Orienteering race 1:25:26  6.3 mi (13:34 / mi) +200m 12:21 / mi
ROC Event at Letchworth East
It was a Club Series event (#4 out of 5) but since I hadn't run any of the previous three, I decided to go for the long course rather than my "age class".
Wasn't going to take the trail and ended up doing a "90" to get to it. Heard folks at the cabin and decided to go low to preserve their privacy, but got caught in muck and green - should have taken the driveway. As I approached the control, Mike Lyons, who started a minute behind me, passed me having taken the driveway. Oh well. 4:13
Down the hill, skirting the Posted signs and out to the loop on the road. Off the loop (instead of the spur - small mistake) and down to the flat. Saw Mike cutting left to right quickly as if leaving the control and was confused because I expected it on my right. Stopped, spotted the small hill/knoll from which he must have relocated and realized that the reentrant I wanted was indeed to my right, albeit with the flag higher than I was. 8:37
Straight bearing, crossing both reentrants and following Joel Shore into the control. 2:45
Down the hill to the trail via the path of least resistance. Down the trail until there was a plain to my right. Angled in to the control that had two nice folks drawing my attention. 6:08
Down the terribly footing of the stream to the hill. Trying to stay dry, I hit the hill about 30m left of the control. 2:00.
Trying to stay at the foot of the hill, but also keep dry and out of the swamp. Crossed the first reentrant, but the second one looked too small. Went up and pushed on, and sure enough there was a third with the right shape. Went down a deer trail on the far side, but couldn't find the control. Was really becoming disheartened when I looked right and saw it about 15m away. This is not good to be missing them by so little and seeing nothing. 7:51.
Again down and hug the swamp while staying dry. As I approached the terrace saw someone in yellow (Vince) coming in from the hill side. Confused, but not by the control. 5:12.
Vince stayed low, but I found a deer trail a bit higher that got me to the second stream a bit ahead of him and a bit higher. Cut up the hill with no problems other than a lack of energy. 5:11.
Up the hill, but I drifted east a bit as the going was easier. Angled in off the trail to compensate, got on the ridge and found the control even as I heard others calling out asking where it was. 3:46.
"Snuck off" towards #10, but got high a bit too soon and caught in all sorts of green brambly stuff. Bailed out low, but then had to go high again to get into the flag. All around sloppy. 4:27.
Down to the trail, but I drifted west without realizing it. I ended up on the spur to the west as I saw Mike Lyons coming up the hill. Oh my, he must be having a bad run. Oh wait, it's Nate, not Mike. Perhaps his course has my control on that spur. So, I explore to no great effect until I recognize the berm at the top. I now see Vince (who has apparently caught me again) heading down what I now believe is the correct spur. I get there and there are other folks, but no Vince - not my problem; I just punch. 7:11
Pass the group, run down the hill ahead of Gary with Vince in the distance. Vince stops and takes a 90 degree turn just where I expect the pond to be, so I veer off a bit and spike the control behind him and ahead of Gary. 2:36.
Angle down to the road and see Vince trying to reel in Eric B. They cut off the parking lot, but I continue a bit further on the road and cut in where it is flat. Do a full face plant about 30m shy of the control, hyperextending the knee, but still get there basically at the same time as them. 2;38.
Out to the road where there is now a train of four of us (Vince, Eric, Gary, and me). Down to the trail where I stop for the unannounced water. Angle in to the control, last of four in a tight pack. 7:01.
Follow Vince to the gorge trail as the other two go out to the road. Jump to the road much later when the gap is small and head up to the steep bank before cutting in. Boulder is hidden by the tree laying on it, but someone (not me) finds it first. 6:51.
Out to road, now second behind Vince who blows by the turn and misses the control, continuing as if he is going for the GO control. I head in at the clearing and spike it. The other two are still behind me. 4:07.
Back to the road where I now decide to take a time penalty and cut through the field so that I can warn Vince that he missed one. When I catch him leaving the GO control, he explains "not on Red" and keeps running. Wow, we seem to have the same course, but not quite. 3:15.
Across the field with Gary coming up behind. 1:29
Overall, a very sloppy run on a nice day. I later learn that Nate was on Red also and - despite his obvious mistake at #11 - beat me by 10 minutes!