Orienteering race 1:25:40  *** 6.6 km (12:59 / km) +240m 10:59 / km
21c shoes: Icebug olx 2nd
NEOC Prospect Hill Red course. Wow, a 2-O-day weekend. The park sits right up against an office park just off of I-95, with tons of parking on a weekend. It's pretty rugged for its size, with a couple of 50m hills, and a fair amount of rock features (16 out of 21 controls on boulders or cliffs), plus roads and trails you'd expect in a suburban park.
I kept up a steady pace, no major errors, but the usual problems close to the control. In a couple of cases the controls were in difficult technical areas, and I didn't read the map accurately enough. In other cases, it was more a matter of not visualizing the terrain from the mapped detail. For example, I almost never went straight to the right rock. I don't really understand the rock mapping -- it seemed like I saw big boulders that weren't mapped, and little boulders with controls on them.
There were some good route choice problems, and I can see now that I didn't make the best choices. From 7 to 8 I went all the way around on the trail, I don't know why I didn't go over the hill like I did to #4. From 9 to 10, I took the roads around to the right, when the left was straighter and shorter. From 16 to 17 I climbed the big ridge to the two water tanks, then followed the stone wall to the control. More hill climb then necessary, but in addition the stone wall segment was slow going. I'm pretty sure following the base of the hill on the right would have been better, maybe even going all the way around past 18-19.
On the plus side, I looked ahead on practically every control so I knew which way to go coming out. Definitely improved flow.