Orienteering 1:03:21  *** 6.3 km (10:03 / km)
spiked:15/18c shoes: 200908 Inov8 X-Talon 212
The NEOC Score-O at Mt. Tom, set by Phil Bricker. The course in practice was a red course with 18 controls, with the option of running the course forward or backwards. Most of the runners I surveyed took the same order I did: 8, 15, 18, 17, 14, 16, 13, 12, 7, 6, 11, 10, 9, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Ross and Sam (e.g.) ran it in the other direction.
This was one of my better results at Mt. Tom, though the course did not go into the regions I struggled with at the 2008 NEOC club champs in May 2009. I orienteered well, made good route choices, and executed them without major difficulties. I felt very sluggish going up the hills; I surmise that had I not given blood on Friday, I might have been able to push slightly harder, though that probably would only have made a 1-2 minute difference.
The three controls I did not consider spikes were 17 (I hit about 50 meters too low in the reentrant, 15 sec), 6 (attacked too low, hit some cliffs, 30 s) and 1 (got confused, 2 minutes). I had other bobbles and hesitations, but I did not deviate from my intended routes substantially otherwise.
Leaving control 2, I ran east into the reentrant and up onto the spur with the rock wall. I ran north along that spur, but I just stopped about 70 meters west of the control circle, though my plan had been to veer to the east off the spur. I couldn't make sense of the contours ahead of me; I went west to hit the cliffs on the northern edge of the spur/hill, realized where I was, and pushed to 1. I tripped while at full speed and planted my right hand to catch myself, but I landed on a rather jagged rock and sliced off about 3 cm^2 of skin. It didn't actually hurt much at the time (which sort of worried me), and I finished the course with a rather impressive looking pattern of blood on my hand and arm.
The wound won't need stitches - as of 3 PM, it had stopped bleeding, was slightly swollen, and was just oozing clear fluid. I can type without much difficulty, so I don't expect significant impacts on my lifestyle.
Ross ran in 4720, Joe Brautigam in 54 minutes and some seconds, and I finished third just ahead of some usual suspects.
Running 36:08  6.5 km (5:34 / km)
shoes: 200906 NB MT620 BK
I didn't feel particularly tired, so I decided to go for a low intensity recovery run. I ran my usual street loop at a deliberately relaxed pace (4/4 breathing) while listening to the Wheel of Time.