DVOA: Mid-Atlantic Championships at Fair Hill Mason Dixon. Tom Overbaugh set the courses. I had fun but struggled with the climb. Even in the fields, I was having trouble running, but so did others.
S-1 - I wasn't very warmed-up but managed to jog up the trail. I could see the control from the trail and angled over to it.
1-2 - Back up to the trail, then down past the reentrant.
2-3 - Around the low vegetation on the left, then across the field. I got a little too high, perhaps distracted by people coming down from a different route.
3-4 - I didn't bother getting to the trail until I hit the forest. Turning right at the intersection I crossed the road and attacked. I was pretty close to on target but came in from the left (east) side.
4-5 - I used the ride to get to the field edge. As I did, I saw the road/trail route option. I figured I'd already gone to far to make it work, but also I was moving slow enough that any extra distance would be hard to make up time for. Crossing the field I was further right than intended, I went around the boomerang shaped tree cluster on the west side, then turned left. I'd gone this way because I saw the trail mapping was a ride or intermittent. As I eventually got to this trail, I saw it had been improved and the map didn't show it. I used trails to cross the creek and then saw the big boulder on my right. I basically ran/walked around the low vegetation to spike the control.
5-6 - I crossed the saddle the went into the forest on the left side of the large reentrant. Once across the creek I got on a trail and left it soon after at a bend to spike the control.
6-7 - I climbed to the trail, turned left on it and left at the next bend. I dropped dwon and didn't realize how high above the creek the control was. I walked up after stopping at the creek valley edge. I probably lost a minute or so.
7-8 - I used the trail and saw it from the trail bend.
8-9 - I hit the trail and ran on it. Having mis-read the fencing and taking it for a trail, I went ito the field, then had to come back to the same trail I had been on. 2 other guys were near the bridge as I got there. I was moving slowest but when the faster runners would stop, I'd catch-up to pass for a short way. The mapping was off in this area--it was scattered open but mapped mostly green. The trail had become intermittent. I missed an intersection so I popped out with one other guy onto the road further south than intended. I climbed the next trail up toward the field but when the guy ahead went into the field, I used the trail through the forest. It had less climb and was easier to run on. After the trail got to the field, I stayed in it for a little while, until I saw another clear opening back to the trail. After rounding the last green, I left the trail and could see the guy who'd been with me at the bridge but had taken the field route. We were even though he was running faster. I was on target but couldn't see the control on the hillside. In the hesitation, the other guy went ahead and punched first.
9-10 - I went straight and so did the other guy. A younger guy who'd also been at the bridge was lower and missed. I was just bellow but didn't.
10-11 - The guy who'd beaten me to #9 went for the trail. The other younger orienteer did too. I kept straight and hit the trail just before the stream. The other 2 went around but I cut through the light green running the whole way to basically punch right about when the other 2 faster runners did.
11-12 - Not only were the 2 guys still with me since the big bridge, but we'd caught 1 or 2 others. The lead guy started for the road. I decided I'd go straight and pulled the others along after they figured what I was doing. I got to where I could see the rootstocks but went around them, rather than crawl under the tree trunks. That let the same 2 guys punch just ahead of me.
12-13 - Straight. The other 2 guys were much faster climbing. One was on my left and one on my right. The youngest punched first. I was a little left but didn't lose any time, and punched 3rd.
13-14 - I had a brief thought of crossing the field. The other 2 guys seemed headed that way. Then I saw that going back down to the road was best. I pulled one of the other guys with me. Once on the road he took off. I did see that after the covered bridge he turned left on a trail along the creek. I went to open ground on the SW side of the pond. The other guy got hung-up in thickets so I was able to punch first.
14-15 - I went straight, using the wiggly trail, and managed to punch ahead of the other guy who'd been near me since near control #8.
15-F - I hesitated as I almost took the wrong trail. The other guy passed me for the last time. He finished well ahead since I was going slow and my right knee was hurting.
Overall, I did okay. I could have improved by seeing the best routes more quickly. I ran 6.5K and 227.5m climb for a course rated at 5.5K and 170m climb. I had pre-chosen not to run the relay. I'm just not in adequate shape to have done both courses without unnecessarily risking further injury.