orienteering race 1:26:34  *** 6.2 km (13:58 / km) +190m 12:06 / km
13c shoes: Inov8 O-roc 280 Red
QOC Quinquagenary - Beaver Dam Run - F35+ (Green Y)
Cool walk to the start past gigantic obstacle course equipment. Woods today were wide open and beautiful.
Out of start ran down the trail to the sharp 90 degree bend just after the stream and entered the woods there. Passed the ammo can on top of the little hill, crossed the ride with more cans, but somehow ended up a bit to the right and started worrying when the control didn't pop up. Looked to the left and saw branches of a downed tree, went over there, and it was the rootstock.
On way to number 2, bowed too far right, came to a barbed wire fence with red and blue tape on it, momentarily freaked out. I knew the OOB was to be marked and was possibly dangerous and I couldn't remember the specifics of the markings. Yet there was no way I should have reached the OOB area that fast, so I continued. Then saw the actual OOB area coming up on the left, with solid tapes the whole way around it. Used this to guide me up to the area of broken ground and the control.
Down the hill to the stream junction and up past the rocks and cairns to 3. Compass straight to 4, then down the hill and across the river at the road (nice cinder blocks here to use as stepping stones) and back into the woods on the other side. Was a little bit left of 5 but looked over and saw it.
Another straight one to 6, picking off features. Decided to go out to the road to 7, just to give myself a tiny mental break. Went back in at the road/gravel road junction, could just see the opening where the building is on my left (but not the building itself) and passed the 2 other rootstocks on the way to mine. Then straight to 8.
Cut out to the gravel road, took the left fork, counted 3 ammo cans and then went down the edge of the broad spur to 9, encountering another control in an earlier reentrant as well. Then went south to the trail, cut the corner down to the stream, ran through the yellow area (saw interesting hut made of bamboo and labeled Victory Village). Went off corner, crossed stream, discovered one of the black x on the way to 10 was actually a pile of rusted metal garbage. Got 10, went out to road, entered woods on other side at concrete culvert, then kept weird long skinny hilltop to left into 11.
Straight at 12, seeing many other people now. Out to trail and up toward 13. Right before left turn, passed by 4 military guys wearing packs (and not orienteering). They entered an obstacle at the intersection which was a mud pit under barbed wire. I turned left and headed for the go control. A moment later they all passed me again.
Go control and in to the finish for a good day.