I was really struggling to be up for this race which really surprised me because I had been looking forward to orienteering in this terrain again for a while. I made the decision to drop down to Brown and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed myself but another 2.5k probably would have pushed me over into the "survived" instead of "enjoyed" column.
The course had a lot of trail running as is not inappropriate for a long course. I'm not sure how much route choice there was but there was some.
I flubbed #5 pretty badly losing much more than the 2 minutes AP says I lost - I'm sure it was closer to 5 or even 8 or 9. I went straight and thought I was being careful but apparently not. I kept drifting left and while I recognized that I was I must not have corrected enough given where I was when I knew I was screwed and had to find something I could use to relocate. Luckily the veg boundary of pine trees was visible from quite a ways away and that eventually confirmed that I was as far off as I was beginning to suspect.
I don't think I messed anything else up although I may not have taken the best routes. I just wasn't doing much running, not even on the trails.
Big blunder at 4 and some confusion out of the start. Probably should have taken the around route to 6; spiked the control but it was slow going in the muck. Had trouble staying positive as the rocks were hard to clamber up and down in places but it was a fun course.
Am having second thoughts about running green tomorrow.
Really enjoyed this despite not really loving sprints. Almost messed up 1 but figured it just in time and only lost 10 seconds or so. While that may be a lot for a sprint it's nothing compared to what I give up by not being able to run (well jog really) for more than a minute at a time. Fun course and read ahead pretty well.
training session - got there early and intended to do some stretching but after putting out a map and doing a few I relaxed and almost fell asleep. Luckily Kelly showed up right about then and got me moving.
hard holding the planks at the end - my forearms were sweaty and kept slipping on the mat.
I did do some stretching afterwards.
hiking54:37  2.88 mi (18:58 / mi) +87m17:20 / mi
A great training session; worked me hard but I can feel the improvement.
Didn't stretch and will pay for it later I'm sure. But I'm so sleepy. Drank too much coffee yesterday in order to have an uneventful drive home and then couldn't get to sleep last night. So only got about 4 hours instead of my normal 8.
Very happy with how not sore I am today after the weekend. Knee very stiff both nights but fine the morning after.