WCOC Ansonia Nature Center Blue
6.83 km (5:57 / km) +143m 5:23 / kmMap
Really fast terrain, and minimal climb! Pretty much an ideal course for me; yet, I managed to botch this race up pretty badly. A bunch of small mistakes as well as a rather large mistake lost me quite a bit of time. Came out of the race pretty frustrated with my performance, another potential great physical run was squandered, but I think that might be part of the problem. I am too focused on running fast and getting good times right now. I need to place navigation and orienteering first, and then if everything is going well, then amp the speed.
5. 3m20s <- Yikes
Most of the mistakes here were due to a very poor contact with the map. Honestly I was running and gunning for a lot of the controls, and would not have been able to pinpoint where I was on the map. Not exactly a great idea.
Other big mistake was poor exiting out of controls / poor compassing. This was the route of my mistake to 5. Exited 30 degrees the wrong way. Had no idea where I was after a little bit. Saw a control, it was my 13, and then exited from there 30 degrees the wrong way again. Now that's embarrassing.
Uhh actually read the map. Ok that's a pretty good start. Keep contact with where I am, and what I am heading towards. Have attack points in mind before hand to check of, instead of hitting a feature, realizing I am there, and then continuing.
Other thing is compassing out of controls. Need immediate attack points to help give me feedback I am going the right way.