orienteer 1:59:59  *** 10.0 km (12:00 / km)
Sometimes this sport makes us do crazy things. Last weekend, there was this mass hysteria event on the east coast. And today I went orienteering at SMP. Why? Because I needed two more hours of training this week, I wanted to orienteer, and they're predicting 3-5 inches of snow tonight. So, I decided to run my 10K SMP winter test loop for the first time.
So, what so crazy about that? The course has several long legs through open areas, or along roads. So? When I left the house, it was 34 degrees and cloudy. When I started the course, it was 34 degrees and raining. The temp dropped throughout the run, so by the middle of the course it was a mixture of rain and sleet. Not fun weather if you plan long legs across open fields. You know it is a bad day when you have to use your map to protect your face from the stinging sleet. I wasn't completely prepared for the dropping temps, either; my hands got cold towards the end. What luck we didn't have this weather at the Possum Trot!
I got really tired towards the end, made some sloppy mistakes, but hit my target of two hours. The best part of the day was the stare down with a beautiful buck near C3. He let me pass within 20 feet of him, but he was thinking "I dare you; I dare you to try to get closer". He never moved a muscle. The second best part of the day was getting into the car at the end.
Time lost 0.0% Consistency 15.8%