Yeah, I could tell you had a rough day. That's a bummer. At least these rough days make the 'on' days even sweeter and rewarding!
Also, I have found that after a very good performance, I have a tendency to swing the other way and follow that up with a poor performance because I subconsciously decide that orienteering is "easier" now and I get sloppy/cocky. You rocked Bog Slog, and I wonder if that subliminally set you up to be less mentally attentive this go-round.
And, honestly, the Putney map is a bit wonky I think.
Warming up with a map is a great idea, and not an uncommon one. It doesn't even have to be a map of the venue (though it's nice if it is). Just mentally make some route choices on whatever map you have as you're jogging around. I'll start doing this too so that we can reinforce this habit together!
Sounds good! Good idea to do it while running / warming up.
Yes, looking at maps of similar terrain/vegetation type would help me on these denser vegetation courses. Nature is so darn hard, with all of it's subtleties!
Yeah, Putney surprised me because I thought I was doin' fine post Bog Slog. I went into Bog Slog quaking in my boots, since I hadn't orienteered in a wooded venue in a while (knowing wooded courses are my weakness), which probably helped my performance. Controls seemed to be more visible at Bog Slog too, which helps when my nav skills are not-too-precise.
I'll definitely try the strategy of going extra slow at the beginning too. At Putney, early on, meanderings and route choices around control 2 messed with me a little bit, I think.
I remember really liking Camp River Ranch, so I'm looking forward to that!