SM Medel Kval H21B
Today's race was fun. Or rather, it had the potential to be really fun, but I made some mistakes that were a bit discouraging, but I still enjoyed things very much.
Of the 16 controls, I had 3 that were inexcusably bad. I had some good solid legs in between, but in the end I am unsatisfied with my performance.
One common theme with all of my mistakes today was being far off on my compass. It showed itself on the longer legs, and I think I can trace much of my confusion to the fact that the north lines were not parallel with the edge of the map and the course numbers and text and stuff on the map were all oriented to the top of the map and not to magnetic north. I was surprised to find out that this is actually the norm in Sweden! That all of the races we've been going to have the north lines at a slight angle. As Simon asked, "How have I missed this after all this time." Well today it was not a help to my navigation.
Speed was okay, and I was moving well in a type of forest (stony, deep moss) that I often struggle with. Wish my head could have been screwed on straight.
The fun in the forest was mostly saved by having Jules catch up (12 mins!) on the 9th control and I had him as company in the forest, pulling me onwards until the 13th. It's fun to push hard and go head to head like that.