When I said running your natural age class and therefore a green course was reasonable, this result is in the neighborhood I was thinking you were capable of . Sorry about the fact that the Saturday map had so many of the ammo boxes on posts, a type of manmade feature you would never have seen before unless maybe you've run across one if you've run at Combat Village in your orienteering career to date. Maybe we should have put in the additional effort to have a small section of the Saturday map available as a warm-up area, in addition to the model event in PWFP - it's not as though we used quite the entire map for the day 1 courses. Something for the after action report I'm sure ex-Marine Bill Wright will want from me and the other people in the upper tier of the org chart for the event.
Thanks for your comment, I'll take it as encouragement. I'm glad that I found all the controls on both days. There is always the fear that I'll miss one and blow the whole thing. Once I knew what the black Xs were, it was much better. And I'm super glad I wasn't the last person out on the course, I don't like making people wait for me. I'm sorry I didn't find you either day to say hello!
Great that you got out on the courses and finished, as well as finished ahead of others! If you have a feel for the smaller things, the bigger things will come to you soon. Having some time to walk/not race a map with someone and let them help to point out features will help you make the correlation needed.
I might take you up on that someday :) thx for your advice, I'm sure it'll come in time. Congrats to you on a great running weekend!
To be clear, it was intended as encouragement.
Interesting about the big versus little features though I guess I shouldn't be surprised if a sense of scale takes longer to develop than the ability to recognize various kinds of point features, once you've seen their like while orienteering before.