The essence of orienteering well is to run fast and find all the controls along the way. One key part of this is to know when you are in the right place and to know where to look. This prevents you from being in roughly the right place and not seeing the control because you're not looking for it, and then spending the next 15 minutes or so wondering what you could possibly have screwed up so much. It also helps if you are aware of things like trails as you cross them so that you do not spend all this time wondering how it is that you haven't crossed it yet, and then figuring that you must have crossed it without realizing it but not realizing just *how long ago* you had crossed it and not going back long enough. Rinse, repeat. It is also best to figure out what feature a control is on when you find it *the first time* to help you relocate.
I had a bit of trouble with the second control today. This park (Ironwood) is neat because it is very flat and the features are subtle. It is not forgiving of lapses in concentration - it's a bitch to relocate. The course was great, and it's an excellent place to get in some training, which is why I was quite glad that there was more to be had the next day.
Mook also goofed the second control big time, so at least I was in good company.
I learned today that I am really bad at running in a straight line and that I can actually count my paces if I do a triple count. It's about 682838x easier than trying to double count. I already know how to deal with the running straight issue, I just need to practice it: reading ahead and looking ahead. Duh.
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