Orienteering1:26:23 5.23 mi (16:31 / mi) +117m15:27 / mi ahr:150 max:193 12c
Great course at Winnewanna.
Despite losing to Igor on one relatively straightforward control, I am satisfied because: I couldn't use my glasses most of the run, and I arrived late which usually makes me stress and error-prone.
Not 100% clean, but good. If I could get some more speed down on the fast legs, it would really be fun!
1 - trail to power line, find place to turn in with easy running, cross spur, look for hill. Igor's version is better 2. Mean to run right at it, green be darned, but was not tidy on compass and slid down the hill, then misread the trail bend so cut in wrong, but corrected okay. 3. It's possible the swamp was faster! Some green in there, and some company, I think BNM and Ken L. 4. Nice swamp crossing! I misread a gentle road bend as the sharper turn by the number four, so I jumped, then saw a swamp and went for it, but noticed all the green and gave up since I was bamboozled by parallel. Glasses off, as they were useless. Stuck in bag. I have 20/50 vision, so I lose sharpness of features beyond a few dozen meters. 5. Crappy exit (will work on that....), the I figured because this was a known danger zone, I'd go via 8 and string depressions until switching to hills with rocks. Lost my line slightly, so tried to re-anchor with the green-ringed depression, but I picked up the two small erosion gullies which made me certain. 6. No navigation here, set a compass and look for a big hill and avoid climb when possible.
7. Previously, I strung together trees to hold a bearing, but today, I noticed some clear shots through trees, and maybe that's a faster way to run straight, spot some runnable route on the bearing. Deliberately took valley to small depression for solidness, then compass bearing to c. 8. Straight! How did I not see the orange flag when I crossed the marsh? That's just FOCUS! Then got the banana depression, then compass and over the spur to 8. 9. Carnage! Tried to avoid climb, ended up sort of a terrace level above intended, then corrected from trail, found another flag (36 Green!), decided Mark V doesn't miss hang, so I had to relocate from trail. ARGH but lesson learned. 10. Regain confidence by not going cross country. Cut in early but it doesn't really save much/any climb. 11. Rounded corner, definitely good. Then find the small trail and head into swamp from last open hill. 12. Already soaked, no question! Straight! Elephant tracks until you see me and Igor diverge. Mine wasn't too bad, hard to run but not bad walking. Brief panic seeing 55 after I punched my 45. Have I been checking c numbers? We hope so! Straight more swamp crossing to finish, esp. knowing I didn't have a blazing kick left.