Hiking (Trail) 22:35  0.98 mi (23:03 / mi) +64m 19:09 / mi
Bull Run Marina, VA - Here for the QOC orienteering event in Fountainhead Regional Park, I hiked to the start while talking with Dave Pruden. Max and Maggie were walking just ahead.
Orienteering (Foot) 1:20:07  4.42 mi (18:08 / mi) +269m 15:14 / mi
QOC: Fountainhead Regional Park (West). Vido Alexsiev set some fun courses today. They were steeper than anticipated from the listed climb but he later explained that he generally picks the middle between routes going straight, and those going around reentrants. I made a few baubles but nothing big. Unfortunately I was just starting to make one when I ran into my very lost son Max and I incorrectly told him where we were (just further up a reentrant than I pointed to on the map). It was his first full course since getting a concussion in high school football practice and he finished 2 hours for a Brown course.
S-1 - I took the trail, then cut across to shorten the distance. At the trail and in sight of the place it crossed the stream, I paused a while trying to figure out where the reentrant I needed was. I crossed the creek off trail, climbed up and landed in it.
1-2 - I went straight, hitting the trail above where it crosses a stream the second time. I got in the reentrant but was low. Fortunately, I looked right, perhaps being drawn to Francis Hogel at the control and punching.
2-3 - Straight, and I spiked it. I did pause before crossing the stream.
3-4 - I tried going straight but came across to the left. Realizing it, I contoured over to the right.
4-5 - I largely went straight, but paused above the detailed reentrant system. Going left and right a little, I could see the control or the reentrant needed. I crossed and realized it was further up in the next smaller reentrant system.
5-6 - I went straight initially, going down the right side of the large reentrant after the trails. I crossed over after the side reentrant on the left, then contoured in.
6-7 - I started to go around on the left, but decided it was too long for someone moving as slowly as I was. I cut right going up the reentrant, getting almost to the top of the reentrant before heading at the control. I paused looking across the next big reentrant to make sure I knew which ditch to follow. I hit it well, and saw David Onkst and John Baker leaving the control.
7-8 - Straight, with a little contouring at the end.
8-9 - Glad to have a longer leg, I went fairly straight initially. I decided that getting on the ridge would be better to get around the deadfall ahead so I went up, hit the cairn 120m from the control, and attacked successfully. The control was visible more than 50m away.
9 10 - Straight, while keeping track of the reentrants I crossed. Getting into the lst one, I had to correct my mental map from the control being on the right side to it being on the left. No real time was lost but I paused about a second.
10-11 - I went a bit right of straight but deadfall pushed me back to the left. Hitting the trail, I turned right, took it to the bend, then ran down. I hit bottom one side reentrant higher than I thought I had. It felt wrong because it was so quick to get there. It was just after this that Max stopped me and I told him incorrectly where we were. I climbed after this and realized my error pretty quickly. I got back on track following reentrants down and contouring at the end. I lost at least a minute.
11-12 - Straight, and hitting it well.
12-13 - I cut right initially but when I realized there was a small reentrant before getting to the water edge, I cut left. I worked my way up to #13 going somewhat straight from the bend of the cove but it was slow. All the going straight up steep hills earlier was catching-up with me.
13-14 - I should have read this leg longer but fatigue was weighing on me and I wasn't thinking that well. I was drawn to the route on the trail to the right, but I took the left one since it seemed more direct. I'd taken the right trail on similar legs in the past. Once I got back to the trail, I left it after crossing the stream and rejoined it later. I eventually attacked the control from the trail bend SW of the control. The circle was hiding on reentrant.
14-15 - I went straight initially. Going more to the right might have been better. I eventually attacked from the trail and saw a guy I'd passed earlier cutting in ahead of me. I'm not sure if he was on the same course as I.
15-16 - I ran most of this off trail, but eventually was forced higher.
16-F - I figured I should take the trail as past races have been better that way. However I tried to go straight after crossing the stream on the trail. I ran into more deadfall than was mapped, then climbed higher than needed to compensate. This apparently lost me 2 minutes.
Overall, not bad. Better training could have me keeping up the pace longer.