Orienteering (Foot) 43:48  2.92 mi (15:00 / mi) +134m 13:08 / mi
QOC Junior Training Weekend at Prince William Forest, VA, Happyland. The final training session was for everyone. Students ran independently of their coaches. It was a mass start one-man relay. The advanced course had 4 loops. A nice route choice for me starting off, seemed to get me to control #1 ahead of everyone else on my loop. We did get to places I would normally have used a compass at, but I was okay without it. Even where green, the leaves were off and I could see the contours enough to know where to go. I finished my first loop just behind Peggy, who'd been on a different first loop.
On the second loop, I repeated a leg from the night-O where I'd gone to the wrong control--this time it was the right one. Max was ahead of me initially, but staying to the right where the running was better, I passed him. I thought he might catch me as I left #2 and ran to a road. Max stopped at the road while I turned left to get to a junction that was just out of sight. I hit the next control well and saw Max with Wyatt Riley as I was already heading off to #3. I was again feeling good about places where I was able to be pretty efficient without using a compass. I finished the loop with Max somewhere behind me.
Going out on my third loop, someone told me that Peggy was a minute ahead of me. Some loops were shorter than others so it didn't worry me and though I was moving better, I still wasn't moving that well. I did a short loop, and realized that the mapping was not so perfect on one gully that I attacked from a distinct location up high above.
On my last loop, I moved well until control 3 or 4. I was following a stream and stopped early at a stream ditch junction. It was a bit green in this area. Going on, I saw Rick Oliver coming in more directly--a benefit of having a compass. I saw the control first but Rick was closer and punched it first. I took similar routes for the next 2 controls and punched our Go control just behind Rick. There was an obvious route choice to dog-leg on the trail we'd come down, or to go straight. Rick suggested we go different ways and I chose going straight. After cutting through a short bit of forest, I adjusted my route to use a second trail or ride and got ahead of Rick. I then saw Peggy converging but just ahead of me. Family pride was on the line and others were shouting. I picked up the pace. Peggy did too, and warned me not to injure myself running too hard. I was happy to match pace and finish together. It was again a nice exercise and it turned out to be pretty good weather to run in too.