Orienteering race (Ultra long) 1:45:05**** 12.5 km (8:24 / km) +225m7:43 / km spiked:12/13c
Interesting race and not really my idea of O fun, especially given the steady downpour of rain throughout run. However it was an interesting course with route choice and technical challenges. Was first through the first water stop about 40% in having executed well, then dropped 9 mins on #6 due to a combination of drifting left offline and a poor route choice for a small point feature in the middle of a pretty flat and featureless area. Saw Rick B ahead at that point and traded places with Walter S a few times- everyone taking slightly different macro/micro route . 7-8 was flaky - good route choice to trails but poor exit. Closed the door on Rick at control 10 and was picking up speed over the last third of the course, so pacing early seemed to give me plenty of legs. Started to close gap (based on splits compare) on PG who got ahead at 6, finishing about 2 mins behind, however Dave C furnished 10 mins ahead. So about 12 mins dropped altogether and for a race this length (SL = 9.5) pretty good for me! Overall an enjoyable experience. So retained M55 title from last year in UL and night O (plus golds in sprint format with silvers in the mid and long disciplines and bronzes in the classic).
Left foot has started to play up- arch pain brought on from sprint spikes and now a touch of PF. Held up OK through the we racing, but heel not happy now. So will institute a program of night splint and stretching. Track season pending:-(
On other bad news front lost an expensive progressive lens ($200) due to glasses fogging and the. Getting ripped from my neck by some errant briar. Sucks! Fortunately had spares so I could drive to CVG ok.
On the good news front, had a thoroughly pleasant time with PG, rooming and food and good conversation. Thanks Peter! Plus last nights team social was very well done, so good vibes and memories from the weekend.
Oops got a plane to board!