Orienteering race 39:24  *** 4.0 km (9:51 / km)
USOF Middle Distance Champs outside of Woodland Park, CO.
Well, mixed feelings about this race. I let Nate talk me into allowing him to run up on M-20 Red, since Amos and Andy were doing it, given the short distance of the Red course. He ended up beating me by over 3 minutes. I guess that's good and bad.
I was shocked when I flipped the map over. It was basically all white, with a few splotches of yellow inside the course area. As it turned out, the yellow was not so valuable for me to navigate: white sometimes meant widely scattered trees, sometimes meant a little deadfall, and occasionally meant light green (I only saw a couple of patches of medium green), so I couldn't readily distinguish yellow from white.
So, it was all about the contours, and I can't tell a spur from a reentrant unless there is water to clue me in. After the race, Nate pointed out to me that everything was downhill from east to west, so you automatically knew which were which. But I didn't.
I ran conservatively to C1, then I thought a reentrant led to C2, just about 150m away, so I ran hard. It turns out that it was a spur that led to the control, so I ended up running back to the C1 area and trying again - a quick 3 minute loss. I discovered my inability to distinguish yellow from white, when a clearing was supposed to be my catching feature beyond C3, but I couldn't spot it. Another 1 - 1.5 minute loss.
Most of the rest of the way was simply running straight, pace counting and reading the detail when I got within 30-50m of the bag. C11 was a "long" leg (~500m), and I thought I could run down a spur, but it got thick, so I jumped off and ran parallel. I guess I was running much harder than I thought, so I covered much more distance than my pace count indicated, and had to figure that out, and backtrack (in addition to being left of the line, which I knew). Cost me another 1.5 minutes.
It looks like I may have picked up a USOF medal on the cheap. There was a European that ran around 32 minutes in M40+, but Eric B made a big error on C11 and Jeff W must have had problems, and there weren't many other entrants, so???
Zach won White by a bunch. It's tough to figure whether he is better served to smoke the White field (he still has another year on White), or to be challenged by Yellow, and spanked by Ethan Childs.
Luke made his navigation debut on Rec-White, with Chelsea shadowing. He would have been 2nd in M-10 - I think he was about 40 minutes to Zach's 20, but he has 4 more years in that category, so no hurry in going competitive. He was very excited about, and proud of his performance. It was also his first e-punching, which he loved.
Orienteering race (String-O) 1:25  *** 0.3 km (4:43 / km)
The Juniors put on an intense String-O course as a fundraiser ($1 per run), so I took my shot. Nate beat me soundly on this. There were some picnic table options (over, under, around). The third table was tall (Luke could almost run right under it), and I almost didn't make the jump onto it.
Running warm up/down 6:00  0.67 mi (9:00 / mi)
Most of my warm-up was walking around with Luke, to get him signed up for a Rec course and into the computer, but I did get some jogging in.
Unable to force myself to do a warm-down afterwards, but I did do plenty of walking around, which was probably good enough.