Orienteering1:43:35 8.14 km (12:43 / km) +241m11:05 / km ahr:162 max:189 shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
Canadian Orienteering Champs Long, F35
I crossed a nasty gorge I shouldn’t have crossed, lost a lot more time on a leg after ignoring my internal “you need a plan” voice, and was stung by wasps (twice) but this was still way more fun than yesterday!
I understood the map today, and I could run a lot more, both because there were a lot of road/trail options and because there were a lot of nicer sections of forest. I suspect I can credit getting a bit of rest for the help in map reading.
It's true that I made a big booboo, one that would normally have me really upset at myself. But I think it's a lot easier to recover and accept a mistake, which is a deviation from otherwise good orienteering, than to handle just not being able to orienteer at all.
After I finished I ate all the food from the food truck, served to me by Lukas. Because of *course* the food truck guy invited Lukas in. Then we drove for what turned out to be an uncomfortably long time. I think our road trips need to have less driving per day.
Orienteering43:35**** 2.32 km (18:46 / km) +57m16:42 / km ahr:154 max:189 6c shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
Canadian Orienteering Champs, middle F35
This sucked. I actually warmed up a bit today, with a nice run to the start and some lunge matrix work. But once I got going I found that I could not orienteer. I was just stumbling around and occasionally happening on the controls. Nothing made sense to me on the map and it was green and it was too damn humid. I was having absolutely zero fun.
I angled way off on the way to 7, and when I realized where I was I took a good look at the rest of the course and decided I had no idea how I would get through the remaining controls, and I could not muster the energy to climb back over to get 7. I could also hear the arena sound so... yeah. I went that way.
Wasn't very happy to have such a bad day but Lukas afterwards insisted on going orienteering himself, with both of his moms, so we went out and punched a bunch of rec controls together. Made the outing to the event site worth it.
Orienteering race 19:14 3.16 km (6:05 / km) +13m5:58 / km ahr:175 max:187 shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
Canadian Orienteering Champs, Sprint, F21E
We drove as far as Burlington last night and stayed in a hotel. Lukas was very excited about the hotel -- he insisted he'd been there before and that there was a train just around the corner from the lobby -- and we were not able to sleep until quite late. That meant that we pushed our departure this morning late enough that we arrived about 15 minutes before my start. This was enough time to find parking, pick up my packet, visit the bathroom, and get to my start. Warming up? For a sprint? Optional, right?
The course was pretty fun, about as interesting as a city park gets around here, with some little bits through winding garden paths. I ran hard and orienteered adequately for about the first 40% and then my body threw a hissy fit and ordered my legs to go on strike. I walked up all inclines after that and generally wheezed my way through. My orienteering was still adequate, though I think my brain was also moving more slowly.
Finished and immediately felt my quads complaining. Had some lunch and then cooled off in the pool and then spray deck area with Lukas, up until some kid puked in the water slide and they had to shut it down.
Orienteering23:20 3.25 km (7:11 / km) ahr:162 max:177 shoes: Mookie (O-Roc 280v2)
Corn maze orienteering, or basically the reason we made this trip all the way up here!
I had great fun with this and *mostly* demonstrated my superior corn mazing skills. Unfortunately at one of the earlier controls I lost track of which one I was at (moved my thumb too far?) and started to try to run a parallel leg from much later in the course. This was very confusing. I probably lost 3 minutes there. I think it took a bit longer to figure out because the controls were numbered by control code, not sequence number, but they were numbered sequentially, so I still should have gotten a clue a bit earlier than I did!
Legs totally and completely done after this. Cooled off with a strawberry icee.