Orienteer race (long) 1:33:00  **** 8.4 km (11:04 / km) +475m 8:38 / km
GLOF 2010 Long
Lots of long legs against the grain of the long spurs afforded good route choices. Brutal, muddy climbs and a bit more green than in the postcard pictures of the event. Tough but enjoyable.
I eventually put things together but it took me a while.
1 - super long leg off right away and I stopped to get my choice right. Going right saved climb, offered more paths and a safe attack but the guys who blasted straight through had more success. Too much thinking, I guess.
2 - straight
3 - another long leg that I think I made a good choice but slogged a bit through the green. Lots of effort expended.
4 - POd about this. Ran along stream as handrail and undermapped low area and second stream split and I followed it at good clip until I hit the bottom of the escarpment. Trouble finding my error due to the map so relocated poorly and lost a couple minutes.
5 - easy
6 - tired of running through "white" woods so Laslo and I took the trail left and he ran away from me like a gazelle. Bobble at the end but route was a good choice.
7 - dumb-dumb route lost a few mins.
8 - fine but getting tired and I haven't even got my second map.
9 - gratuitous climb back to arena had me loopy and unable to remember which tree the control was hidden behind. Got my new map and felt dead but had a decent second loop.
10 - windy trail the whole way, over the big spur, easy but climby.
11 - straight, easy.
12 - trail right to avoid climb and provide safe attack.
13 - spike.
14 - contour around, easy.
15 - climb to trail, road, down, right after steep part, over spur, clean.
16 - steep, slippery initial climb killed me but well ran the rest.
17 - same killer ravine as map exchange. The only good thing about this muddy mess was that I knew I wouldn't be doing it again.
Well behind winner & Eugene. Doesn't look good but there were a lot of bright spots in there as I was in touch with my map the whole time and generally making good plans. I will take the good from this race and let the bad motivate some improvement.