Orienteering race 1:04:00  4.9 km (13:04 / km) +180m 11:02 / km
shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280
QOC Lake Needwood Green. I ran this course in good style except for one control, for which there is no excuse. I'm pretty sure the trouble started leaving #3, when I ran in a direction about 90 degrees off. I should have known better, because this has happened a lot. It's like my sense of direction (which is awful to begin with) is only kept in short-term memory. So when I look up from punching, I have no idea where I came from or where I'm going. This is the time to be careful with the map. Actually, the time to think about the way out is on the run-in to the control, but that didn't happen this time.
Anyway, the way I went crossed a river at the right place, so I didn't notice the problem then. Nor did I notice on the hill on the other side. So I was a long way off before I figured things out, and even then I rabbited off from a known location without due consideration, so it all happened again. 19 minutes on a 4 minute control from 3 to 4. Yikes.
One or two slowdowns approaching controls after that, but all in all, good orienteering. The course was maybe the best I've seen at Lake Needwood: plenty of running in the good areas, not too much in the bad areas, some good route choice problems, hardly any trail running, map seemed good the whole way through, even, in retrospect, in the parts where I didn't know where I was.
A big start to the official QOC season, on a beautiful clear day, with over 200 entries. The new pricing structure was designed to encourage e-punch ownership, and I believe we nearly sold out of SI-8 e-punches, so the incentives appear to have worked as planned. There was an early lineup for registration, not the fault of the crew -- just the sheer volume of registrants, but things settled down about a half-hour in.
Field work 1:30:00  4.0 km (22:30 / km)
A little search and rescue effort. A pair of cub scouts had taken a wrong turn just 50 meters short of the finish, and hadn't turned up after 40 minutes. Adam Szabo drove me down to Southlawn Road, where I interviewed some folks coming up from the south (no sightings), and jogged back north to the finish. No sign of them. Then on trails around the west side of the map, still no sign of them. But the mapped area was full of orienteers, so I figured they must have crossed Southlawn and walked off the map. It turned out that's exactly what they did, and they got all the way to the south end of Lake Frank before finally talking to someone who called their mom.
Then I helped with control pickup.