Orienteering1:21:00 17.15 km (4:43 / km) +193m4:28 / km
US Classic Champs Day 2.
I pushed hard in the beginning. My body asked for special masochistic motivation as I was feeling pretty worn out to keep the pace up in the fast first half of the course. And I got pretty badly tricked. On my way out of #12 I run 30° off for 400m before correcting it (but not noticing that I was running wrong). I continue for about 1km in the right direction but parallel to where I thought I would be, thinking I must be really stupid not to find out where I am. Finally, I am able to relocate, after running blindly for 4 minutes. I am so shocked about my position that I decide to go back to the former control to make sure I punshed the right one. After running back 1km I get confirmed that I had punshed the right #12... and that's how I got to do an extra 2km. I pulled myself again together for the rest of the course, but I was enough tired that I continuously had troubles with the direction... which is anyway very tricky to keep in that terrain.
I will take home another strong memory from that race... it was a tough fight against the terrain and myself... and a very tight fight with Mikell Platt who I beat by ridiculous 6 seconds. What an amazing athlete! Truly an admirable O-cowboy.
Thanks to the RMOC crew for putting up those unique races. I really enjoyed the attractive special terrain, the good course setting and the very familiar race atmosphere.
Ran the Trail O with Matti. I thought it was very cool... but Matti fell asleep. So I continued running until I was just too exhausted. Fortunately Mikell and Sandra joined me to help me pushing Matti around.
Orienteering1:25:11 16.93 km (5:02 / km) +365m4:32 / km
US Classic Champs day #1 in Round Mountain.
Very clean run. Pushed hard and maintained clean orienteering throughout the course. What a cool terrain... technically you always have to be on top of it and physically it is ridiculously hard. You can push 120% the whole way but your mind needs to remain attentive to avoid mistakes (small but also big ones... see day 2...).
100% trails and roads2:47:00  21.14 km (7:54 / km) +2409m5:02 / km
Pikes Peak Ascend. I had about 2hr32 without breaks from the Trail head. Man it is loong and hard! I have definitely even more respect now for the race than before. I felt that the hardest part was between Bare Camp and A-frame. It climbs and climbs, your are already very tired but you are still in the forest and you can't see the summit and your progress.
Driving from Mount massive Trail head to Colorado Springs.
On the way we stop at Round Mountain to do the model event of the Classic Champs. The terrain is that fast that Matti and I punch half the controls with the stroller.
100% trails and roads2:15:00 20.0 km (6:45 / km) +1354m5:03 / km
Ran up Mount Massive. I got so excited that on the final climb I decide to run 2x10min fast. It turned out to be more like a 10min-8min and 6min interval as I lost several times the trail.
This is for sure the first time I have been doing interval training above 4000m altitude.
In my euphoria I crashed pretty hard on my way down... no bad injury though, but I was lucky.