Running 53:02  7.4 mi (7:10 / mi)
shoes: Adidas Trail Shoes
Running on a full stomach and sore legs - one Forest Park loop with Sergei (26:24), then a road loop to Woodhaven Blvd. and back.
So, as everyone is summarizing their 2004 seasons, I will join the club. I raced 51 times this year (just about once a week!), all in North America (10 in Canada.)
This season, like others before it, featured bad moments (running off the map on day 2 at West Point), good moments (winning the relay Champs again), and tragic ones (Gari Williams' passing.)
Here are the high- and low-lights:
Boris' Best 5 races:
1) US Relay Champs leg 3 - definitely the highlight of the orienteering year for me - helping team CSU win the Champs for the 2nd time.
2) WCOC A-Meet Day 1 - my first-ever win of an A-Meet day, albeit by single seconds over John F., Alexei, and Kenny.
3) DVOA A-Meet Day 2 - felt fast and accurate the whole way on a classic-length course at Rockhouse, the site of my almost-disastrous Team Trials race of 2003.
4) US Champs Day 1 - a solid race in the snow of Telemark. Did not freak out after losing a minute or so searching for a dropeed SportIdent.
5) Canadian Champs Day 1 - Wil Smith wagered a beer that he'd beat me. My one solid race that whole week, but it was still fun.
My worst 5 races:
1) Billygoat - Kenny and I boldly skipped an early control, losing the lead pack and trusting each other to navigate. Bad idea.
2) Team Trials Day 2 - One of my O-shoes fell apart the day before, so I "ran" the 15 km in a brand new pair, getting bad blisters halfway through. Add to that being slow and stupid, and you have a pretty bad race.
3) Highlander - Injured ankle, DNF.
4) West Point Day 2 - ran off the map in the middle of a solid race. Oops.
5) Canadian Champs Day 2 - Injured back, DNF. First year of multiple DNFs. Hopefully last.
My list of this year's most fun events is already up on the discussion page, but I would like to add the Beer Chase/Culvert Crawl at the 1000-day to that list.
There have been no events that I can think of that would make the "least fun event" list, which is a fantastic sign!
Here's to a great O-year 2005!