Orienteering race (Foot) 21:43  *** 2.9 km (7:29 / km) +89m 6:30 / km
ahr:151 max:163 rhr:57 slept:8.0 weight:175.5lbs
QOC: Lake Fairfax, VA. After Peggy had a go at running, I did the Advanced Sprint 1 course. My warm-up consisted of doing a few figure eights in the cabin. It was about 39F. I planned to use the races today as an interval workout but I wouldn't have done much faster in any case. I'd seen a runner before me walking up a hill toward #1 but when I started, I had trouble locating the start triangle and #1 on the map. I think the line color was too close to the contour color and perhaps too thin for me. I did okay through #5 but on the way to #6, I dropped a bit low about 30m away from the control. I found some extra ditches or at least a longer one than was mapped. The rest were sort of okay but slowish. Climb shown is from my GPS track.
Running warm up/down (Street & Trail) 6:00  0.58 mi (10:21 / mi)
Lake Fairfax, VA. Warm-up jog to the start of the Advanced Sprint 2. I jogged with Dann Quinn and John ____.
Orienteering race (Foot) 24:31  *** 3.0 km (8:10 / km) +120m 6:49 / km
ahr:152 max:165 spiked:10/12c
QOC: Lake Fairfax, VA. While waiting I saw Ted Good then Jon Torrance finish. One adventure racer went out ahead of me on the flat. Ted was encouraging me to go; I expected it to be amusing for him. Dan Quinn was going to start after me but planned to go slow. I went ahead. I made a good choice to #1 but not without first stepping into a icy puddle while reading my map trying to find #1 on the map. I moved okay but on the way to #3, I kept getting a bearing that took me too far to the right. I ran across a reentrant junction and mistook it for one further to the left. This resulted in me stopping one ridge too soon. Not until another slower racer came through and I had checked out the ridge I was on did I realize that I needed to go further. A similar thing happened to me on the way to #7. I ran a good bearing into the woods off the field. My compass was confusing me as I hunted the ridge. After an errant loop, I finally found it. On the way to #8, my bearing was again disagreeing with the valley. I trusted the valley and got there fine. The rest were okay. After stopping, I checked the roads and they seemed to align fine; perhaps it was the bubble that formed in my compass that was throwing me off.
Running warm up/down (Street & Trail) 5:51  0.58 mi (10:05 / mi)
Lake Fairfax, VA. Warm-down jog to the cabin. I again jogged with Dann Quinn (and his dog) and on other racer.
Orienteering race (Foot) 19:54  ** 3.4 km (5:51 / km) +60m 5:23 / km
ahr:154 max:166 spiked:14/15c
QOC: Lake Fairfax, VA. I hadn't planned to go out again for the Beginner Sprint course. Since there was still time to finish the course, since Valerie Meyer informed me that it counted for the Peter Gagarin Sprint Championship Series, and since it'd be a good speed/strength workout, I went ahead. Bjorn Johanson and Andy Britton had just finished and indicated that it was a fast course. The first 3 controls were the reverse of the Advanced 1 course. With the wind at my back, it felt nice however I again had difficulty locating the start on the map and was slow to start. I cruised through things smoothly. I took the road to #7. I cut through the woods to #8 but did it too early, incurring some uneeded climb. On the way to #10, I was getting a bit out of breath and lost concentration. I was confused about which side of the creek that the control was on and went a bit out of the way. From #11 to #12 and #13, I was poking. The wind had picked up and made the climb in the open field harder than I was happy with. I saw both controls from far off. I went around the fences to #14. As for the race, I was pleased that I could still run a decent pace after all the earlier races and big increase in trail running earlier in the week--it was probably the first week with over 40 miles of running since I did a rogaine with Dave Onkst about a year and a half back.