Super happy I came out for this! Really beautiful race with really beautiful peopleRoutegadget!
Doing a mass start race like this once in a while is so much fun!
I didn't really have a specific focus for the race other than trying to do the best orienteering that I could.
The terrain was super fast and super different than California so it took a hot sec to get used to. I was literally like smacking my face into so many twigs and branches and the footing also was very different.
In a technical sense, I felt like the course was relatively easy and is the kind of orienteering I like to do. In the few sections that I did navigate completely myself I felt really solid, like number 9, for example, I won the split with a really solid compass which is usually not my strong suit.
Of the few mistakes I made, one was a route choice mistake and small entry mistake (number 8). On Control U - I made a small entry mistake and then another very slight compass mistake on X (which I was honestly pretty happy with my compass on that leg too).
Overall super happy with how the race went. Most of my time lost to Jordan was from the route choice and small mistake to number 8 and his orienteering seemed slightly stronger than mine. Huge props to him since he had a great race almost entirely solo.
Also shoutout to Joe because he was leading the pack with him, Peter, and I for a majority of the time making the navigation much easier on my part.