Orienteering (Hudson Highlander IX) 3:37:10  26.2 km (8:17 / km)
Well, I came into the race with the strategy of going out slow, and finishing strong. I jogged the road run in the begining, as a warm up and then was staying with the pack pretty well through the first couple of controls, but was feeling like the pace was too high for the distance of the event. I backed off and ran behind the pack. I was feeling great in something like 10th place until I twisted my ankle running down the hill to control 7. I was hobbled and quite unnerved. Boris G then caught me with the same problem, a lame ankle, so we ran together to 8 and then seperated on the way to 9 and the map exchange.
I was now getting passed readily and wasn't too happy with my ankle. I just kept trudging along, until the 11th control where my ankle seemed to feel fit for a bit of running. I picked up the pace and started to pass the orienteers that had been passing me. I was orienteering well and lost very small amounts of time on each leg. I criused into the second map exchange feeling strong and not tired in the legs or the mind. I had been using Gus to keep me fueled, and they really seemed to help. I saw the first leg on Sebago and was in awe, it was quite epic but a trail run. I started out and began to pick people off. I was cruising into the 24th control when I tripped at the bottom of a cliff and hit my knee on a rock. I was quite stunned and even a bit nauseated, but I didn't feel too bad, so I kept moving. Proptly I saw Randy Hall ahead of me and in turn the pain in my knee to fade. I hit the 24th and then cruised until just after the 27th control when I torked my ankle even more than the last time. I was not happy :o(. I jsut walked it off, and since the nerve damage was probably quite bad by this point it went away fairly quickly and I continued to run. Then at the begining of the long trail run to 28 I saw Randy ahead of me again and once again a surge of energy shot through me. I passed him as well as Francis Falardeau on the trail run, and then tried use my speed to build a larger lead over the last leg. Well I came into the finish and was quite suprised to find that I had finished in second! I didn't feel all that tired in the legs or mentally, but the wear of running the forest had hurt me. My ankle didn't seem too bad then but it really wasn't in great shape the next day.
Overall, I was happy with my navigation with no large error in my navigation, I just missed a trail on one leg, and the a small parrallel error that cost my a minute or so. In the physical aspect I didn't feel too bad either, my only problem occured with the physical injuries associated with running in the forest, something that I hadn't though about before the race. I am now looking for an ankle brace to hold my ankle together for the US Champs.
I like the idea of passing people at the end of the race and I feel like my orienteering style reflects that. I like to start out slow and continue to gain confidence throughout a course. It was a great race and a great time. I look forward to running many more.