I don't know why I had it in my head that you were still at West Point. Sorry I missed you on the list of military athletes at GNC. We had quite a good turnout. How'd you feel about your races?
I only graduated this past May, so it hasn't been too long since I've been there. I also registered fairly late as well. As for the races, I wasn't terribly surprised with how I did, it's been about half a year since I've orienteered and I've never been particularly fast. However, I started making more drastic mistakes when I started feeling more confident on the course, to the point of overconfidence and losing touch with the map. Hopefully I'll remember that the next time I come out.
It's a fine balance between fast and too fast. I think recognizing when you're pushing your limits and having a strategy to dial it back (forcing yourself to plan attackpoints, collecting features as you go, using pace count, etc) is key.
Keep at it - it comes back fast once you get some good time with a map!