Running warm up/down (terrain) 5:00 
shoes: Integrators (orange)
Warming up before the first sprint. Not as much of a warm up as perhaps I should have had. :-)
Trip to CT was uneventful but long. Oh, actually, the was one thing worth mentioning, that being that Ralph Nader was on our flight to BDL. At least, I'm pretty sure it was him. He was sitting in a very safe row (the final clue) reading the Wall Street Journal and making notes on it. When we landed he ran off before I had a chance to get a closer look or attempt to talk to him.
Orienteering race 22:00  *** 2.22 km (9:55 / km) +51m 8:53 / km
15c shoes: Integrators (orange)
First sprint of the sprint series final. Pretty much a disaster for me, not one big goof but lots of big (in sprint terms) mistakes.
I was pretty confused on the first control, I had a lot of trouble adjusting to the scale. At least I didn't blow by it, it just took me a long time - the person who started 30s behind me caught me, and it probably should have taken more than a minute. Then, on the way to two I was stung twice by whatever it was out there (bees? wasps?) that was doing all the stinging. I wish I could blame the stings on my lack of concentration for 2 (I missed a trail junction) but really I just wasn't reading the map well.
Managed okay on 3, 4, and 5 but made up for it by totally blowing by 6 and taking a while to realize where I was. Serious scale issues, which continued into 7. Got it together for basically the rest of the course, but that doesn't mean it felt great - just adequate.
Orienteering race 18:55  *** 2.33 km (8:07 / km) +52m 7:18 / km
13c shoes: Integrators (orange)
Second sprint, which went much, much better than the first. I was into the map and the scale and the running was faster with more open woods. Bobbled the first one and ran fine from there.
Orienteering race 20:38  *** 3.15 km (6:33 / km) +33m 6:13 / km
21c shoes: Integrators (orange)
"All comers" sprint final. I didn't have enough points to run in the 6-woman final (I only had 3 sprints going into today) but I definitely didn't want to miss out on this course, especially after watching the top men and women. (Okay, so I had a slight advantage because of that :-).
This went quite well, though of course it was the fastest of the three courses. I was a little confused on 17 (the first of the last loop), not realizing that the control was *in* the green stuff (like the files *in the computer*).
The most excellent announcer didn't seem to like my shoe but claimed that my time would have been fast enough for 4th in the actual final, which is nice to know. Next time I'll need to have the full set of sprints so that I can actually run the real final!