orienteering 45:26  5.7 km (7:58 / km) +886ft 6:27 / km
shoes: new Integrators
The Stampede -- mass start, two very short loops, half the field on one first, half on the other first, then a longer common third loop. Together with the WOC stars, Texas Tom, Ernst, and Ted G early on, then took a different (road) route to the first longer leg, nothing gained nothing lost, then in a rough group of 6 -- well, it was 7 for a little bit, picked up John F. at the end of that leg, had to guide him to the control, but he left before too long, couldn't run that slow he said, so of course I said something about not being able to run as crooked as he did -- anyway, sort of hanging on for much of the longer loop, though I must say that both Tom and Ernst seemed to be feeling the high altitude blues and weren't moving as quick as usual. But about 3 legs from the end the stars and Ted took a lower and faster route, got 100 meters ahead, and there was no catching them, especially when Hillary turned on the afterburners in the homestretch to claim the coveted Spam. I think I ended up 9th, very fine, winner of the men's Spam was Eric Bone in about 42 minutes.
A good hard effort, sort of silly because I wasn't going to claim any Spam (fortunately) no matter how well I did, but I did remark to myself as I managed to keep running up a couple of modest inclines, Damn, it's nice to be in shape. Stll hurts though....