Orienteering (laramie daze day 4) 40:17  ** 6.1 km (6:36 / km)
spiked:10/10c slept:7.5 shoes: O: falcons 2012
Another mass start. I thought the map was going to be 1:10,000 but it was 1:15,000. Fortunately Sam Listwak set me straight before the start. Since it was supposed to be an open course I figured I could get away with running without a manifyier.
I had no plan other than don't burn myself out the day before the A meet. First leg was 1.7K. I started off easy but soon started breathing really hard again. The initial leaders drifted right. Then Eric Bone came jogging by. We were following the same route so I mostly just ran his general direction. the other people caught up to me at control 2. There were then people to follow/run with the rest of the course. Leaving three, one person started off in the wrong direction. I realized it and said no, go throught the green to make sure you go the right way. What I didn't realize that the green was also a marsh. I waded through this icky muddy marsh area. Another person followed me cursing the whole way. Everyone else ran around the marsh which made more sense. I still beat them to the control 4 though. I went straight to control 5 and there was a lot of sage which slowed you down considerably. As I approach the control I looked to my left and see everyone else running down the unmarked trail. The rest of the course was open running across the fields. I tried to run evenly but had to walk some and the other people I was with slowly pulled away. Part of the way to the finish was down hill so I actually opened up my stride and ran that part.
Per K time was pretty fast. My legs weren't pushing it but I don't think my lungs could go any faster.
I forgot to wear my heart monitor so don't know how hard I was going.