orienteering race (pawtuckaway, red) 2:25:35*** 5.48 mi (26:34 / mi) +630ft23:58 / mi ahr:111 max:136 10c shoes: Sportiva blue trailers
I started rather late, so didn't give myself enough time to botch any controls. I started by forgetting about #1 until I had run a ways past it. Then all went fine enough until 4-5, which I totally botched. I couldn't really identify a great attack point, but picked a route and started. I was aiming for a pond, but kept drifting downhill, and failed to realize that the pond was under forest. I was looking for a bright opening. So, I went past it. I figured that out pretty soon, then spent a little time trying to relocate. I figured out where I was pretty soon, but then veered off course to check that I really was where I thought I was. (I was.) Navig'd toward the control, picked a nice attack point, and headed for the control. But I crossed some low cliffs that weren't mapped, and probably walked right past the control before i decided i was lost again. Wandered a while trying to relocated, did so, then found it. 30-35-minute mistake. Most of the rest went fine, but my mind was wandering by 10. I knew I was running out of time, but decided to complete the course. But then lost focus and botched another. So I quit and returned to the start 9 min after closing time. I would have liked the chance to go out and try the two botched legs again. I think next year we'll start early Sat morning, with the aim to leave the afternoon open for more terrain or botched leg study. Great weekend!