Running (Street & Trail) 5:00  0.5 mi (10:00 / mi)
Warm-up jogging around the parking lots for the Mid-Atlantic Championships hosted by SVO. Though I tried to, I didn't sleep well.
Orienteering (Foot) 1:04:25  4.8 km (13:25 / km) +100m 12:09 / km
Mid-Atlantic Championships hosted by SVO. I ran the Green course. I had trouble right away.
S-1 - I was a little intimidated going into this since I hadn't run in the area in a long time, and had done so poorly at Antietam Lake. I had trouble right away. I knew people were going down a trail but I couldn't get my compass to settle right and got going about 180 degrees off. In the wrong parking lot, I turned around and got on the trail. I came off of it just past the ditch and crossed the ditch to get to the control. I at least hit that right from an attack point.
1-2 - I angled down to the trail and ran to an intersection. I ran past the intersection and sought to cut off distance on a switch-back. However I was one intersection too soon--I should have listened to that voice in my head about that. I got on the wrong trail and descended hesitantly to the east edge of the park. Turning around, I couldn't make sense of the trails because I thought I was elsewhere. I climbed back 2 intersections and cut right but this put me on a trail that paralleled the eastern edge of the park again. I ran hesitantly being unsure of where I was at first. It looked too thick to cut over to the road. I climbed and looked for a mapped intermittent trail to take me there but I never found it. I did a lot of extra climb and distance getting to the power lines, well past the control. Using trails, I attacked a short distance from the north. I think I lost more time on this than AP shows.
2-3 - I ran straight and hit the reentrant before the control. I went around the top of it. Dasa Merkova was approaching from the reentrant and got there just before me.
3-4 - I went left of where Dasa was going, to get above the green. Aiming for the power line bend, it was slow getting there. I got on the trail going right under the power line tower but couldn't see where it went into the forest on the other side. The trail curved backward and I followed it knowing something wasn't right. I finally got to where the next trail emerged but hadn't realized it. I started looking for where to cut down again too soon. Once at a reentrant, I realized where I was and went to the control with no more trouble.
4-5 - I started straight at it but kept getting turned by vegetation. Finally hitting a trail, I took it to a bend and knew right were I was. I attacked from there and crossed another trail before getting near. I slowed near the house and Istvan Naggy closed in from behind. He was more confident of where we were and went right to it. I punched after him.
5-6 - I chased, then passed Istvan, barreling at it, and spiking it. Having the barn nearby helped.
6-7 - I started walking almost immediately and marched straight up. At that pace, I was confidently reading the boulders into the charcoal terrace. I did manage to run after crossing the second trail. Istvan was nearby.
7-8 - I charged off straight at it. The terrain wasn't that thick at first. I knew where we were when passing the control between 2 boulders. The trails confused me a little but I figured them out. I slowed to attack and Istvan caught-up. He attacked a little beyond me by our paths crossed. Istvan saw it first, but I think I got there first.
8-9 - I walked up at first and when I got to the fenced area, I ran around it on the left side. I crossed the parking lot, went past a pavilion and continued into the thickish woods. At the road crossing, I got confused--probably due to being in oxygen debt. I cut left and went through a pull-out. Sam Cohen came running through just before me but was moving too fast. I hit the next trail and couldn't tell where I was on it. Checking left initially, I turned around and went to the control. In the meantime Istvan had passed me. Perhaps I should have played it safely and come around on road and trails the whole way.
9-10 - My run-in was less than energetic.