Have you ever tried to do any mental work after a hard physical day like that?
Fantastic, well done!
Not sure about the "with partner that pushed" part, but I'd take a lengthy rogaine over a much shorter duration run any day. I think trying to ride that edge of physical overload is much more painful than trying to optimize flag finding over wildly varied terrain.
Great work, Rob. Just as impressive as Saturday's performance was your dedication and discipline sticking to your training regimen. You're in such killer shape now that you'll need to enter a bunch more endurance events in the near future!
Thanks to each of you!
Dave -- I do hope to keep this going. My memory of my 2006 post-race was that I just didn't hold on through enough of the winter. Recently, I seem to be better at this but exams, weather, and the perniciousness of the February/early March photon-deficiency is still a hurdle. I have a morning class in the spring which is better for me because I am more likely to run late. Orienteering also makes getting very long runs harder to schedule because there is usually an event that would be more fun. Aragorn will not be running track so I may train with him some of the time for motivation.
M_W -- The joy of finding the flags and the greater variability of the terrain provide ways to manage pain. The long runs require more Jedi mind-games; while not fun, it is a challenge in of itself to keep moving the best you can.
dersu -- Thinking after the nausea passes doesn't seem like a problem but I haven't really done the test you suggest. It would be interesting to see which types of thought work and which don't (short-term memory, concentration, well-instilled wrote tasks like arithmetic, activities requiring more creativity...) I know that my memory gets quite poor late during runs (I keep my pace by a running delta from a target pace) and a few miles disappeared in an almost dream-like fashion on Saturday. The euphoric period after the race, maybe 6 h, would be the experiment. After that, exhaustion wins and the day after, I am pretty worthless.