Orienteering race (Foot) 1:06:20  7.5 km (8:51 / km) +200m 7:48 / km
spiked:11/17c slept:8.0 weight:175lbs (injured)
QOC: Wheaton Regional Park, MD. It was one of those days when I probably shouldn't have gone out to begin with. I wanted to go since I had a day of rest, since it was Mark Mace's first time course setting, since Peggy's brother Paul was willing to run, and since I had to pickup controls later. However, I wasn't mentally prepared and had been worried about injuring my left knee more. I played with Max a bit while waiting for Peggy to finish and my knee loosened up nicely. By the time Peggy was back, it was after the official last start time. I should have gotten to a bathroom before I left but didn't--something I regretted the whole race. Being warned about errors people were making on #1, I went out confidently and quickly. However I quickly lost track of reentrants that I'd passed. With #9 directly in-line with #1, I ran up to #9 and was perplexed when it wasn't my control. I ran circles and then kept misinterpreting trails, etc. Had the battery not run out on my GPS, the track it would have shown would have been ugly. I kept thinking #9 was #1. Finally figuring it out, I ran across a trail on a ridge and straight to it--It was a nine minute leg which should have taken me 3 minutes or less. After that, it wasn't much better. I went inefficiently to #2, then left it badly. I was hesitant to #4, and badly read the 4-5 leg as 4-6. My navigation improved after that however my knee didn't. It started hurting on the way to #8. The need to go to the bathroom kept me from thinking about it too much. The entire day, I had not read the map well and I ran too fast in light green areas. My strength held up okay but was not very strong either. Ultimately, I did more damage to my knee. Mark's course was fun though there were a lot of dog legs; the course got me to a few controls which no one had used before that I could remember.
Orienteering (Control Pickup) 58:30  *** 3.27 km (17:53 / km)
Wheaton Regional Park. I picked up controls in the eastern part of the park. Having cooled down a bit, I my knee was stiffening up. I had to walk several times but pushed on. Traveling along slopes was painful. Besides the controls, I picked up a control stand and 2 water stops.