Orienteering race (45%) 2:50:00  ** 10.8 km (15:44 / km) +390m 13:20 / km
A good race today: beautiful weather, leaves fallen leaving lots of visibility. The first 30 minutes was actually a disaster for me. I started with too much excitement, not enough attention to detail on the map, and an expectation that I'd easily see the cliff faces where I'd find my first control (#13). Eventually I did get #13, but from a different direction and at the end of the race. Turns out the cliffs I expected to see jutting up were actually down a slope and hidden from view from the trail.
After missing 13, I thought I knew where I was, but didn't ... twice, and 30 minutes into the race, I had no controls and found myself completely lost.
Then came a sudden calm, and I focused for the first time in the race. Suddenly it all came together: the fence, the nearby open space, the slope, and the creek. I figured if I was right, then heading down the creek would lead to a cliff face, and yep, there it was, and I was home free. From there I had maybe a couple minor errors (only one control I looked for I completely couldn't find), but at no point did I lose touch with the map. By the last hour, I was in the zone and spiking controls like clockwork. I hope it carries over to future meets.
11, 25, 26, 28, 32, 23, 24, 12, 13, 2, 1, 4, 5, 6 for 14 controls out of 31
Total distance, including a good guess at my initial screw up:
10, 800 meters
390 meters of elevation
(with 15 meters of elevation = to 100 meters flat, 13, 400 meters total)