rogaine11:27:41 21.74 mi (31:38 / mi) +878m28:06 / mi ahr:110 max:167
12 hours was the right choice. It was hard work near the end to keep moving but I did and I'm not feeling too bad the day after other than really tired. So now I know I can go almost 12 hours and over 20 miles.
Meg was a great partner. She's in great shape and plowed through the crappy vegetation like a champ, generally giving me someone to follow and try to keep up with. She paid attention to the map and navigated well.
I think we had a decent plan; lots of options for dropping or adding controls. We mostly dropped - of course - but were happy that we got back to the finish around 11 and didn't go for one last control which might have made us have to hurry. I didn't think hurrying was an option, so we decided we were happy with we had done. We stopped at our cars on the way to the finish - we parked a good distance away - to get into comfortable shoes and drop our packs and stuff, and then I stood at the finish for a long time before seeing the actual finish control to punch (there was epunching) so the time is a little longer than our actual time on the course.
Our route was fine I think - we spent a lot of time on trails and roads making quick detours (well not so quick in a few places) into the woods and back out. The woods were very nice in a few places but mostly very thick and slow with lots of deadfall and ferns and prickers.
We got every control we tried but were a little sloppy on a couple and really, really sloppy on one. Most of the time I could figure out what we had done wrong and correct and we didn't lose a lot fo time, but one had me totally flummoxed since we had wanted to be traveling SE to a trail but when I checked my compass we were headed N. This made no sense to me, I could not figure out what we had managed to do. We had left a trail at a sharp bend and knew where we were but missed the control on our first try. On our way back to try again we spotted the reflector and got the control then headed back to the trail. But because we got to the control in a circuitous way, perhaps we weren't careful enough about direction when we left although the track shows us going in the right direction. But at some point I looked at my compass and said somethings not right - we're headed N! We tried to piece together what must have happened but I couldn't get it to make sense. Eventually I said it doesn't matter where we are or what we did, even though it feels like the completely wrong way, we believe the compass and go south until we hit the road and if we get stuck in bad crap so be it. Once we got going, we hit a dry stream bed; I guessed where we were and led us to the trail. It was the first real night control and I was really tired; I expect we just went in a bit of a small circle without realizing it.
Needing glasses to read the map was just one too many things to be juggling at night (hiking pole, flashlight, compass, map) and it was a pain to keep stopping to put them on to read the map and then take them off in order to not trip and fall. They were on a cord around my neck so not a big deal, but it required stopping and I like to keep moving. I need to work on a better system if I'm going to keep doing these. My contacts did not work well enough to not use reading glasses.
I haven't seen results but I think we were the only female vet 12 hour team so we won that category. :)
Sprint at SCEE. Really fun course with lots of route choice. I know I didn't take the best route 5 to 6; should have turned around and taken the left hand route around since it was all a gradual downhill in that direction as opposed to the right hand route which was about the same distance but was more up and down. The other routes were fine I think.
I overdid it a bit on Tuesday doing some yard work and my lower back and butt are really sore but not injured. I jogged some of the sprint and it didn't seem to make anything worse but I've decided to take it easy the rest of the week before the rogaine on Saturday.