Maps and a few comments from last weekend --
Middle distance (Red course)
1. Just went right at it. Think I was about right but didn't see it (I went out later to take another look....). Clue was a fallen tree, turned out the fallen tree was hung up, trunk was at about 45 degrees, control was on the south side. At that point I was semi-screwed, didn't know where I was. Checked out the next knoll to the east, and beyond it was a control in a low area, though not mine. Still didn't know where I was. Turned back to the west and lucked into my control. Lost 2 or 3 minutes, a lot of time standing around.
2. Time to get moving. Thick where I hit the low area, didn't see the flag, turned left, hit the trail, turned back. Another minute gone.
3. Really time to get moving. Barely picked up the intermittent trail, was navigating mainly by the open are off to my left. But the reentrant SE of the control was quite distinct. Turned there, spotted the control.
4. Never saw the trail, navigated by the marsh.
5. Out of control. Just running NW, not in touch, confused by thicker stuff, not sure if I was right or left. Out to field to check. Another couple minutes gone.
6. Past the end of the field, crossed another trail without seeing it, but followed compass and left side of shallow spur.
7. Trail, compass, read the contours, very distinct, easy.
8. Through the crap, along field, down the trail a ways, turned in, surprised that I had already gone too far.
9. Compass, aiming for marsh.
10. Out of control again, no plan, quite confused until I crossed the bike path, just before it turned my ankle, hobbling all the way to control. Good part was I was starting to understand what the marshes looked like.
11. North to the bike trail, then in.
12 and 13. No problem, ankle getting better.
Finish. Missed the trail, got hung up in thorns at the edge of the field. Overall, ran hard, got tired, way too much out of control orienteering, but some ok too.
Much better, though it was also much easier. Got tired towards the end.
1-5. Out to the open as much as possible. Maybe not always the fastest, but safe.
6. A little left of west, then a little right, control popped up right in front of me.
7. On compass, stopped short, thought a bit, went a little farther, very happy to see it.
8-Finish. No problems, was doing better at looking ahead, spotting controls from a distance.
Classic distance (Red course)
A surprising day. Woods were supposed to be quite thick, but thanks to a good course, we saw only the best parts and could run around most of the crap. So speed (8 min/km) was much better than expected.
1. Trail, past the marsh, nice woods.
2. Compass and contours, scattered barberry (lots of little thorns), could avoid most of it.
3. Checking off reentrants, turned left when I was supposed to.
4. Woods weren't bad, just trying to find the line of least resistance to the field.
6. First sloppiness. Got the control ok, but was meandering a bit on the way.
7. Had first thought to go east to main trail, then north, but on reflection (while I was going to 5), it seemed the road was better. Which I'm sure it was. Zapped my ankle again on the little trail through the dark green. Limping badly to 7, eased up a lot shortly thereafter.
8. Lucky to spot the trail through the green south of the marsh. But then blew control, totally mindless -- was heading up the wrong reentrant when I saw Karl Ahlswede cutting across my route (he had just left 8). Boy he must be lost was my reaction. Nope.
9. Got helped into 9 by Karl and a couple others coming out.
10. Caught Karl.
11. Ok execution. Control was easy, but getting past the junk 3/4 of the way was a little tricky.
12. Another road run, my specialty.
13 and finish. Getting tired, but still working hard. Pleased with the run, good way to finish the weekend on a positive note.