / km) +198m 8:16 / km
BOK: Birkhead Wilderness Classic, US Classic Championships (near Ashboro, NC). For Day 2, I started out running the physical leg fairly straight and hit the control right on. This set up continued success. I knew that I was running stronger than yesterday and leaving even more of the effects of my 50K run last weekend behind me. After passing Peggy and Jim Eagelton after #4, I made a big error. I navigated to probably within 20m of the control but I'd ducked under it. When correcting, I went further down and backward, then off the map. I couldn't make sense of the many ditches and gullies that I was seeing. I went to relocate, and then went to the same spot where I'd initially gone. I just hadn't realized the control was a little higher. In my mind, I was looking for a control near the bottom of a larger reentrant and went there. After wandering and relocating a second time, I found it. It was about an 11 minute error.
After that, I was feeling worn out. Kevin Teschendorf was closing in on me at #6. The flatter ground and a Gu helped me recover and I surprised myself by leaving him behind. I hit controls #7-11 fast and well, passing several people along the way. Of note, I fell on the way to #9 when a vine tripped me up. Catching myself with both hands like I've done hundreds of times before really hurt my right shoulder today--it's been injured for a while and is getting worse; I had to walk a short while after the fall and soon, I'll have to have a doctor check it out for whatever has been happening these last few months.
I was fast to #12 but ended-up low. Peggy was leaving it going past me to #13 as I ran up. On #13, I angled over, then cut back to cross the stream on rocks. Upon climbing the ridge, I was just close enough to look left and see a control next to some open ground. I doubted it was my control because I felt I'd taken a fairly good line toward #13, and the control I saw was well off of it. However, I went to check it out and lost about a minute. Instead of heading toward the trail as did a lot of others, I angled straight toward #14 and hit it well. I ran up the hill to the finish okay, like I still had some energy and that was a good feeling.
Though the result was poor, I can't feel too bad about today. I ran strong and with one break in concentration putting me off the map, an otherwise small error became much larger one. I feel like I'm getting better again. Back in January, I didn't know what to expect for today but overall, the additional training is benefiting me. I know that I didn't expect to be very physically strong in 2.5 months of better training but I'm making good progress toward what I could be later.