Orienteering13:38 3.2 km (4:16 / km) +50m3:57 / km ahr:169 max:187
SART Round 4.
Led the first couple then lost a couple seconds on both the route choices then just couldn't hold the running at the end. Tied for 6th and missed the final by 3 seconds.
I was a bit disappointed that this one was at this point in the schedule. It was the least navigationally challenging of the weekend as the route choice options were basically identical (two or three steps different maybe). So a bit of a shame that the final was determined purely on running speed. (maybe I'm a little biased too though :p)
Ankle held up, getting reasonably sore though. Hammies quite stiff from yesterday.
Orienteering16:34 3.58 km (4:38 / km) +18m4:31 / km ahr:165 max:188
SART Round 5.
Made a couple bobbles, on #13 and the gardens, but ran it out to win this heat and finish 6th overall. (my time would have put me 5th in the finals anyways), A good technical sprint course was a great way to end it. Tied with Kai Mihata for the best time of 24 seconds on another of Patrick's classic epically long finish sprints.
Overall I'm pleased with this; coming off a fractured ankle and 8 weeks without running I thought I'd be a bit slower but I managed to stay fairly competitive and have mostly pain free fun!
Another excellent SART so a huge thanks to Patrick Nuss and the team from Cascade that puts this on! A favourite every year and certainly didn't disappoint this year.
Also, though I'll never have the predicting prowess of Big Willie Sytlez, I did get the champion correct :D
Orienteering7:26 1.67 km (4:27 / km) +13m4:17 / km
SART TimeTrial. Wasn't sure how the ankle was going to be but went out swinging and it turned out to be fine.
Wasn't prepared for some real sprint navigation on this one so made a few reasonable mistakes. Suppose the time trial is not a gimme anymore. 5th.
Watch's optical heart rate monitor must have been to low or loose; didn't get usable data.
Orienteering16:41 2.98 km (5:36 / km) +57m5:07 / km ahr:146 max:187
SART Round 1. Poor route choice to number 1, and a bit sloppy. Took it slow 'cause it's only round 1. Still 6th overall though, so didn't take it slow enough ;)
Watch data seems more reliable for this one.
Orienteering14:11 3.06 km (4:38 / km) +17m4:31 / km ahr:154 max:188
SART Round 2. Got Unlucky with the trickle down effects of Eric Bone skipping the time trial - meaning I had to race mildly harder on this one and much much harder on the next one than I otherwise would have had to to secure my spots.
Had a navigationally atrocious start to the race but made it up to win the heat and 3rd overall.
Watch data seems good.
Orienteering14:12 3.42 km (4:09 / km) +24m4:01 / km
SART Round 3. The night-O.
Had the fastest heat in the west, with Eric Bone, Eric Jones, and Tori Borish all breathing down my neck as I lead the first 9. Bone and Jones passed me as I made some slight errors on the attack of 9 and on leg 10. Held with them for the rest and passed Eric just on the run in for the fun of it. Won that heat and 2nd overall. Impressed that Thomas L managed to squeak the first place on that course by 6 seconds.
This one really hurt the ankle as a couple times I stepped on things that were too steep or uneven for it.
Update on Graeme's ankle.
New X-ray physio wanted came back with "very subtle linear lucency ..." and "... suggesting healing of a undisplayed hairline fracture". Doctor said it's fine to run unless the pain starts to increase dramatically.
Would have casted me had he caught it 8 weeks ago...
Tried to go swimming. Main pool was closed so just lots of I think 25m lengths. Tried three settings on my watch but couldn't turn off the auto lap detect so I broke the olympic record for 100m breaststroke by supposedly doing 4x25m in like 50secs.
Only did breaststroke as flutter kicks hurt the ankle.