Bicycle 48:02  10.3 mi (4:40 / mi) +80m 4:33 / mi
It took me 50 minutes to bike to Cat Rock from Cambridge. It took the Bermans 50 minutes to drive; but with the traffic I think it would have taken me longer. This is all well and good, but it was a pretty shitty/awesome ride. I had fun and all, and didn't die, but here's what happened:
1. On Putnam, some asshole doctor (or a guy in scrubs driving a Mercedes) in a Benz honked at me, passed me, cut in front of me, and then hit a red light. I gave him a piece of my mind. Should have gotten his license plate and called around to hospitals to have his boss remind him that the Hippocratic Oath involves "doing no harm."
2. It took me 5 or 6 minutes to bike out of Cambridge. It would have taken 30 minutes in a car.
3. Then there was just traffic everywhere. The only straight-ish way to get to Cat Rock is via Route 20 and 117. Last year I biked from work out Comm Ave and it was 5 miles further, but didn't take that long.
4. So traffic. I hit every. Single. Light. At one point I missed a light, then went 50 feet and missed another. Lots of time standing around.
5. Last year I had a sea breeze pushing me west and averaged nearly 17 mph. This year, I was going in to a 30 mph headwind and averaged less than 13.
But enough bellyaching, I got to ride bikes! I probably should/could have taken the train, but whatever (I did that on the way back after pretty much bonking a mile in to the ride. I just went back to the station and paid the T my money. Also it was going to be dark and I'd forgotten a headlamp.)
Orienteering race (Park-O) 27:08  2.3 mi (11:48 / mi) +50m 11:03 / mi
So I felt pretty good about this Park-O! Last year I was 158% of the winner (Brendan) on this course, and 121% of Ed; this year I was 141% (Brendan again) and 105%. I made a lot of small errors, but had no major blunders. Last year I wandered around the woods for a while looking for the second control. Not this time!
Also cool were e-punching. I missed last week's event that was pushed to Tuesday so this was my first real e-punching Park-o. It's so much fun to have splits data. So much!
Anyhow, after riding bikes, I made didn't really warm up as much as just running in to the woods to take a pee. I changed to a non-sweaty shirt (good thinking) and then was off running. Well, I stopped to stop and clear and start my Strava.
Let's talk controls:
1- I took the path but was a little unsure of the control, so slowed down.
2- Spiked easily, right on the trail and not much route choice. Woods were somewhat slow going, and the trails are good, fast running. Although I may have missed a route choice going up the trail.
3- Didn't spike. I took the trail to the wall and then around a bit because of dense woods. I found the control but not straightly.
4- I found the control very well navigationally, but flubbed the route choice, going around to the right rather than north through the woods, which I somehow read as being longer than they were.
5- I navigated very well, but slowly. Spike?
6- Lost a lot of time navigating. Need to get better at this.
7- Good choice, overran a bit but navigated well based on features.
8- Second fastest time on this one! I scampered up and then took the right side of the ridge which was more open, then ran straight to the control. Still lost a ton of time to Brendan, but to no one else!
9- Lost some time with hesitating at the trail.
10- Lost some time here with a bad attack point and then a bad route off the attack point but it did point me at the control side of the feature.
11- Spiked this. Plotted a route, ran uphill. Legs felt a little heavy. But followed the wall right to the control.
12- Good to spike the last control, too. I went right down the ski slope, then cut back across to the reentrant. A longer route, but didn't lose any time.
Then to the finish. Apparently there was a ton of poison ivy, but I didn't see it. We'll see how my immunity holds up this time (I've only once gotten it, and a tiny patch when my mom and sister were itching all over, and that was poison oak out west). I was wearing pants, thank allah.
Then I went to bike home, biked a mile and a half, realized it was getting dark, biking through Waltham sucks, and the train was 8 minutes away. And took the train.