Orienteering - Forest race (Lake District Mountain Tr) 2:50:07  15.38 km (11:04 / km) +1303m 7:46 / km
ahr:128 max:170 shoes: Mudclaw 275 (blk)
Wanted to change to Medium but that's not an allowable change. After the jog around the car park and given the forecast I thought Short was sensible - Actually though the weather was pretty perfect for running and I felt ok, so shouldn't have wimped out. Never mind - next year maybe not 30 miles the day before.
Failed to get used to the scale of the map and started contouring on 1 much sooner than I thought. Then expected to be finding the control about halfway and got confused when the stream angles weren't right. Massive visualisation fail when actually arrived at the control and saw the size of the feature it was in.
Good to 2 although bad mapping. Some dotted land contouring around Bowfell was very rocky, other parts sparse, no difference on map. Glad I contoured rather than over Bowfell.
Same issue on 3 as 1, lost time dropping off an unnecessary cliff which isn't even on the map, thinking I needed to go around it, nearly a km before the actual cliff was. I think it would help me a lot to think in distances more; e.g. 'there's a cliff in 1km' rather than my current 'do x when I get to the cliff.' That works in orienteering because all the features are on the map! Need to adapt my technique.
Got into the scale from 4 on though and happy from here.good route up the gill to bad weather control and then nice stream AP. Then avoided rocky section of Cold Pike and came nicely around the bottom of Pike o Blisco; then careful to 6 using compass and streams paid off. Mistake on 7 since didn't read CDs and was expecting a crossing point and not a bridge! Also mistook several sheep with red writing on them for controls at a distance.
Pleased with 4th; 4mins off 3rd which would've been achievable easily without the faffing on 1/3/7, but miles behind the top 2. N in 7th, so running < orienteering still, at the moment!