Orienteering race 1:25:40  5.7 mi (15:02 / mi) shoes: Solomon Speedcross - Green
Sunday Red F-21+
BF started an hour before Mr. W and I, so we walked with him up to the start area to scope it out. It was a ~600 m walk up a decent sized hill. Good warmup. BF headed off and we went back to the car to get ready and then trudged back up to the start.
Really happy with my navigation today. My legs felt pretty good and I was able to keep up a decent pace while staying in contact with the map. Hit the first couple controls right on. Chose a questionable route to 3 and had to climb a lot higher in the reentrant than I was expecting, no errors just slow. A small error on the way to 6, I didn't see the ride I was looking for so ran a little too far before I realized it and turned around. Probably a suboptimal route to 7, but it worked. Largest mistake was on 8, I got distracted by a group of people at a control (not mine...) and took a few minutes to relocate. Everything went smoothly after that. Pretty happy with the results of my first national meet!
Orienteering47:08  1.65 mi (28:34 / mi) shoes: Solomon Speedcross - Green
Practice course at the weekend venue. A little long, but useful.
Orienteering race 1:29:48  5.3 mi (16:57 / mi) shoes: Solomon Speedcross - Green
Saturday Red F21+
Started 5 min behind Mr. W so I was hoping I'd see him at some point. Started off ok - small error to 3, I never hit the trail I was expecting so I went in one reentrant too early (had a flag...but not mine). Spent some time searching for 4, it was tucked in a pit and I didn't know quite where I was on the spur. Pretty smooth after that, although my route choice was suboptimal. Caught Mr. W at 7 and saw him at the next couple flags. Then a big error to 10, I drifted too far N and wandered around for a while before finding the right reentrant. Then smooth sailing to the end. The finish chute was fun!
Orienteering21:59  0.7 mi (31:24 / mi) shoes: Solomon Speedcross - Green
Practice course at the sprint venue.
Orienteering race 20:29  1.98 mi (10:21 / mi) shoes: Solomon Speedcross - Green
GNC Sprint F21+
Mr. W showed us the ropes and we checked out the start procedure, finish area and spectator controls after we finished the practice course.
Took it easy to 1 to avoid an early mistake and picked up speed as I went along. Pretty much just went straight to all the controls, I couldn't make route choices while maintaining a high speed so I just went. Route to 3 wasn't ideal, and one mistake on 10. I drifted too far E and overshot the flag, corrected pretty quickly.