Orienteering 1:22:09  6.2 km (13:15 / km) +190m 11:29 / km
Green Y course at US Classic Champs. I had switched to Green back when I first registered, when I was feeling in better shape. As I was driving to the event, I started thinking that I should be running Brown since I have done next to no training. But, I was signed up for Green, so Green it was. And I am pretty happy with how I did for the weekend.
Today started out sub-optimally. I drifted too far left on the way to #1 and went past it. I came to some barbed wire fencing which was flagged and thought, "Wow, I wonder why they didn't put this on the map. It's pretty prominent." That should have been my first warning sign! After crossing the fence and getting within sight of the out of bounds area, I figured out where I was and went back to get 1. Ugh!
Controls 2 - 4 went fine, as did #5 but that one could have been bad. As soon as I left the road after the river, nothing was looking like what I thought it should. So, I just keep following my compass bearing and thought, "Just go a little further and figure out where you are." Not a good plan! Just as I stopped to try to sort things out, I looked to my right and there was my control! Sweet!
Six was fine, but I again drifted too far left on my way to #7. I was very shaky as to where I was, hoping I could pick something out when I saw a weird linear stony area. I was convinced that should be on the map, so I looked in a wide radius of where I thought I was on the map, and then I saw a tiny sliver of a stone wall symbol. Bingo! After that, I went right to #7.
A few too many hesitations going to #9, but the visibility was pretty low, and I didn't want to miss it. Ten was good, and I got in with a crowd on the way to 11, so I was going faster. Followed the trail into the last control and in to the finish.
I finished 4th, but 10 minutes back from third place, so I figured I was going to be out of the medals for the weekend, which is about what I expected.