Orienteering warm up/down 10:00 
shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)
Really light trotting around in the warm-up area with the map. I had a lot of energy this morning, feeling pretty pumped and ready to rock the long. I realized last night that I was totally over my fear and loathing of long courses.
Orienteering race 1:21:58  *** 8.4 km (9:45 / km) +365m 8:01 / km
ahr:181 max:196 spiked:12/18c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)
A really nice day. Felt really good physically and mentally, and managed to stay focused and push through the course. I think the cautious approach from yesterday rubbed off on me, because despite the much higher visibility I didn't hesitate to pick good attackpoints, stick to them, and take the approach into the control as slowly as I needed to. It felt good to keep nailing the controls, and I had good flow transitioning leg to leg.
Had two small errors - not pushing high enough on 5 and pushing too high on 13, but they were little problems and quickly corrected.
Started second, three minutes behind Pavlina, not expecting to see her ahead of me and hoping not to see anyone else behind me. Much to my surprise, saw her popping into the woods across the power line on the way to 8 and I'm pretty sure I did a double take. I probably had some kind of really confused look on my face as I searched my memory to see if I'd maybe skipped a control. Passed her on the way to 9 and didn't see anybody else until Hillary passed me with three controls to go.
A lot of people seemed to really hate the woods today. I can't say it was awesome terrain, but I liked it. I guess I didn't mind the rocky ground, and I thought all the pockets of greener stuff and mish-mash of trails and the section of buildings and streets made it interesting. And often the woods were fun to run through. It probably helps that I was having a good run, and also that I didn't think it was hot. (Wimps.)
Sam at the top again in 69:31... so I'm still a ways back. But third US today was a good reward for a run that felt good.