O Cup #4 Ukrainian Club
Bendor and Graves Tract, East Gwillimbury
This was the closest orienteering event to Veinbuster's house in a long time so I talked him into trying his first O race. It was actually quite easy after I offered a solution to the old "I don't have a compass" problem.
Eugene and Igor had planned an interesting course with an O Cup box *and* an O Cup circle, which was a new one! It looked like a Venn diagram but the controls that fell into both "boxes" had to be visited twice if you wanted to count them in each box.
The main trails were hard-packed from local hikers so the running was fast. There wasn't much soft snow on top of the dense lower layer so it was pretty quick to move through the woods off-trail too. In a few steeper places, I managed to hit the ice layer, which added to the adventure.
I felt like I was running pretty well. I'd taped my gimpy ankle within an inch of its life although I never felt the tape kick into action. Most of the time my ankle is not inclined to get sprained, luckily. I've had some weird heel and arch pain since last weekend but I've been really fortunate that it hasn't been worse because it felt serious when it happened.
I was happy with my nav. I could have moved with more confidence from #3 to #4 but I'm happy with my route even though I walked too much of it. I left the trail a little early before #5 thinking it would be farther in the woods because my brain has trouble getting used to 1:5,000. Otherwise, I don't think I would change anything.
I surprised Eugene, who wasn't watching the finish yet, so that was nice! The SI software was confused by the controls that some people visited twice so the results will need manual adjustments but it looks like I won. :)
Thanks, Eugene and Igor! We came home with a bottle of wine and two nice crystal glasses.