Glad I can still motivate you to get off your butt and run hard! Taking two minutes off my last time won't be easy. And I don't feel in any hurry to try. But if I keep training and stay healthy, one day when you least expect it that ball may be yours again :-)
You guys, don't kill each other.
(I like the motivation of competition though! Seems to be working for you.)
peggyd +1! (to both parts)
Actually, if you run the same course more than once, you spend much less time looking at the map (ideally no time at all), so you spend all your time looking at where you are going and where you are putting your feet. Much safer, as I'd bet the majority of falls are when you are looking at the map.
And you also learn where the best micro-routes are to skip the deadfall. So even safer.
So what if it's not really orienteering.... :-)
It's also way safer than doing intervals at the track.
Now, if it would just motivate me to get some better shoes so I had a little grip on the slopes. That would certainly help (time and safety). There was a lot of slipping and sliding when I was at Mt. Tom a couple of weeks ago.
Inov8 is having a sale. Jeff was inquiring about doing a group purchase. Decent price on ORoc 280 v2. I forwarded his email..https://www.inov-8.com/us/sale
argh! My Oroc 340 are the most comfortable pair of O shoes I've ever owned. But try to find any Inov8 shoe suitable for O that comes in a width wider than "1" which is presumably the new "precision".
Mitch, I had the same problem until I discovered they started making a version of the X-Talons for wide feet, a "4". I've really liked them for orienteering when I don't feel the need for metal studs. The model I have now seems to be discontinued, but the newer version is this: https://www.inov-8.com/us/x-talon-255-mens
Inov8 have just released the ORoc 290 Ultra which is "fit scale" 3 (of 5) so an intermediate width with more toe room for longer distances.https://www.inov-8.com/us/oroc-ultra-290-mens
Yay! Thank you. Both of those sound good (except for not having a marked down sale price). Now I have to choose. It was a good thing I grabbed the 340's I have now when they went on what turned out to be the getting-rid-of-remaining-inventory sale. It's been a long wait for a suitable replacement.
Out of curiosity what's your opinion of the X-Talon sticky rubber? With that in play, in what conditions do you opt for going with metal studs?
I also liked the 340's. Got the 280's V2 a couple years ago as the 340's finally gave up the ghost. The X-Talons have good grip and are very light, but don't have the rock plate, so I generally only use them for urban type sprints. Rarely use them in typical New England Terrain. I'm also bummed the new 290 Ultras are full price, holding off for now until my need to get a new pair is greater..
The "sticky rubber" is great – for a week or two. Then it is just plain old rubber. But the lugs of the X-Talons still give excellent grip in soft terrain, and are fine on rock when dry.
Thanks for the feedback. The rock plate is one of the reasons my feet like the 340's so much, so now I know which to choose.