Orienteering race 46:49  **** 3.7 km (12:39 / km) +65m 11:38 / km
spiked:16/slept:8.0 shoes: Innov8-2(Yellow)
11.00am: NAOC 2014 Ottawa,ON: Middle
After yesterday's model realized this was going to be a very technical course with not all features on map and subtle contour differences - 2.5m contours. Important to take bearings even if lost a bit of time doing so.
Ok to 1, slow and steady to 2, ok to 3, lost about 1.5 min on 4, as drifted too far north. The distinct vegetation boundary was more distinct further north as an areal of fir trees, whereas the distinct veg boundary shown was not obvious at all. Surprise as approaching 5 as saw Rick Bressman who started 4 mins ahead of me. 5-6 know to be careful on this leg. Across power line right of way okay and r to stream to follow into control. Got confused as stream seemed to disappear before and when at control initially I thought it was not mine even though I knew I was near. 6-7 another leg to take carefully and check off features along the way which I executed well. Rick was further to my right. Hit control ahead of him. 7-8-9 executed fine - on bearing and reading features. 9-10 had an interesting part crossing two beaver dams. 10-11-12-13-14-15 clean and accurate. 15-16 lost a minute + as got caught at wrong trail! Overall happy with my run, steady, a reasonable pace with minimal mistakes. 6th place and first USA. Downside Ted de St Croix demolished the course in 33 mins!