Orienteering (Foot) 1:14:37  7.7 km (9:41 / km) +185m 8:39 / km
QOC: Wheaton Regional Park, MD. I didn't have a lot of time to run my course today since I needed to get back and get Max to his team's basketball game. After several back and forth's between the car, the registration areas (where one can't wear spikes inside), and the start, I finally got going. I'd kept forgetting things like my map case, registering my epunch and putting on my epunch.
Chris Gross' course was a bit different from approaches that many had taken when setting here. He told me just after finishing that made several long legs to emphasize route choice. It was nice.
S-1 - I moved okay going generally downhill toward the lake. Someone ahead had paused at some green woods. I cut right for a little bit longer way through, at a gap. I rounded the lake on the SE side, glad that much of the mud way still frozen. After the lake, I took a fork to the right to climb, rather than the longer downhill along Brookside Gardens. I left the trail at a big bend and kept fairly straight. Crossing 2 trails and the creek, I found myself right on target when I passed a cairn on my right, and attacked from it.
1-2 - I went straight, and used a ditch to my right, after crossing the creek, to spike it. I hesitated since I didn't see it on the approach. It was behind a tree.
2-3 - There was some deadfall and low vegetation early. It got me off line, so when I saw set of gullies ahead, they were the ones east of the one with the control. I corrected without getting to the wrong set of gullies so I didn't lose much time.
3-4 - I climbed higher to the right to get around deadfall. After crossing the creek I did get onto the trail and climbed; coming down from it at a bend to spike the control. I was happy that it was visible pretty far away and I got there ahead of someone coming from the east.
4-5 - I walked much of the way up the hill. weaving straightish through the deadfall. I had to correct a bit toward the end.
5-6 - Going straight over the bit of hill, I found the reentrant and stayed in it. Had I read the map better, I would have ran around the deadfall that was in the reentrant. I was concerned that I might miss the control if I left it but the map showed the deadfall stopping above the control and almost at the trail.
6-7 - I took the trail to a bend and crossed on what used to be a trail, near the mapped earth wall. I didn't see the earth wall so prominently as I remembered it but I was on the old path. After getting to the road, I climbed over the ridge and could see the control ahead.
7-8 - Initially, I thought I'd go left around the maintenance area. Along the way I saw the trail route to the right. Further along, I decided to cut distance by running on the NE side of the maintenance area. After getting through to trails and at a T-intersection east of the control I cut in. This was not the place to do it. I should have turned left and right, and then attacked. I don't remember crossing the smaller trail and I'm surprised I didn't make a bigger error. I kept to a bearing and even adjusted to the right a bit to hit the control okay. I must have lost some time.
8-9 - I ran angling toward the a trail intersection, but I hit the long NE/SW trail further north than I thought I would. At the paved trail, I cut right and then left the paved trail at a bend. I guess I did that a bit too soon. I corrected by seeing the parking lot on the other side of the green woods, and aiming toward it.
9-10 - I figured it'd be faster to stick to the open areas south of the ball fields. This worked pretty well, saving me some climb. There was a bit of unexpected green after the ball fields, but I hit the control okay.
10-11 - I took the paved trail until west of the soccer field house, then cut across to the field house. After rounding it and the dog park I entered the woods. To get around green, I went a bit north. Reaching just above the big reentrant, I couldn't see a rootstock or a control--the control was actually on a dot knoll that I'd mapped a while back as a dot knoll. I cut right up the reentrant, getting to almost the boulder groups, then ran back to the control. I lost 90 seconds.
11-12 - I aimed straight but actually went a little to the right. I hit the control well.
12-13 - Straight, but I hesitated short of the control.
13-14 - I had trouble keeping focused on the correct leg line since there were many crisscrossing. I should have ran right back to the trail, but went down the reentrant before cutting backward to it. Once on the trail, I moved well despite the mud. I came along the lake and past the stream east of the control, before climbing the spur. I saw Ted running, probably toward #11. After that I spiked it.
14-15 - This was one of the few green legs on the course. However it wasn't bad. I got to the train tracks and attacked, seeing it soon afterward.
15-16 - I started straight, and may have crossed a trail, unseen. Getting to the train tracks, I took the one on the left. In the open, I climb the ridge, and had to go further left to get around green forest and across the tracks again. Finishing, I ran up the hill and spiked the control, using the paved trails to point the way.
16-F - Straightish, using the paved trails to get across the rocky ditch.
After finishing I rushed to get my shoes changed, and download. I had just enough time to pickup Max and get him to his game 5 minutes before it started. He did well, scoring 6 points, and blocking several opposing team shots.