Orienteering race 1:27:35  *** 8.2 km (10:41 / km)
US Classic Champs @ Bear Brook, Blue Day 2
And challenged again. I was doing fine, cruising around until #11, when I had a close miss and then really on #12, which I spent a whole bunch of time failing to truly relocate and just kinda head-less chickening in a too-far area with Brendan and Andrew. Not good. #13 was also pretty bad (jeez, three in a row!), but then okish from there on in, racing around Jon T.
Maybe the common thread to those three mistakes was just not staying in enough contact along the way. I did still find it difficult to make sense of all the contours in crazy-boulder-land, it's just such a jumble without really any sort of pattern at all.
Ok, the blow-by-blow.
#1 - Fear of vague and knowing light green is kinda slow, I stayed on the trail until the junction with the little trail, then went along the side of the hill and too a bearing and pace counted from there.
#2 - Out on a rough bearing W to the little trail, had bent more N than I meant to, as I had to run along it a ways. Then kept good track of the yellow until the boulder in medium green just about 80m away from the control and just went straight in from there. Helped by someone in a US uniform just leaving it.
#3 - Yellow, then cutting to the left of hill with a cliff, then hopped back on yellow, but went a bit on the wrong one up to far and had to correct. A bit lucky, honestly, wasn't in perfect contact.
#4 - Started straight S on the broad spur, passed the two boulders in a row, then down and up and fell into a reentrant just left of the line that lead me nicely in. Slight hesitation before climbing the hill before the mini-marsh.
#5 - Hm, not perfect memory how I started this one, I think south, until boulders then bent left a bit, hill was pretty obvious from the flat before it.
#6 - Racing Ethan a bit, on a bearing, keeping track of ups and downs. Was a bit right of the line, followed the ridge south to the boulder.
#7 - Ethan led, flying through two reentrants then up over hill and down to stream-side knoll.
#8 - On a bearing a bit left because hit stream junciton. Ethan stopped to tie his shoe, so back on my own. Followed the trail of boulders up, hit the boulders in the reentrant nicely.
#9 - On a bearing straight E, crossed stream and saw the row of boulders to the right, used the reentrant, but didn't sense the contours perfectly as I headed too far right and explored other boulders first, before seeing a peak of orange off to my left. A little more compass to not deviate?
#10 - Never saw hill with 3 boulders, must have been a bit right, went over hourglass shaped hill and headed over to broad hill top to trop into the control.
#11 - Hit the nice saddle of the broad reentrant about 200m along the leg, then hopped over to the marsh, which I went through, because it wasn't so bad. Then I tried to just go on a straight bearing N from there, but deviated left, perhaps *very* close to the control. Maybe I should have looked more for the shape of the hill the depression was associated with than the depression itself. And I should have more carefully relocated off the yellow I found myself in (I decided I was too far right when I was too far left...).
#12 - Knew exactly where I was on a bit of yellow only 250m from the control, but then must have been just slightly left of my bearing and had my patience to figure things out taken away by Brendan and Andrew being a round and continuing on and stopping in a swamp that I then figured must be the swamp *before* 12 even though that really made no sense based on how far we'd gone. Disappointed that it took me so very long to put everything together. 1) I should have noticed the marshyness I was in was North-south, not NE-SW like I wanted. 2) I should have judged the distance there better and thus looked wider while attempting to relocate.
#13 - Difficult in crazy-boulder land zone. I went around marsh on its left, and then I can't quite put together where I was until I was off the the right in a zone of distinct pines (turns out, marked on the map!) in a low zone. Couldn't really place that along the line, incorrectly decided that it was maybe the rocky L shaped low kinda along the way where I wanted to be (too optimistic...). Finally put things together when Magnus was dashing up E from where I was, not cool that it took that for me to figure things out...
#14 - Compass, some keeping track of ups and downs and then boulder-spotting towards the end. I thought it was in the nook of a reentrant below though, so didn't initially spring into action when I saw a control on a boulder. Suppose more attn to control descriptions would be good!
#15 - Got up to rocky nose just right of the line, then contoured a bit, climibng up to the shelf and taking a bearing in from a boulder on a nose nearby.
#16 - Tumbled over to the ride, then ride, then big trail and then used the ride to go into #16. Maybe should have stayed on the trail even longer, actually.
#17 - Went left of line to overgrown narrow ride then a bit of trail before cutting from its corner. Then used the double boulders from the next trail.
#18 - Was using the trail, but then I got hooked up to the higher ride instead? Hm, not sure how/where that happened. used the little trail for a bit on far side of the road before cutting over, down cliffs, along marsh and in. Went down a little to far N, had to back track, would have been better to go down one reentrant earlier.
#19 - Had a look at the leg, decided I wanted to come in from the trail, so just booked in N for awhile, then saw Jon T. ahead of me (had been haunting around him since the ill-fated #12) and kept the pace up. He led about the same pace down the trail, about 25m ahead and turned off just where I wanted to, at the slight bend. On a bearing from there, he found before me, so I was led in.
#20 - Oh, some vagueness challenge to finish again. On a bearing and pace counting, ran into what I hoped was the mapped roostock a little before, Jon snuck away more confident to the boulder, but at least I found before bouncing off the stone wall!
#21 - Tumble down through thick, road run, in.