Orienteering1:55:48  13.2 km (8:46 / km) +600m7:09 / km shoes: Inov8 X-Talon 212 2012
Amazing sleep and woke feeling fresh and ready to run.
Sloppy on the first 2 controls, but got my act together and ran well on the first technical section (more awesome white woods and rock detail). Made a 3 minute route choice error on #10 and 30 secs on both #9 and #17 - trouble spotting the feature in the circle. Also lost time on #11 after banging my knee hard and having to walk/hobble for a minute.
Apart from that the race was pretty clean. Then late in the course that I realised I wasn't feeling tired/surprised I hadn't caught anyone having made no real mistakes. Almost on cue Nick Barrable (-9mins), burst past and the penny dropped - I'd been running the race at smt pace (one downside of not having the Garmin HR feedback).
I stick with him for a bit and remember how you should run whilst racing. Finish off the course again with no real dramas, despite 2 massive stacks (one right in front of the camera, which was thankfully offline).
Lack of tiredness/soreness at the end confirms my softness.
Orienteering race 45:50  5.0 km (9:10 / km) shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280
Pretty much the result I expected. Work, drive, sleep, drive, race isn't a winning formula - but you play the hand your dealt.
Mistakes wise, there was 3 x 2minuters and a handful of 15-30 seconders put me well out of contention.
On the plus side, I was really pleased with how strong I felt running in the terrain given limited preparations and the summers KneeGate - just a shame it was often in the wrong direction.
Forgot to tape my laces and spent the entire race doing them up.
Great course - loved running in the white sections of forest.
Orienteering race 5:32:37 44.72 km (7:26 / km) +554m7:00 / km ahr:136 max:168 shoes: NB Minimus MT20
Great Toronto Rogaine with Bender.
Just an awesome, well put together event. The whole time I was racing I just couldn't help to be in awe of how well such a small group of TOC members had done.
Early in the race we both realised we had made a fatal error in not doing it by bike - but made the best of it and pushed hard (for most of the day!).
Got the bulk of the running out early; headed up to Mt. Pleasant Cemetary via the Brickworks, then Sunnybrook Park all the way to Warden Woods - connected by a perfectly timed bus.
More travel between the parks from there on out - Morningside, L'Amoreaux, Bestview and G. Ross with a few jump on and off for photo controls. Then a long subway ride back to the finish, where we scooped up Double_Downon11 and ran the final km back to the park, where Bender treated us to one of the best views of the Toronto skyline.
With a race like this, you're at the mercy of the gods at some point with the public transport, luckily a lot of the luck was mitigated by planner extraordinaire Bender, I was so lucky to have him doing all the brain work on this one - we only once had to wait longer than 5 minutes for a bus or subway and we were always entering and exiting the parks at the best location to pick up our next lift.
The only time the city beat us was with the food. We'd always planned to pick up food at stores when we came across them/when it was convenient and were looking forwards to a McDonalds stop when one appeared to us.
It never did! Whenever we wanted it, it wasn't there - you want a coffee, the Starbucks in on the opposite side of a busy intersection and the next bus is in 3 minutes. 'Convenience' store? No such thing on Sunday.
We ended up taking a special bus trip just to get a McDonalds in one of Benders old hoods before G. Ross!
But, I wouldn't want to do it any other way - such a cool way to see such a rambling, sprawly city. Bender was the perfect team mate for a race like this - I'd never have been able to get around to all those parks in the time we had and finishing off with Cinnabons was the bomb.
Good day. Thanks to TOC again, just excellent.