Orienteering race (Classic) 1:21:38*** 5.5 km (14:51 / km) +202m12:32 / km ahr:143 max:162 spiked:11/12c shoes: Inov8 xtalon 212 B
Day 2 Hay Creek map. This was a more physical but less technical course then yesterday. Although John Hensley Williams and I were joking about how it felt like nothing after last weekend's races at Pacheco Pass.
I had a nice clean run today. It didn't seem to be stellarly fast, but without any mistakes, I can't complain.
Items of note:
To number three, I was on the indistinct trail and never saw the junction with the larger trail. I did, however notice that it seemed to be going long, so I anticipated that I might have missed the junction. When the trail started bending downhill and I saw the charcoal platform to the left, I knew right where I was and attacked from there. Smooth as silk.
Also took a less then optimum route to seven. It was a little wiggly on various trails. Curious to see if the splits show any time loss.
Orienteering race (Classic) 1:20:36**** 6.01 km (13:25 / km) +157m11:52 / km ahr:142 max:160 spiked:8/14c shoes: Inov8 xtalon 212 B
Day 1 at French Creek. Epic Fail as I mispunched control #10. This was a classic mess-up with me making just about every mistake in the book. I was running on a bearing downhill toward the control location, knowing that I had the bottom of the reentrant as a catching feature. I saw a control to my left. It looked reasonably like a charcoal platform and had water at it - seemed like a match. I also found it reasonable to believe that I might have fallen downhill a little, which would put the control to my left.
Mistake number 1 - from the direction I was approaching the control, I hit the water before the bag and started to drink. D'oh!
Mistake number 2 - as I was drinking, I realized that I hadn't punched and made a mental note to do so. When I did, I failed to check the code. Double D'oh!
Mistake number 3 - now that I thought I was at number 10, I went for number 11 from the incorrect location and totally bungled that one. Triple D'oh!
Still waiting to see some other maps and my track to be sure of where I was. I know that there was another control in the area on a cairn, but I don't recall seeing a cairn at the site. Wondering if there was a control on another charcoal platform in the area.
Otherwise had an interesting run. Lots of compass and pace work, which mostly worked well for me. I got confused on 3 to 4 trying to follow the linear rocky areas down the hill. I did eventually hit the trail, but it was quite a bit lower than where I wanted to and since I was unsure of where I was I ran all the way up to the top bend to have a clear attack. Splits seem to say I lost about 4 minutes.
Enjoyed the woods, enjoyed the course, just didn't like that moment after download when you look at the splits and go D'oh!
Trail-O race 1:06:00  *** 1.99 mi (33:10 / mi) +32m31:35 / mi spiked:15/16c shoes: Inov8 F-lite 195
Trail-o at French Creek. As I ran the classic course today, I was trying to figure out how you do trail-o in this terrain, but the pool area that was used was a great spot. I really enjoyed the course. The one control I missed was number 6. Many people solved this using a line through the pool corners. I didn't notice that, so I used a line, that was far further from perpendicular. I also tried to pace it off, but neither of those methods is as good as the pool corners.
The only other controls where I had doubts were 1 and 2. At 1 I just wasn't sure what the feature was and the controls seemed too far away from the standpipe that I could see. At 2 I just felt the area was poorly mapped and other than the landform feature itself, nothing seemed to point to a control. But everything I looked at led to crazy different spots. In the end I applied the Clare rule both times with success.
One control was thrown out. I'm still not sure I agree with that. It seemed like all of the complaints were about fairly small things compared with more obvious ways to solve the problem. It wasn't different in quality than other controls on the course. I almost feel as though It was thrown out just to appease Sharon and avoid having to convene a jury.
Also wondering about the map. After getting notes that indicated many point symbol sizes were smaller than standard it appeared to be the opposite. Most symbols seemed to be the size of a blown up ISOM map instead of being the size specified by ISSOM. A map with correctly sized symbols might have been easier to get accurate lines from.
Happy anyway! I was tied for second place (three of us with the same time on timed controls). I met my primary goal for the weekend, which was to replace my high ranking score that is rolling off with another high score.