Orienteering (Cunningham Falls - Blue) 2:10:08  *** 7.99 km (16:17 / km) +282m 13:51 / km
ahr:145 max:190 17c
I think my navigation was pretty good, looking at my Routegadget my bearings were almost all on point, and the times they weren't I fixed it fairly well. I only made a few mistakes. It was jsut frustrating that even when I had a bearing I wasn't able to run because of all the fallen logs and all the rocks on the ground- I tried to run, but it felt impossible and i didn't want to injure myself when I'm finally getting into my training.
#2: I saw some rocks on the ground and thought it was the stony ground above the control, it wasn't- I caught that when I got to one of those depressions under the pit the control was in, so I corrected myself. Didn't lose much, probably around a minute
#8: I zoned out a lot, so at one moment I was coming onto the ride and the next thing I know I'm a few hundred meters down the ride and I'm hoping I didn't pass the control. I left the trail a bit earlier because I thought I saw a pit off the side of the ride, but when I was coming back onto the ride I luckily found that pit that was right next to the ride, so I was able to relocate. I probably lost around one minute on this mistake, just considering the navigation.
#9: I took a bearing and I felt like I wasn't going down enough, and I really wasn't. I eventually found some boulders I was pretty sure were way above the control, so I took a bearing from them to the control and I found it no problem. I don't really think I lost any time because I caught it in time, maybe just a bit because of the extra distance.
#11: I wasn't sure where I hit the trail on the spur at, I thought I was further down it then I was, so I went down to the ride and realized I was early. Probably lost around 30 seconds, that's all it really took for me to relocate to the part of the ride I wanted to be on.
#14: I didn't want to go down the hill in the rocks or the green, so I tried to go early, but I didn't want to end up too low so I went over to the spur 4 was on, but it was super rocky so I thought i had to be in the rocky ground section of the downhill, but apparently not- eventually I got it. I probably lost around 1-2 minutes here.
#15: I should've gone with my gut- the first route I saw was to drop down to the ride, follow it to the bend, and then contour over to the control. But, I then noticed that there was a ride leading through the dark green, so that I could hit the trail and then take the ditch down to get the control. It was a much safer and easier attack, so I thought I was a genius for finding that route and catching myself. Yeah, I forgot that rides can get pretty overgrown. It sucked, but once I was out of the green the route was definitely very nice.
Overall I'm pretty glad,the last time I ran here 2 years ago, I ran red and that took me around 2:45:00, and my goal was to get under 2 hours this time. I didn't, but I still wasn't out there as long as I was last time, and looking at some of my bearings and contouring (especially 2-3 and 9-10), I'm pretty proud.