Orienteering race (New England Challenge) 50:44  5.0 km (10:09 / km)
Overcast, cool, so fine O weather.
Legs tired from yesterday, zero zip/spring, as expected, no biggee.
Waddled my way to 1,2,3 OK, trailing after the crowd, but then totally muffed 4. Even with my new glasses, I struggle to decode a busy map. I didn't see the small trail that leads directly to 4, and so decided to take the bigger trail route left, which would have been not too bad, if I'd actually done that. However, instead of going due west to the trail, I ended up going more NNW through all the green, having no idea where I was. When I did finally pop out on the trail, I was way up to the left of the circle, not that I had any idea. Fortunately I turned right, and to my astonishment there quickly appeared a boulder, with a control, with the number I wanted. Good grief.
So I arrived at 4 completely alone, and trudged off wondering if I'd ever see anyone again. But halfway to 5, Jeff S suddenly appeared, coming down the hill from the left (huh?). Then somewhere between 5 and 6, started to get glimpses of Phil, and Dave Yee. The 4 of us stayed semi-together from 7 to 12. Not as a train mind you, there was plenty of creative route choices going on. Typically Phil and Dave were the pace setters, then Jeff, and then me hanging on.
Leaving 12 I stubbornly decided I just wanted to be different, and decided to bash straight, in the "white" to the right of the line. No idea where the rest went, but we generally arrived at 13 together ... except no sign of Dave.
And so we were 3. Phil and Jeff got ahead of me to 16, but I could still see them. However at 17 seemed they were looking for the cliff on the wrong side of the hill, and that allowed me to catch up. And at 18 they missed left, and I snuck in to punch first.
Leaving 18 I was astonished to almost run into Glen, who must have decided to have a small picnic, and wait for us to arrive. But he quickly broke camp, and so the group was now 4. To 19 I managed to see the small stream on the map, and I think that helped me reach it first. So I put on my best burst of speed to rocket to victory, and then watched as Glen sailed by me effortlessly. Dude has wheels.
Great fun. Thanks Alex. But the most important thing of course, is Phil finished behind me. Tee hee.
Also its time someone asked coach for some verified ID. Dude *crushed* it. Wowser. Nobody gonna believe his alleged age group if he keeps running that fast.