Orienteering race 40:22 7.77 km (5:12 / km) +291m4:23 / km ahr:110 max:169 shoes: O-Icebug - Blk Spirit II OLX 3
Beautiful park. Pushing reasonably hard, not so much to wear out for the UltraLong, and reasonably clean - but wasn't nearly enough for the field today.
Looking at route gadget, it looks like, in addition to my 1 minute error, I was slowish in the middle - I think I may have lost focus w.r.t. pushing hard - both navigationally confidence related, and running hard. It also looks like Sam & Andis are both quite fast - just a bit more trouble than the rest of us.
Running warm up/down 6:11 0.51 km (12:13 / km) +42m8:38 / km ahr:131 max:161 shoes: O-Inov8 Oroc 340
Orienteering race 1:12:51 10.08 km (7:14 / km) +310m6:16 / km ahr:137 max:169 shoes: O-Inov8 Oroc 340
Night O' Champion, M40. Won Red overall. Pace was okay for 4th M21, so M40 was a good choice. :)
Wanted to take it easy and navigate well, resting up for the daytime events I like more. Tried some pen-lights tied & taped to the shoes as well as the headlamp - it worked great until I tripped over stuff, and then were dangling around... Even so, I'd do it again (perhaps duct-taping more strongly) if the terrain is similarly open.
Orienteering race 57:13 7.39 km (7:44 / km) +193m6:51 / km ahr:166 max:176 shoes: O-Icebug - Blk Spirit II OLX 3
Mid-Atlantic Champs Red (no Blue), chasing Vadim with a 2.5 min. head start. Saw him perhaps 45 sec ahead at #2 after he bobbled big, but could not reel him in. Never saw him directly ahead except. at #10 when he was punching it way above me (down on the trail), but probably saw him ~10 times on in/out of control areas, for no more than 5-10 seconds each. HR high aligns with the hard breathing I felt - not sure how much of that was cold-recovery (0-10% I'd guess), nor how much was just Vadim being suprisingly fast these days (esp. vs. me, where I seem to have slowed a few % in the past few months.)
Technically I was semi-clean. Perhaps :30 sec lost wide right on #2, and 1:00 lost in some dark green on the way to 9 - fully dead-stopped and had to back up and find tree branches to throw on the green at to get past it at one point. Maybe :20-30 lost on 12 where I unneccesarily went way around medium green (only the dark was terrible - the rest was normal-late-fall easier-than-mapped.)
Jon T. got me by a sliver, good to see him back in shape. And Ryzhkov was in decent form nearly 15% ahead...
Orienteering race 21:09 3.06 km (6:54 / km) +161m5:28 / km ahr:162 max:174 shoes: O-Icebug - Blk Spirit II OLX 3
Cold not quite fully recovered, so was a bit out of gas for this, and for an unknown reason, my L-IT attachment point (just below the knee, in front/outside) was intermittently sharp-paining me (esp. on the 1st half) - as it had begun to do near the end of the race.
Somewhat strangely, and probably relatedly, because this problem is usually r-side-prevalent in me, but sometimes toggles to the left (due to hip-alignment/running form changes, IMO) - the R-side attachment point is more sore than the L-side this evening - and there is red-mark evidence of blunt force trauma on the R-side. Perhaps I banged that early in the course, compensated, and then overused the L-side. All the more reason to continue the Valerie-Brill-advised strength training that's designed to valuably reduce such asymmetries.
Pretty solid navigation, but was 1.5 min. behind Jon T., and a bit less behind Vadim (who had each other.)
On a positive note - this was still sufficient for the US Relay Championship team (6-pt) of myself, AJ & Angelica (slow w/a rib injury) to with the Mid-Atlantic championships - both in 6pt, and overall, thanks (unfortunately) to a circus of mis-punches...