Run (Brick) 1:00:30  6.2 mi (9:45 / mi)
Drove out to Island Lake for this workout before the O-meet. First part of brick - middle 30 minutes at higher effort. Started at the trailhead and ran on the paved trail out to the road with an out and back route - turned around at the 30 minute mark.
Mountain Bike (Brick) 59:47  12.6 mi (12.6 mph)
First 30 minutes at easy-moderate pace on the Yellow Loop. Island lake is a decent place to try to push the pace on single track because it's flowey and you can actually get up some speed - City Forest is too tight and twisty to push the pace (at my skill level, apparently, since I KNOW people ride it faster than I do.) I know this trail OK, but I always get confused when yellow pops out onto the two track just before you cross the bridge. I always am looking for where the single track continues. Anyway, finished the trail at 37 minutes and did the rest of the hard ride on the paved trail - out and back.
Also noted that this is W4J's home trail. I am jealous because it's fun and I'd love to have this in my back yard like she does.
Run (Brick) 30:18  3.1 mi (9:46 / mi)
This was meant to be a hard run. I think I had a hard time with the transition after pushing the last half hour on the bike because the first mile was slow despite an increased effort. I did improve on the second mile, though.
Run (Orienteering) 1:50:40  8.0 mi (13:50 / mi)
Badlands Night orienteering meet - Score-O style
Was a little concerned about being tired for a 2-hour score O after a 2.5 hour brick with some effort. I actually got stronger/faster as the time went on and had a strong run for the last few points. I skipped the farthest/most difficult points, and that strategy worked out pretty well - I took 7th (though at the time I crossed the finish line, it was 2nd…)
Did the course in a counter-clockwise manner trying to get the bulk of the points up front. There were a few small issues - 53 was listed as a spur, but it didn't look like a spur to me. That wasn't a problem other than that I wasted a bit of time climbing up the spur and running along it. I saw 53 easily from up high. I took a bearing to 54, but had a hard time following it because it was so open and night time. The real problem was 50 - I cut down into the low area a little too far to the north and thought I was on the edge of the marsh. Oops. I will claim distraction from the dog. This guy was running pretty much the same as I was, but not exactly and his dog really wanted to go with me instead of him. It was funny. I hear dogs are a good judge of character. Anyway, went to the northeast and saw that I was in the right marshy area, so I went back and eventually found it. Continued on without any real problems until I went for 31 assuming I would see it from the road. During my run, I had need a flag from the road, and assumed this was the one without much thought. No, that was 36. I ended up running the length of the pond three times, running past 31 twice. Should have been an easy one. This made it so I didn't have time for 38 and 32. :( Oh well.
I really had fun at this meet. It was cool being out there at night with everyone but also on my own. I think this was my first solo night orienteering effort, and I think I did pretty well.