Orienteering race 1:02:20  **** 5.2 km (11:59 / km) +120m 10:45 / km
NAOC Ottawa: Long- Carp Ridge - hidden Meadow Farm
A dreadful nights sleep. Don't know what I ate for dinner that I deserved this. Major diarrhea! Hardly got any sleep and even debated whether to run. Opted for the Coke trick which worked for the race.
11.00am: Slow and steady to 1, 1-2: went too far right and when hit trail a bit uncertain where I was, opted up hill, relocated and then bobbled a bit in clearings. (Lost a good 1-1.5mins). 2-3: a good long leg which executed well. 3-4: ok including pit stop and saw Ernest Linder pass,so had caught 2 mins on him. 4-5 Ernest got away at control so didn't see him.Trail leg with lots of junctions. Ended up at control circle before Ernst. 5-6: Straight line parallel with Ernst. 6-7: Another trail leg, Ernst got ahead a bit. 7-8: Hesitated on the trails. 8-9: the bad leg: looking back I went more NE than NNE which made me hit a different trail and got really confused with trail junctions. Stopped, tried to work it out a couple of times, then took a risk to follow trail. When crossed stream in clearing realized I was further east than thought, but in a better spot. Up hill and nice wood to power lines and straight forward to control. 9-10: just tried to keep running hard.
Turns out my error/hesitation had cost me about 5 mins over Ernst so he got me by 4 mins. Overall happy with run considering my lousy stomach situation.