OCIN Event (Sprints) - Fort St. Clair, Eaton, Ohio.
It's a beautiful mid-summer day, with temperature around mid 80s when we started. It may have been humid but I didn't feel it while in the shade most of the day.
The double-header sprint was part of the Sprints Series
, my 6th and 7th such race this year. The course setter was Jon Rauschenbach. The map was 1:5000, with 3m contours.
There's a good mixture of white forest and open fields for the courses to run through. I was pleasantly surprised the woods was so runnable at this time of the year. The only annoyance were the spider webs. I probably ran into a good dozen or two of them out there!
Overall, I had a good day, running fairly clean while also running fast. It's a rare combination for me, as I've been struggling to find that optimal orienteering speed. Today it worked out pretty well. Although the courses weren't all that technical, it was good to practice having successes on the course. :)
Running warm up/down (Road) 10:00  1.25 mi (8:00 / mi)
slept:2.5 shoes: Asics Gel Cumulus VII
Warm up jog before the sprints.
Orienteering race (Club Meet - Sprint) 17:13  *** 2.6 km (6:37 / km)
spiked:8/11c shoes: Silva O' Spikes (Rubber)
Sprint #1 - 2.25km, 11 controls, Climb unknown.
I had an okay run with one major mistake (11), a couple minor ones (1, 8), and a bit of hesitation to 7. I tried my best at having a good flow in and out of controls by reading ahead and knowing which way to exit after punching. My running speed was good in the open, but slowed considerably in the forest portions of the course. I ended up second but still about 2.5 minutes behind John Fredrikson.
Orienteering race (Club Meet - Sprint) 13:33  *** 2.75 km (4:56 / km)
spiked:10/11c shoes: Silva O' Spikes (Rubber)
Sprint #2 - 2.35km, 11 controls, Climb unknown.
After a little rest and discussion with Steve and Mike about our first sprint, I went out on the second course. This time I faired much better, limiting my mistakes to only one control (#3). There I made a left turn on the trail to the stream too soon, losing about 55s as a result. However, from that point onwards, it was the cleanest I've ever orienteered while running at higher speed. As a result, I posted my fastest per km time! I came in second again to John, which was expected. This time though the differential was only 54s, which essentially was my boom on #3.
My flow in and out of controls was even better than Sprint #1, perhaps aided by my familiarity of the area the second time around. It was a nice smooth feeling out there. I guess that's what good orienteering feels like. Somehow I need to find a way to bottle that sensation and try to reproduce it time and again in the future.
Orienteering warm up/down (Club Meet - Sprint) 12:01  *** 2.14 km (5:37 / km)
spiked:6/8c shoes: Silva O' Spikes (Rubber)
White - 2km, 8 controls, Climb unknown.
Ran it just for extra practice and a warm down. Concentration wasn't quite where it needed to be. As a result I overran #1 and misread the map at #5 (ran to the depression in the white forest east of 5 instead of going along the edge of the rough open).
Stretching warm up/down 10:00 
Stretching the legs before and inbetween sprints.
Today is the first serious test for my injured groin. After running 3 courses on varied terrains, and having a couple near-full sprints, I'd say the groin came through with flying colors. It's held up real nicely. Even still, I know it's not fully back 100% yet, because it's a bit sore after I unleashed a final kick from the go control of Sprint 2. I'm just happy to see it progressing. :)