Orienteering race 1:29:41  **** 6.4 km (14:01 / km) +190m 12:12 / km
15c shoes: Icebug olx
West Point Long Green-X (M60). This was great orienteering, and if the white woods were of variable runability, well, it didn't bother me. I kept seeing Green-Y runners coming into the controls from the opposite direction, guessed that the courses were the same but run in reverse, and that turned out to be pretty much the case. I had a good run, not a great run, but this is difficult terrain and there was a time in the not-too-distant past when I couldn't deal with it at all. So, to the specifics.
I didn't focus very well on #1, but got lucky and tripped over the control.
Unhappy with #2. I got directly into the circle and knew I was there, but where was the control? Eastern cliff, foot. l saw two lines of cliffs, and I ran down the foot of the eastern one, then back up along the top of it, then back down towards the western one, and finally saw the other cliff that actually held the control. OK, I see now the easternmost is mapped as bare rock, and the north line is broken for a cliff, but I didn't see all that then, and it takes pretty good vision now.
From 3 to 4 was the long leg, and I couldn't see a better approach than running the roads, so that's what I did, attacking from the water stop, across the hilltop and down the spur. Pulled up at the right spot, looked right, and saw the reentrant.
On 6, I got into the circle and saw the rock, but decided to peek at the small cliffs below before committing to it. greg_l coming in at the same time. The terrain seems steeper here than mapped.
No. 7 was much harder on our course than on Green-Y. I ran the road to the ridge just before the trail, came over the ridge and down to the trail, then along the stream looking for the power line cut. It was there, but overgrown and hard to see. The marshes were not too helpful, because there seemed to be more of them than when the map was made. Still unsure about the power line, I ran to where the control should be, and there it was, with J-J punching it.
I was very deliberate to 10, crossing the spur S of the marsh, then checking in at the the various rock features on the way down the valley. So I knew the hill when I saw it, and the control was hilariously submerged in blueberries on the top.
The last problem, No. 13, was embarrassing. I followed two elites up the hillside to their control, which had the same attackpoint. Oops. Down to the road again, back up to the light green, and then finally to the correct rock, farther north than I had been before.
So, could have been faster, but in the end, good and bad luck balanced out, and with some randomness as a given, not too bad a result.