Orienteering long 1:16:53  *** 5.9 km (13:02 / km) +215m 11:01 / km
spiked:9/14c shoes: Icebug Spikes
US Long Course Championships (Camp Wakpominee) - Green Y Course. Was feeling a bit bonky at the start after not getting much sleep last night (woke up at 3 am and couldn't get back to sleep) but I don't know that it had too much effect on my performance, which was mediocre. I was confused on 1 by the unmapped logging trail, losing a minute or two. On #2, I contoured through the logging debris - I think dropping down to the trail would have been quicker. Also went a bit past the control and had to come back for it. Could have done a better job leaving #2.
On the long leg 4-5, I opted for the righthand trail. It provided a good attack point and avoided some of the rock on the lefthand route. Going straight to me was not an option - that would have fried me both mentally and physically. Once I made my decision, I should have pressed hard to get to the trail. But I was sloppy, took forever to get to the trail and then wasn't sure where I hit it. This cost me more time. Was very happy to spike the approach to 5 at least. Tentative to 6, then pretty decent the rest of the way.
This was an excellent course, chock full of challenge at the beginning, nice runnable woods in the middle, then quick sprint-like stuff at the end. Really tested all your skills. Highlighted of course by the great long leg. This was the toughest course I've run in a while and a good measure of my conditioning (mental and physical, both of which need some work).
Thanks to EMPO for three truly championship-caliber events. Really enjoyed the weekend.