Orienteering (Foot) 3:14:46  14.5 km (13:26 / km) +530m 11:21 / km
OCIN A-Meet US Ultra-Long Championships at East Fork Park, near Batavia, OH. I stuck with running the Red course despite more aching in my calf and the start of a cold. Before the race the rains were falling and I got soaked as well as cold. I knew it'd be a long day when I started off falling behind in the mass start while still on the road. The uneven terrain was hard on my calf and I had trouble reading the map with the rain. To make matters worse, I made an error going to the right on #1. The worst was going for the trail route to the right on the way to #7 but missing the trail and finding myself crossing deep reentrants and finding my way around. I lost a lot of time. I did end up running with Peter Wentzel for several legs. We weren't trying to run together initially but between my mistakes an his runnig a little slower we settled in together. We both made another mistake going to #11. It wasn't until after #17 that we split again. I ran faster then made a terrible error running up along the wrong reentrant to #18. I caught him at #19 then moved out well toward #20. I finally caught Peggy at the creek crossing before #20 and got ahead. A slight error along with Carol Cross let Peggy get ahead by a few seconds. When leaving, I jumped over the top of a reentrant. I was planning a fast escape from both Peggy and Carol but the slope and my landing did my calf in--I'd pulled something and was left limping the rest of the way instead of just moving in restricted movement. Carol and Peggy beat me in. It wasn't until the next day at home when Peggy told me enough people had dropped out or didn't start that I got second in M45+. I was a full hour behind first and really orienteered poorly this day. I ran over 13.1 miles.