Orienteering race 16:48  3.0 km (5:36 / km)
Felt very good, despite a little adventure with our car brakes that made us all a bit nervous. My orienteering clicked and legs felt very light. Enjoyed this one in particular as this was the most technical course among all 3 courses. Stayed ahead for the most of the race, with exeption for booming the very last control, where all 3 of us, Jon, Wil, and me were back together. Saw the boulder fist and spinted to the finish without looking back, this was a really close one.
Orienteering race 16:41  3.0 km (5:34 / km)
Stayed close to Mike for the entire race, enjoyed the following, us we cruised from feature to feature, keeping control of our direction and me checking on Eric progress behind us. We managed to create a gap after 11 control and confortably ran into the finish. This wasn't very technical course, rather a fast one that required lots of reading ahead.
Orienteering race 16:01  3.0 km (5:20 / km)
This was as competitive heat as it can get in NA with all 4 capable runners.
Mike took off rather faster than perhaps anyone expected (may be Kata gave him this idea, after she took off as if it was 100m dash). I stayed behind for the first loop with Mike in the lead and John doing what I did in the last round, staying just behind Hummer. I had a cleaner run on the second loop by taking trail to the 7 and managed to get ahead just to be cought again by Eddie on sketchy 9 and then by Mike on 12. As we crossed the parking lot I was clean and first on 13 with Eddie disapearing somewhere in the green. I memorized the leg to 14 and ran as hard as I could and managed to build a little gap that was enough for me to finish ahead of Mike and Eddie.
This win certainly came by surprise as I haven't specifically prepared myself for this race and am very happy to be able to win it like this. Although, Balter says that there were many factors that helped me out especially the format of these races. If this was done as usually with starts every 30sec or 1min Mike would've certainly won! But today my legs were the fastest out there, and I still can't stop wondering why is that.