orienteering 1:15:49  *** 7.9 km (9:36 / km) +275m 8:10 / km
Fun and challenging course, thanks Joe! Nice terrain, perfect weather for running.
1 Trail to the left, over the hill, slowed down and read features
2 Bad route, very zig-zagy, should have gone straight
3 Went straight, but didn't pick an AP and ended up running around, seeing the stone wall, went back to locate the pond. When I finally found the control Cristina was there.
4 Rounded the marsh, easy to read contours
5 Felt chased, speeded it up, to the left of the line, seemed to be focusing better under pressure
6 Same to this control, rounded to the left, passed the grill/smoke stack(?)
7 Trail to the left (figured I would be able to look at the next leg), not so good, passed my junction had to turn around, no problem finding the control from the trail though. Saw Cristina again but lost her on the long leg.
8 Went right on the trail just to pass the thickest green, then straight, passed the yellow trail, followed the stonewall, was going well BUT then didn't pay attention to my compass and started climbing the hill to my left(!) Took a while before I discovered. Down to the trail, up the hill, into the reentrant, passed #16, passed big trail. THEN mistake number 2 on this leg, I had planned to take the small trail, but it was really slow AND I didn't get off it in time, through green, passed the pond(!). No problem once I got to the big trail, navigating to the control.
9 Straight, followed the trail to the junction, compass
10 Straight, beared too much right, wrong side of the streams, corrected
11 To the right of the line, used the nice big boulders as AP
12 Trail until bend after small boulder, compass to big trail, even if I was right I hesitated and ran to the left to see the junction, back down, compass along the green, got the control nicely
13 Went to the left of the line, down the reentrant, plan was to follow the marsh, but then I hesitated went up by the trail-turn with a boulder, over the hill.
14 Beared too much right, rounded the long cliff and then up
15 To the right of the line, not sharp
16 To the right of the line, ok
17 To the right of the line, up reentrant, trail
Hmm, me looking at the map during the race and after are two different things. While racing, it's kind of blurry, sometimes I have a hard time figuring out exactly how I got to the control.. Afterwards I see much clearer, can simplify, find good routes. Think I should give myself more time, even standing still if that's what it takes, to look at the map, chose how to go. I should also focus on picking APs, something that I can run really fast against and only paying attention to my compass and a few feautures along the way.