Orienteering race 2:33:29  *** 4.1 km (37:26 / km) +155m 31:29 / km
spiked:3/11c shoes: INOV8 Bare Grips
Day two which was even more of a disaster. I couldn't find one, and had to relocate, then got it. With 2, I relocated twice, and carefully set a bearing and pace counted. After the second time didn't work, I thought I must be close, but went on to 3, and walked right to it. At some point during this relocation, I stepped into a hole all the way to my knee, which is scary for someone without proper knees, and I am spending too much time looking at the ground, instead of the map and terrain. Only stepped into small holes after that. From 3, I missed 4, relocated and missed 4 again. Unlike yesterday, I did have a good idea where I was, so I headed north and got 6. This was another case of being way off on my bearing. Then I went to 7, couldn't find it, although I knew I was in the right vicinity. I purposely skipped 8, since it was getting pretty late, and I knew it was in the blowdown area. I picked up 9, 10, and 11.
As a side issue, 6 was a water stop, which I needed since I typically don't carry water, but I will start doing so. The control was in a ditch, and three or four boys, with the same uniforms were near the ditch, and one was drinking out of the jug. I went into teacher mode, and yelled at him that he was rude and could be disqualified, and they needed to learn the rules. I then had a drink out of a different jug. Ick!
I have been trying to think about these failures as little as possible, but need to face reality and think about what is good, and what is bad. First, the good. Physically, I am getting better, but my brain is not working like it should. The Fitbit told me that my climb today was 267 m. I actually still had the energy to run from 11 to the finish. So carrying my Clif Blocks was successful, and my overall fitness level from 9Round and my trainer is good.
I probably need a lot more practice and thought to start making better route choices. First however, I need to find out why my bearings are so messed up. I had been doing well with my compass work. Maybe I'm holding the compass differently. This needs to get sorted out before going to Texas. I'm going to Lawrence on Sunday, and just need to practice bearings.