Orienteering race (Team trials sprint red) 20:41  2.5 km (8:16 / km)
shoes: Pro Grid 7
Really encouraging day, quite pleased. Met all my goals. Stayed in front of Jeff (which probably means he just wasn't trying very hard), didn't get lost, walked much less than I thought I would, and the finish shute was still there when I arrived. Unfortunately all of this led to my first ever DSQ!
First, because Jeff hadn't passed me yet, I felt compelled to actually, you know, *sprint* from the go control. And not having done that, meaning sprint, in I don't know, 10 years, must have been a shock to my old brain.
Presumably the finish shute appeared much sooner than the old brain could process ... and I missed it. Yup, entirely missed the entrance, which quickly had me 20m from the finish tent but on the wrong side of a hedge.
Now normally this wouldn't have been a big deal. I would have stopped, laughed, checked my map, figured it out, and gone back to the entrance. But not today. That hedge was a sad little thing, and I was running well, and I knew Charley and Jeff were just behind me, and I remembered seeing one of the elites jump this little hedge earlier, and before I knew it I was air borne, just as I heard someone shout "NOoooo, don't do it!". Yup, before I hit the ground I already knew what color that stupid little hedge was going to be on the map ... olive green. Rats.
The wonderful thing, though, is that I had a great time. So glad I went. Loved the chance to experience the fancy start bar with personally handed map, and the touchless controls, and see the elites show their stuff.