QOC Local Event, Balls Bluff
I went orienteering!
I wanted to do another test of my back and see how it holds up while orienteering. I also wanted to do this dog-free so I can actually remember how to properly orienteer at a moderate-to-hard effort.
I wanted to run for about an hour, so I decided to try the Red course, with a promise to myself that I would stop if things were hurting a lot.
I ended up running the whole course and really enjoying myself. I thought that Daniel Heimgartner, the course setter, made great use of the area with a couple of nice route choice legs and a number of shorter, change of pace, legs thrown in. Orienteering felt good in these wide-open woods, though I still managed to lose about 30 seconds on the way to 13 after eating a Gu - classic Boris mistake.
Fitness-wise, I felt better than expected, given my lack of running. My back was somewhat sore from about 25 minutes on, but it never got bad. This seems like progress, though there is clearly still a long way to go, since the goal is to get through the entire course pain-free. Still, it's been 6 months since my surgery, and I am still improving and working hard to regain strength and balance.
I ended up 3rd on the day, about 7 minutes (1 min/km) behind Jon T, and a bit over 3 minutes behind Kenny, most of which came in the second half of the course. Something to build on.
My routes: http://qocweb.org/routes/cgi-bin/reitti.pl?act=map...