Orienteering race 1:31:01  *** 6.6 km (13:47 / km) +295m 11:16 / km
ahr:183 max:191 16c shoes: Integrators (orange)
GNC Day 1 Red
Let's start with the positives. For the first 13 controls (there were 16) I did well with maintaining focus, having a plan, and executing. It was really pretty satisfactory. A few route choices that perhaps were not optimal physically, but that's okay because I did them to be safer. I was better than usual about looking ahead and anticipating, as well as keeping focus. If I started to think about anything except the current leg I was able to get right back to it. Most of the time the stray thoughts were, "Where the hell did these hills come from?" I also never looked at my watch, which I think is a good indicator that I'm not thinking about things I shouldn't be thinking about. I was not 100% focused, but getting better.
I also found that I had two legs that were very similar to ones I'd drawn while I was doing map study. There might have been more, but there were two that jumped out at me as I got to them and I said, "oh yeah, I'll do it like this!" and it worked great - no hesitations. That was neat.
Right, so most of the course was good. Not zippy, but doing what I planned to do. Then came the end, with three controls in (finally) flatter terrain. I guess I just shut off my brain, thinking these last few would be no-brainers, which is an utterly absurd thing to do. On the way to 14 I just sort of ran, with no plan, abandoning my good work so far, and ended up in a vague area with no clue where I was. I took a ~350m leg and turned into a 12.5 minute adventure. The worst part is that I found myself at a feature about 100m right of the control and should have easily hit the control from there, but that's just when it got started. I think what happened was that I eyed a hill in the distance that I thought was the one by my control, but it was actually a couple hundred meters away... on the egde of the map. Not good. Very frustrating. You can bet I'll be concentrating at the end of tomorrow's course.
My legs are fried. I guess running around in the foothills does not make me a pro at hills. Tomorrow will be rough! But at least I'll have plenty of time to think...
Pavlina in ~69, didn't see the rest.
Orienteering race 24:50  *** 2.3 km (10:48 / km)
ahr:179 max:188 12c shoes: Integrators (orange)
"Ran" the sprint on close to a full stomach :-) It was a nice course, I wish I'd had the energy to run it hard. I wasn't exactly jogging, I was sort of alternating walking with bouts of level 3 running, which I guess averages out to jogging. Hesitated or bobbled 3 or 4 controls. I think I was nervous about running wildly after this morning's escapade.