Running warm up/down 10:00  1.67 km (6:00 / km) shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
A mild warmup in the exchange area. Did some lung matrix and leg swings and jogging around, but it was pretty warm and I mostly just wanted to be in the shade.
Orienteering (dust) 50:01**** 5.99 km (8:21 / km) +25m8:11 / km ahr:173 max:195 13c shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
Venla, 3rd leg on NSK2
In the exchange area I headed out a few minutes after Sam and just after NSK1 (Maria) and OUSA (Gina running as Louis Christina). I passed Gina on the way to 1 and said something like, "see you later!" as I passed, which turned out to be true for me but not for her.
I felt good and in control as I got going and then I did the very relay thing of just "running the right way" from the trail, expecting to magically see my control. I didn't see the depression to my left as I expected, which should have tipped me off that I was too far right. I came to a control, obviously not mine, and realized I had no idea where I'd ended up. I was also really surprised to come across a flustered Sam at the same place, who had been looking for her 1 for far longer. We compared maps and realized that we did not have the same forking but since our controls were only 100m apart as long as we found one of them we'd both be ok. We run together towards another control on a giant boulder, where I see that Gina is on her way to number 2 already (oops for me), and where apparently Maria (who had also missed 1) got sight of me. Basically it was a big party around the half dozen controls in that very small area.
Figured out where we were, showed Sam, who concurred, and we were both off to our controls. Phew. Probably lost 3 minutes there.
Hooked in to 2 and then I got into a groove for the next few controls. I kept expecting to either pass Gina or be passed by Sam. It wasn't until after 5 that Sam passed and I never actually saw Gina again. Sam missed 6 by a little bit so I punched there right after her but then after that my body just stopped cooperating with me. It just shut down.
I made it to 7 ok but I didn't understand how. Then to 8 I decided I should definitely, 100%, do doubt about it take the trail around. But then all the women in front of me cut into the forest and I figured there was safety in numbers so I went, too. But I was not able to keep up and I was scared of getting pulled to the wrong forking, and there lots of rocks, so I ended up mostly walking and following along very carefully. I basically fell into the control but I can't say I wasn't a bit lucky. It also took a long time.
The last controls were not that difficult, lots of trails, obvious features, and I sort of tumbled along. No real issues but I just wasn't moving fast and it was really hard to concentrate. Even with the miss on number 1 the first half of my run was ok, placing-wise, but I managed to lose 26 places on the second half. Meanwhile, Sam recovered nicely from her initial mistake and gained basically the same number, so she put *a lot* of people between us from number 6 onwards.
Came into the finish, handed off to Arianna, and saw Gina waving a map frantically for her runner. She stayed just ahead of me the whole way, which means Louise Christina and Cristina Luis are a mere 10 places apart in the results list.
Overall a disappointing outing. The Jukola experience itself was fun, though, as the arena did not feel as suffocattingly crowded as usual (though still annoyingly crowded), and the weather was nice, and I did see some friends (though I seem to have missed a lot of people).
In the gym with Amir. Used a bit less weight on squats and romanian deadlifts to make sure I'm not destroyed for Saturday.
Off to Finland this afternoon.
Orienteering55:25**** 5.38 km (10:18 / km) +57m9:47 / km ahr:145 max:178 2c shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
Arrived in Lahti around 8pm and then it was an immediate turnaround for those of us who wanted to get in a day training. I actually probably wouldn't have gone had I not needed to drive but it's good that I did. It didn't go super great. It was fine at first to keep direction and tick off the depressions but then I tried to go around a big depression and went too far to it's sibling and it wasn't pretty. A lot of tracks go right through the big depressions and that is certainly a much safer strategy so I imagine that's what I'll do while running the third leg on Saturday.
Pleased about two things: first, that my legs feel fine after today's workout, and also to see that MapAnt is available as a background on AP for gps routes in Finland. Makes it really useful for immediately checking out what I did out there.
Been assuming for a long time that I'd get out to Whitehorse for NAOC but it's very expensive (especially since I am not interested in a vacation without the other two!) and we have a bit too much uncertainty about the move and jobs. Big sad face.
The upside is that maybe we'll get to go to Laramie instead!
Orienteering55:49** 7.68 km (7:16 / km) +84m6:54 / km ahr:146 max:167 14c shoes: Kara (Roadclaw 275 V2)
Went out and nabbed the rest of the the Kringsjå map Stolpejakten controls (14) on my way to work. A bit of a sprinty feel to these, with some finer urban stuff around our old stomping grounds and some woodsy controls. Finished running at Forskningsparken where I took the t-bane in, but not before being really confused about a really cheap purchase at the kiosk under the tracks. Also confusing is that in the past 24 hours I've been stopped regularly by Norwegians asking me for directions, probably more times than in the past several months.