Orienteering 1:02:46  *** 5.0 km (12:33 / km) +185m 10:36 / km
spiked:8/12c shoes: VJ Iroc
West Point A-event - Jackie Jones Mountain Green Y course. Surely I would be bulletproof today in my new Kevlar(r) Iroc shoes? I had forgotten how special this terrain is. This course left me wanting more. I was clean up through 6 and having more fun orienteering than I have in a long time. But after checking in at 6, my brain checked out.
I'm always amazed at the creative ways you can find to screw up in this sport. I've done 180's before but I'm not sure I've ever done a 90. Leaving 6, I set my compass using the edge of the map to align to north. My map was folded tightly and I failed to realize that the edge of the map was aligned east-west, not north-south. I realized my error after reaching the stream west of the control but should have caught it much sooner if I had been reading the map. I tried to recover but ended up a bit west of 7 and fumbled around for a while. 4 minutes lost on what should have been one of the easier controls.
Still smarting from 7, I proceeded to blow 8, losing a couple more minutes after being too high. On the long leg, I went right running the major trail a good ways and then climbing to attack off the clearing at the building. As I was nearing the top of a really steep climb, I looked at the map more carefully and realized I could have avoided about 5 contours by going further right and then through the saddle NE of the building.
On 11-12 went up and over but it looks like going around the hill to the left might have been more optimal.
This was a beautifully crafted course which certainly did justice to the terrain. I just wish my brain had held together better over the 2nd half. A fine weekend of orienteering from the cadets.