I thought it would be fun to finish the 31 day challenge with the West Campus course that Jagge set for me. You can see the map and Jagge's instructions at the link below:
I changed the start location and read the map for 1 and 2 in the stretch before I crossed the road. Otherwise, I generally followed the instruction (except I never took splits).
You can't tell from the map, but several of the yellow areas were not fast - they were waist to chest deep grass and brush. Those areas are around controls 4, 11, 14 and 15. Actually, 11 isn't really that bad.
From my track, I missed a couple of the controls. I didn't go far enough on 2. did a pretty good job of going to the center of the circle. I didn't really hit 4 (somewhat influenced by the crappy vegetation). I was slightly off at 6 and 8. I didn't go into the junky vegetation to get 14. I didn't go all the way to 16 - that was a mix of fighting in junky vegetation and not having a very clear idea of where the circle was located (it is pretty vague).
The exercise was fun. I especially like having the circles on no feature. That encourages you to navigate by big features and relationships. It is also a nice way to use a familiar map (though I don't really feel like I have trouble using familiar maps).
I screwed up one of the segments. When I was leaving 8 and planning, I only planned 9 and 10. I didn't even think about planning the next leg. I had time, but I just didn't realize that I was supposed to plan to 11. When I got to 10, I looked at the map and realized what I'd done. So, I walked a bit and decided that the best thing to do was just take a quick glance at 11 and then get going. So that's what I did. I didn't feel like I took a long enough look, but the track looks like I did a good job at control 11.
It is very wierd to run with a map, but to not look at it. I used to do a lot of "map memory" courses where I'd look at a leg, plan it, then put away the map and run. But, I don't really do that anymore and I rarely plan ahead, so I'm used to looking at the map.
31st of 31.
The 31 day challenge is over.