At Moscow Meridian
this evening in Strogino, I made sure to show up a bit early, given my last week's fiasco, and Nikolay the course setter/Mr. Meridian got back from the woods 20 minutes late, so there was a bit of freezing going on. The course was their usual 19-control score-O
, well after dark, with a "relatively mass start" according to the info. What that meant in practice was that as soon as Kolya showed up, people lined up and were let go as soon as they could fit a map into the case and stick the SI into the start unit. So, not even a sneak peek at the map this time to plan, all of the planning had to be on the clock.
I made two planning errors. Of the three obvious loops, the western one was the best to be done first and the peninsula loop, last (or the other way round), this way there was not a dead run from the start and to the finish. But I started on the eastern loop because it was the obvious thing that jumped out at me at the start. And, I should have done 32–34–35, leaving 33 to be picked after 49.
The park was pleasant and the nettles had completely died off, dried, and shrunk. There were few people on my route, so I couldn't really feel how hopelessly slow I was; it felt like jogging after starting out cold, and I only warmed up and started to move well shortly before the finish.
The HRM transmitter battery was dead and the altimeter, noisy. The climb is from the map.