Orienteering race 18:46  **** 1.8 km (10:26 / km) +55m 9:03 / km
spiked:9/16c shoes: Salomon SC3 Bl/Bl 3
Cabrillo College. First ever orienteering meet here. US Nationals Sprint Champs. Brown (Course 3) 1.8km, 55m climb, 16 controls
Start at 9:08. Felt pretty ready, legs only a little tired. Nice, cool weather. Trail shoes are essential as there are some sandy hillsides to traverse.
Quite a disappointing race for me. Never got the hang of the purple dashed lines; never saw the tunnel going to #4 (lost :13), didn't realize I could go on the lower level walkway to get to #5 (lost :30), and yet by #9, was in 4th, only :16 behind the course leader, Glen T, :04 behind Walter in 2nd, and :03 behind eventual course winner Steve Tarry, having rung up 3 #1's and a #2 in the first 9 controls. But then made a turn too early going to #10 (lost :35), didn't read the vegetation well on #11 (lost :20), couldn't find #12 on the map (lost :10), and stayed on the upper level going to #13 (lost :30). Despite all that, was still in a position to finish ahead of Chuck, who wound up first in M70, but then did not see that the wall E of #14 was mapped as passable (neither did others, like Walter and Glen; I think the mapping could have been clearer), so went all the way around, and then all the way around again leaving to go to #15. Wound up 1:01 behind Chuck; I'd been 2 seconds behind him after #13. On the other hand, Walter was 1:34 ahead of me at #13, and he lost even more than I did (1:40 to 1:06, compared to Chuck) on 14-15, so it's not really fair to say I was still in a position to win M70 at #13.
Definitely a venue we should use again for a major event. Parking, cafeteria for hanging out, arena, weather - all very good. Venue is quite complex, worthy of a challenging sprint. Just gotta fix a few things on the map and print it at a higher scale (or blow it up to a higher scale).
[Orienteering Sprint race]