Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Last weekend's 10-hours in Nebraska


Last weekend I ran the 10-hour score course at Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska. Maps are below.

The terrain is typical loess terrain. That means big, steep hills with some deep erosion features. Loess forest is generally fairly runnable. I say "generally" because it is also terrain that suffers when we get ice storms or very strong winds. Some parts of the Indian Cave terrain were quite difficult to run through because of downed trees.

We got the map an hour before the start so we had time to plan a route. I arrived about 20 minutes before the start, so I didn't do much planning. I took a quick look and decided I'd probably be able to get all of the controls and that the main choice was clockwise or counterclockwise. I decided on clockwise. I haven't studied the map, but I would guess there are better route options than the ones I picked.

The 10-hour event was the longest I'd ever done. I wasn't sure how to best manage it. I decided to jog easily when I was going flat or down a hill, walk on the uphills. That seemed to work well. I was quite tired for the last hour (I finished in just over 7 hours, so I'm sure being out for another 3 hours would have been really tough).

I ate several packs of gel, one pack of "sport beans", and a granola bar. I drank a bit of sport drink and plenty of water. In retrospect, I should have have a little bit more sport drink. To keep myself on track, I had a cheat sheet that I looked at each hour that reminded me how much I'd planned to eat at that point. I think carrying a cheat sheet was a good idea.

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posted by Michael | 9:56 AM


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