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activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 2:23:17 11.87(12:04) 19.1(7:30) 575
  Total1 2:23:17 11.87(12:04) 19.1(7:30) 575

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Sunday Sep 20, 2009 #

Orienteering race 2:23:17 [3] **** 19.1 km (7:30 / km) +575m 6:31 / km
shoes: August 2009 Integrators

US Long Course Champs.

No warmup. And that was probably fine.

Not a great race, but these long races are just easier. I was bad or sloppy on a lot of controls, but did a good job of minimizing damage (i.e., keeping mistakes <2 minutes--not a high standard, I guess.) But, I did have a lot of stupid things.

Started off badly on 1. Something didn't seem quite right there. But, as it would turn out, that would be just the beginning of the weirdness.

Many times I felt like I was running through the twilight zone. There were areas clearly not fieldchecked, although it was generally OK at controls.

I had much higher expectations for the map. Also, the terrain, while it got old, with all the pine branches threatening a Martin Johansson, had some interesting stuff. Why do a new map and host a championship on it but cut corners like that? If the map was up to snuff, I would go back there. Now, not really.

On the plus side, the printing was so much better. Ink jet this time. Why the different technology today?

Anyway, physically I was fine. I guess I ran a comfortable pace and never really got tired. But, I guess I could have run harder. Felt fine afterwards and the next day. No real surpise there.

Part 1:

2009 ROC Long O Part 10002

Part 2:

2009 ROC Long O Part 20001


Final thoughts about ROC:

Speed is decent and getting better.
Endurance as usual.
Orienteering continues to be bad.

Course setting good all three events.
Organization and details very good.
Generated excitement for the sprint in an authentic way.
Food and ice cream was a nice touch.
Terrain selection for sprint questionable.
Course printing for middle lacking.
Mapping for long did not meet expectations (but was fair enough, I guess.)

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