Middle distance Canadian champs, just NE of Rawdon, 1 hour NE of Montreal. Technically challenging but fun course, and terrain was challenging too especially controls 11-15, very rocky and dense and including a 50-60m or so climb up to 11 that just sucked the energy out of me. But most of all it was HOT, pushing 90 degrees, and I don't do well over 75 degrees at all...navigation on the first half of the course was pretty good, spiked pretty much everything. But starting with 11 my brain turned to hot soggy porridge and my concentration just went out the window, lost about 7 mins between 11 and 17.
Surprisingly placed 4th in M45 and on the Middle 9 course, so clearly I was not the only one struggling...
AP reports only 4 minutes lost which optimistic. Looking at splits, lost 5 mins on 11, 2 on 14, and 1 on 17 (more on that later!). Plus a few small wobbles. 8 mins total.
Slight wobble on 1, 30s, otherwise clean until 11.
By the time I had climbed the 40 meters to 11, I was exhausted and not thinking straight. Lost track of where I climbed up and walked around slowly for a good while trying to relocate.
Bad luck on 14, must have passed within 5 meters of the control at the outset. 2 minutes to circle around.
The last control 17 was just silly. I started running down the field until I thought I realized I had read the map wrong. Doubled back, only to realize that I didn't like the idea of crossing the green and the stream, so ran down the field again. 1 minute.
Think I got mild heat stroke, which explains 17 et al. Was far more exhausted than usual after the race. Ate dinner - two bowls of pasta to carb up for the Long tomorrow - then fell asleep at 8pm and slept 11 hours.
Maps and GPS:http://www.oxenstierna.com/davidoxenstierna/orient...