Orienteering race 2:23:01*** 14.32 km (9:59 / km) +482m8:33 / km ahr:141 max:163 spiked:22/24c shoes: VJ Falcons 8
Billy goat XL on Blue Mountain. Great course by Joe B. Low 50s, overcast at the start and some rain during the race. 11.3km straightline without skipping.
Followed the crowd to the right out of the start and then tried to keep Kristin and Bridget Hall in sight as long as I could (successfully through about control 8). A bit of wandering around at control 7 with quite a crowd. Still with people at 9 but then heading to 10 took the road west, big trail across the pipeline, thru the woods to pick up the trail and around the lake to the left. Arrived at 10 just after Alex J which led me to believe that I had made a substantial gain on the Kristin pack (Alex had lost time on the leg, however I think I did get ahead of a few people there). All alone from that point through the spectator leg and had to navigate for myself for the rest of the course. OK for 11 through 16, skipped 17 and was just behind J-J coming into 19. Took the right route to 20, which worked well. Navigated fine to the big marsh 2/3 of the way to 21 but then didn’t see the small trail to the north which I should've taken to the big trail. Worked my way out to the big trail, didn’t know exactly where I was on the trail and watched 5 or 6 people go by on their way to 21 while I tried to figure it out (it didn’t dawn on me to just follow them - d’oh). Lost about 8 minutes and several places on the leg. Fine to 22 and then trail run all the way to 23 left (including out to the pipeline rather than risk a shortcut through the woods). Reverse of my route from 19-20 to get to 24, which wasn’t as far up as I expected. One of the Lyons boys came into 24 just after me and I immediately conceded another place since there was no way I was going to race him to the finish. Sprinted down the finish chute with a couple of Pygmy Goat finishers. 48th overall in the BG, 24th shirt.
Thanks to Joe, Geoff and the rest of the crew for making another fine Billygoat happen.