Orienteering race 40:28  6.5 km (6:14 / km)
Deschutes Daze dog bones race. I'd never done this format before, and wasn't sure what to expect. It ended up being really fun, and a great format for simulating head-to-head relay style racing.
The format involves pairs of controls (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, etc). You have to visit both 1's before visiting any 2's, but you can choose the order in which to visit the 1's. And so on. So you are constantly trying to read ahead and figure out the most sensible sequence of controls to visit.
We had a strong field at this race, with about 10 people who could run with the lead pack (Jourdan H, AJ, Will, Ali, Adam Woods, Brian May, Wyatt, Joe Barrett, Sergei F, and me). Off the start the pace was fast, and I found myself together with Ali, just behind Will and Jourdan, who were flying. We ran well for the first couple of controls. Then it looked to me like Ali was heading too far left on the way to the first #3, so I veered to the right, confidently heading to the control. Just before getting to it, I realized that I hadn't been to the second #2, which is where Ali was correctly heading. Probably a minute lost here, enough to lose contact with the pack. Grrrr. I picked up Wyatt after my mistake and chased him for the next several controls. Heading to the second #5, I got a bit ahead on a better line. We took different routes through the 6-7 jumble, and I emerged on my own. Almost had contact with the leaders at 8, but took a risk and tried a different sequence through 8-9-10, which did not gain me any time. Ended up 7th, ahead of Wyatt, Will, and Sergei from the list above, about 3 minutes behind a blazing fast Jourdan.