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Training Log: BillD

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  Orienteering1 1:39:18 2510.96(2) 4041.0(1) 156
  Total1 1:39:18 2510.96(2) 4041.0(1) 156
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Sunday Nov 11 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 1:39:18 [3] 4041.0 km (1 / km) +156m 1 / km
shoes: Icebugs

Daughter Karen, looking for a woodland excursion without having to think about anything, followed me around the Brown course at Wachusett Mt. A cold, windy day with clear blue sky. Shivering until climbed the first 100m from the start, then didn't think about temperature again. I found it difficult to move through the woods - dense with small deciduous trees with low branches. Spent a lot of time stooped to duck under branches.

For no good reason I still find it difficult to gauge distance using a 1:7,500 map.

I tried concentrating on aiming for interim features, i.e. staying in contact with the map. When leaving #2 for #3 I knew I'd have trouble on compass since there were not helpful features along the way to confirm azimuth. So when I spotted a flag off to the left when distance seemed correct, I figured I again botched holding course and moved left. Wrong flag. Turns out I was on course and would have found #3 up the next contour. By now I was confused whether I was north or south of the correct line and wandered a lot before I could match terrain to the map. On #5 I again lost confidence of distance and course and started the left-or-right search too early. I relocated to the westward bump of the creek, a feature I should have sought in the first place.

The other legs went OK. Between heavy bush whacking and a tender hip, I went pretty slowly.

My route.

Really nice to have Karen along. We followed up with lunch in Leominster and then on to her house in Acton for a visit with Peter and the kids before heading home, driving into the glare of the setting sun. A good day.

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