Race director Ron Eaglin hosted an 8hr orienteering event, where legendary Gord Hunter designed a marathon of a course at Holder Mine. Gord was of great significance in our humble beginnings.
We got there a little later than we thought and had about 5 minutes to plan the route. I chose a clockwise route starting with the lower left quadrant (the start/finish is in the middle of the map). The first course was flowing with most control points deep in the woods. I had full focus and held sharp bearings. After CP116, my knees were getting torn up and you can see I was making route choices based on not having to bushwhack (going to CP204 and 115). I was noticeably slower during the bushwhack because of it. Once I put long pants on for the 2nd course, I was able to bulldoze through the brush, but then I was feeling the effects of the heat. There's always a trade-off with going shorts or long pants. You can see the temps make a jump to 97F during the 2nd half below. I finished the first course in 4hrs 6min.
On a rogaine race, you are penalized one point for every minute you're late, so time management was key during this second half. Up to the half-way mark, I was giving myself 10minutes for every control point, but during this second half, I was falling behind. There was no way I could keep the speed and efficiency of the first half.
I don't know what happened to me after half-time. I had a series of mini-mistakes until CP240, including running out of the transition area and then back to click the "start", and then doing it again--running out and then back to get more food. Once I got to CP240, I had to tell myself 'that's enough, concentrate!'. This course also had the same clockwise route, starting with the lower left quadrant.
Overall, it was great exercise in many areas--physical, mental, contour reading, on-the-fly route planning, and pace setting. I finished the race with 5 minutes to spare, good for second place overall. I also literally ran a marathon in the woods today.