Orienteering 2:05:47  11.0 km (11:26 / km)
Wow, that course ate me for breakfast!! Pretty bad mistakes on first three (only giving myself the first one as getting-used-to-1:15) and an additional bad miss at the between-double-boulders in low visibility to 10.
It was *so* worth it to drive 14h alone for just this race and the Middle. I didn't do great, but these races challenged both my navigation and physical woods running in a way I needed before WOC.
1 - Stayed on trail up through the steep bit in the green, then on a bearing pretty straight W. Think I must have been on the spur right under the line *sure* it was my knoll and super confused why there was no control on it. I was also expecting control on far side of knoll when it was on near side, if I'd correctly read my CD, I might have deflected south instead of spending so much time on that spur. As it was, bounced of indistinct trail to it.
2 - Ran trail to junction, then downhill on bearing, but missed to the E. Should have more firmly located on rocks just N of 2. Was counting on seeing linear marsh, but never really did.
3 - Crossed closer marsh on a bearing, ended up too far W on hill and I wanted to go S from there for some reason, luckily I actually looked and paid attention to my compass and corrected. I must have been going more on feel and less on compass crossing marsh, because that was *way* off. Good lesson.
4 - Ok, a little timid trying to stay on the narrow white woods.
5 - Trail run, chose the right-hand optino for the first hill, but still looks pretty equal to me.
6 - Some battling through thick veg, but ok.
7 - Off significantly to left, pushed by green at beginning?
8 , 9 - Ok
10 - Ug, terrible. Hard approach through lots of low-vis and thick vegetation and then control very hard to see between two boulders about 1m apart. I was really looking for the little form-line reentrant they were in and had many hypotheses about being there, but I must have been futzing around on the v. green hill top to the SE. Finally relocated on the yellow hilltop SW and in.
11 - Another not great one. Used te trail and then stream, but followed along stream too long and had to hike far up the hill again. Should have not been tempted by the easy stream running for too long! Otherwise, I think the route I intended to follow was good.
12 - Ok
13 - Lost just a big high, again needed more sure attackpoint heading in.
14 - Went on or just right of line, seems to have been fast, marsh crossing wasn't that bad.
15 - Grateful for trails at this point.
16 - Again, trails.