orienteering 1:53:11  *** 14.0 km (8:05 / km) +520m 6:49 / km
My first Billygoat race. It was tough but fun! Great course by Head Goat Joe!
We were running fast in the beginning, I was in a big group that skipped #14. Had a bad side stitch pain during the trail run to 15, was putting pressure on the right side of my stomach with the right hand and switched the compass to the left hand so I could squeeze it. Fortunately 15 & 16 were uphill, we slowed down and the pain lightened. Boris joined us at #17. Did some unnecessary hill-climbing going to 18. 18 was the food & drinks station and I opened the gel I brought, had some, but it was so awful I had to spit it out (never tried gel before).. drank some Gatorade that Lyn handed me instead. Did the butterfly loops in a group with Boris, Vadim, Sergiy, Ali, Carl & Giacomo. We lost Ali on the way to 28 but she was with us again by #30. Going to 31 we split just before the control: Boris, Carl, Giacomo and I went too much to the right and we lost Vadim, Sergiy & Ali. On the long trail run from 32 to 33 my side stitch pain came back and it was hard to run. Going in to 33 we met Ali, Vadim & Sergiy. No way we would be able to catch them. Felt out of energy for the last couple of controls and into the finish.
orienteering 20:00  ***
Picked up 24, 25, 5+ water, 4 & 3. Felt like hard work even if I was just walking in my rain boots.