Orienteering 1:55:06  3.05 mi (37:44 / mi)
shoes: inov-8 X-Claw 275
@ Mt. Tom - Holyoke, MA
Because Saturday had me in the woods and Jeremy on a bike, Vince was charged with taking care of Edda at the grandparents' house for most of the day (about 9 hours). We've never before asked him to take care of Edda for more than an hour at a time (enough time for a quick run either outside or to Target) and we had thought of bringing someone with us for the weekend or hiring a Bard student, but it didn't work out. Vince was cheerfully up for caring for Edda (with Kiki and Kappa's help - though they are in their late 70s and can't do much physical care for Edda) and even though I had hoped he'd try both days of the meet, frankly one day was enough for Vince. But I do wish that one day had been Saturday and not Sunday.
Sunday was a miserable day, it's the only kind of weather that I will certainly head inside for a treadmill run. A cold rain is no fun at all. But here we were, Jeremy driving in from Bard in the morning with Vince and Edda.
I had not slept well the night before in the hotel room and I was discouraged from Saturday and I wanted to be home and warm in my bed, but whatever, sometimes one just shows up for no good reason. So off we went. I was not optimistic. I also self-declared a pretty hard 2 hour time limit because I did not want to pull into Rockville past 10 pm.
Really, the rocks are impossible! I was wandering around, looking for the first control, looking all around different rock piles wondering how anything matched with anything else and I bumped into a completely muddy junior who was lost too and whose bib had fallen off and he couldn't manage to pin it back on himself because his fingers were frozen cold. So I helped pin his number back on his muddied shirt and then, I hoped in exchange, he would help me find my first control. This did not happen.
I found a trail and I wandered down it hoping to come to an intersection where I could find myself on the map again and I bumped into Vince who had just started on his course. He was dressed in a full raincoat and sweatshirt as if he was taking the dog for a walk and he looked at me like I'm crazy and kept walking past me and I said - Wait! I'm here right? pointing to a spot on my map and he said - yeah! We exchanged good lucks and kept going our own ways.
I gave up on the first 2, found the 3-5th and then on my way to the 6th, I noticed legs 7-9 and sighed and figured there was no way I was going to manage to go through that complicated mess in any amount of time and planned to cut those out and skip from 6 to 9. I couldn't find the 6th one, but I did bump into another junior who looked at me and asked - you lost? and then he showed me where I was on the map, but really, by then I had had it. I was really cold, my feet were wet, I wanted to be in dry clothes and in the car headed home. For a few minutes, I made a half hearted attempt to find 6 off of the directions I had been given and then headed back home to the car as I was getting on to the 2 hour mark. In the car, I found Jeremy and Vince and Edda all happy and dry and picking out a restaurant to go to before we all headed in our own directions. As we made our way down the mountain, the skies cleared and the sun started to emerge. We had Korean for lunch - hot spicy tofu soup to warm all the parts. Then we said our goodbyes - Jeremy in the minivan with his bike headed to Cape Cod, Vince & Edda and I in the Civic headed back to Maryland.
I thought I might be exhausted on the drive home which would have been terrible, but I was quite alert and we made it home in almost one straight shot listening (to Vince's dismay), my soundtrack the whole way.