... is a deceptively tricky park. With all of the trails and open land in a small area, it looks like it should be easy. But once you get out there, all of those parallel mountain bike trails and reentrants look the same, making it tough to quickly relocate. And you can lose a lot of time recovering elevation or fighting through the honeysuckle.
One thing to remember - a few extra seconds of care on the first control can save a race.
I've seen analysis that suggests that the most frequent controls for big mistakes are the first (too excited, overconfident, not being used to the map or terrain), the second (spiked the first, this is easy - overconfidence), and the penultimate (having a great race, lapse of focus / concentration). An awareness of the possibility of these mistakes will help reduce them.
As will more orienteering...
@mike, I think it was a concentration error, I know what I wanted to do, but I guess I just didn't pay close enough attention and I was in the right area
@GuyO, I know