Orienteering 1:45:11  13.5 km (7:47 / km)
Good course, tough race. I had high hopes for this one, especially after a very disappointing showing at WP. My result was ok, but I fell short of my expectations. The plan was to stick with the lead pack and just tough it out till the end. Didn't happen. Right after the first bag Ross set the pace and it felt like we were running a sprint rather than a long course. Up until the seventh control my focus was to not lose sight of Ross and Jordan who were running ahead. Ross pulled away from us on the way to #10 and I was chasing Jordan as hard I could. We caught a glimpse of Ross around #12, but then Jordan and I took different routs to #13 but I arrived there right after him. As soon as I turned around after punching the bag, I saw no sign of Jordan. Started running towards #14, but my legs refused to move. Decided to skip and benefited from the flat trail run to #15. Was alone till the food station, picking my routes carefully and waking up the units.
Then the train arrived consisting of Ross, Jordan, and Robert. I dragged myself behind around the butterfly loops but Ross and Jordan broke away from Robert and me on #28. As pace eased up a bit, my legs began to feel better and I focused on not letting Robert get past me till the very end. I nailed #35 as Robert was taking a bit higher route leaving him with no room to catch me.
Despite coming short on my goals, there were still positive things that I can take away from this race. For one, my legs felt considerably better than at WP, and that's a huge positive for me. Also, I think I picked good routes when I was running on my own and avoided two steep climbs that a lot of people did. So for now, will just focus on getting more training in the future months.