Orienteering race (SART 4) 16:57  3.26 km (5:12 / km) +67m 4:43 / km
shoes: Inov8 X-Talon 212
This heat would split the 10 of us into 11-15th place and 16-20th place. Looking at the field, there was a slight chance I could move forward, but very small.
Short analysis of why the heck I advanced: I was surprised at how fast I was running and a surprisingly large number (3) of those 10 people mispunched.
I was somehow leading after the first control ( a nice micro route choice beat Kai and I started quickly) but Kai took a better route out of the control so he got a fair bit ahead of me, and Julia was right on my tail due to a hesitation. She passed me at the baseball fields, and my goal after that was to hold on as long as possible.
We lost sight of Kai after 4, but I was still fairly close to Julia (she's really fast, so this was pretty shocking to me). I'd planned what I thought was the best route to 5, but decided if Julia took the other one I'd follower her because they were pretty comparable ( I was only worried about the indistinct trail) That did happen, but it ended up being not too bad. I took a different road route to 7 then her and gained a couple seconds there I think. After that, she pretty much took off and I tried to keep not fall further behind. Only problem after that was a hesitation because the buildings were off the map at 11 but I looked up and saw Julia and Ryan (who was in another heat and we had caught), I tried to push it as much as possible, passed Ryan and felt completely exhausted by the finish which was good.
(also at that point I knew Susan was behind me but wasn't sure about Brett)
The times ended up like:
1 Kai Mihata COC 16:07
2 Julia Doubson BAOC 16:30
3 Emma Sherwood None 16:51
4 Brett Buchholz COC 18:47
Susan Grandjean CROC COC msp 18:02
Pos. Name Club Time
1 Mark Prior SDO 14:35
2 Brian Gruber COC 17:24
3 Carlo Giacometti Gaja 19:16
Tori Borish None msp 15:21
Ott Toomet Ilves msp 16:04
So again, mispunches meant that I would've ended up in 6th but was actually Q2, so that was exciting and meant I would advance to fight for 11-15 in the final.