Orienteering race (middle) 45:25  4.3 km (10:34 / km) +170m 8:49 / km
ahr:177 max:188 slept:5.5
Had a late start today at 10:37am, which, by the time I dillydallied around in the morning, got ready, ran to the start, saw my dad running BACK from the start yelling something about a race number, realized I also didn't have MY number, running back down the hill, then back up, I delayed my start by another 20-25mins. It was a good warmup. or not.
Perhaps due to this pre-start confusion, the brain wasn't really focused at the start line and when I turned the map over I just started running somewhat blindly, at least in the right direction. Stopped running when I felt like I should, then stood around for a bit trying to match things up. NOT the way to start a race. Fortunately I was able to relocate somewhat fast, and the splits show that it wasn't actually THAT slow..which is surprising.
Even after this bobble, I didn't slow myself down and was still was pushing aerobically much harder than I could orienteer. I know I do quite terribly in the heat, and this was standard can't breath, can't run, can't think fuzziness. No HUGE errors, but definitely some poor route choices, and there was often potential for larger mistakes due to not following along with the map or with the compass. I guess I was lucky. Other than the lack of navigational prowess I was just slow, slogging up every small hill and suffering over the top.
I'm going to start running/hiking hills wearing a snowsuit and carrying a 50lb pack. Will that do it??
Running warm up/down 20:00  2.5 km (8:00 / km)
Gah, even the warmup was wicked! 1.5km with 80m climb! (twice!!)
Thanks Dad for running the rest of the way back to the car for my #!