Orienteering race (Buffalo Long Brown F55) 1:46:16  *** 4.4 km (24:09 / km) +105m 21:35 / km
I got off to rough start this morning. The trail that led to the first control was a little confusing. I don't know if I actually missed the trail because it didn't seem very trail-like where I thought the trail was supposed to be and I ended up west of the trail at the edge of a field. I had to reset and make my way back to the control. I did well for 2, 3, 4 and 5, although I foolishly scrambled up a steep hillside only to discover a gentle slope around the corner to 5. I headed off to six and found I had to get up a really steep cliff. I wondered if it was necessary to climb it, but Mike Lyons was climbing it too, and I figured he wouldn't be climbing if he didn't need to! I was going along really well after my climb and found the trail I wanted but then had my doubts about where I was. It took me a loonnnggg time to figure out where I was and the fact that the control was directly behind me. I tried making up some time getting to 7, 8, 9, and 10, but somehow went a little off on my way to 10 and went by it. I fell hard over a branch and gave my right knee a good whack on the ground. I turned around and saw the people standing guard over the control on the radio to the finish. I guess they enjoyed watching me looking for the control. I really should have nailed that one, but once again I was distracted by all the runners and tired. I forced myself to run to 11 and to the finish with lots of self-talk to keep going. Despite my overall good navigation and pushing my speed I was still well behind my field, even without the big delay at number 6.
I had a great two days of orienteering and I'm happy with how I did.