Orienteering race 1:20:56  *** 5.66 km (14:18 / km)
spiked:9/11c slept:6.5 shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3
Brown X at Hay Creek, near French Creek. Nominally 4.6 km, 150m. It was cool and breezy at the parking area but warmer in the woods, near 60F
Favored the knee on the way to start and on the course, only jogging when I was on a trail that didn't have rocks on it. Good to 1, following the ditch/old trail most of the way until I could see the spur to hop over; there was a man lying in the woods behind some downed branches who was probably trying to hunt, but with three or four folks in the area when I was there I wondered why he hadn't given up. Unless he was taking pictures but it didn't look like it.
Tentative to 2 but found it okay, then left the trail headed towards 3 but a bit lower than needed. Saw a flag to my right, down the hill, but was pretty sure it wasn't mine, but as I got even with it thought it might be a depression so I checked the code anyway---nope, definitely not mine. Headed back up the hill, crossed right over the platform near the edge of the circle, and in. Probably lost at least 5 minutes.
Mary Jo punched not far behind, and then got to 4 ahead of me (I attacked from the depression next to the trail), and I never saw her again. PG flew past at the trail junction and headed on down the ditch while I tried to stay parallel to it in the woods since I thought the ditch had more stuff to climb over. No problem finding 5. Contoured to the trail and managed to find the intermittent trail towards 6 though there wasn't an obvious junction, which I followed to the edge of the steep slope. Stopped long enough to figure out how to pick my way down through the rocks and down the hill, and spotted the flag halfway down. 7 was a piece of cake, between a trail and stream. Saw the long trail route around to 8 as the obvious route for runners but knowing I wasn't running, I decided to take the more direct route up and over, keeping the green slash to my right. No problem finding it, and probably more interesting than trying to jog and not get more hurt on the trail.
To 9 I angled a bit off the straight line figuring the reentrant beyond the control would catch me if I wasn't precise, but at the right distance I spotted the flag 30m to my left, then in. Happy to finish with no further damage and the knee feeling okay though not super happy about running.
And I managed to stay in 2nd behind Mary Jo (Linda ran F21 this weekend) who was about 30 minutes ahead overall.
Excellent courses and organization by DVOA, and Valerie did her magic again at the finish/results.
Uploaded track, which seems to include the bus ride back to parking at Daniel Boone school. I've adjusted the time and distance but am not sure of total climb.