Orienteering race 1:50:22  *** 5.72 km (19:18 / km) +235m 16:00 / km
After claiming a few weeks ago that I would ramp up my training before the team trials, this meet really pointed out how I've failed miserably at that. Knowing that I wasn't really in shape for this physical of a course, I didn't push very hard and just tried to have a good time. I did very poorly with the terrain and was disappointed with my speed through it, even just walking. I started really feeling fatigued after about 45 minutes and slowed down a little bit to be sure I stayed smart and didn't trip too much. The mountain laurel seemed to bother me less than most. It's very tame compared to California Chapparal.
Biggest error was number 4 where I tried to bounce off of the large pond but never found it. I was having a lot of trouble keeping a bearing and locating myself on the map. I believe I went between the pond and the control and eventually hit the smaller ponds. Still unsure of where I was, I mistook this for the larger pond and headed up the hill. I figured out where I was when I hit the ridgeline sooner than expected. I also had trouble at number 7 where apparently did not climb as far up the spur as I thought before heading toward the control. I was contouring and then suddenly started climbing which I knew wasn't right. Then I ran into the green and figured out where I was. Didn't take too long to recover after that. At both 8 and 9 I overshot slightly within the circle and had to turn around to find the control. Pretty much everyone was faster than me today.