Orienteering 1:26:15  **** 6.6 km (13:04 / km) +360m 10:16 / km
spiked:4/17c shoes: orienteering shoes
Day one of the NEOC A-meet. I had a fairly mediocre run....
I had trouble getting into the map at the beginning. On the first control, I had a ton of hesitation and had to stop and re-establish contact with the map. Controls 2 and 3 I actually found quite quickly, but I nearly didn't check both of them because I was slightly off to the side and didn't think they were mine. The run just felt rough and controls felt lucky.
I did fairly well on the longer legs more towards the middle of the run. But I lost time on some short legs that should have been simpler. Control 12 was my worst mistake of the run, and the only timeloss that wasn't primarily because of hesitation. I ended up on a somewhat parallel spur north of the feature that I was trying to find, and it took me awhile to relocate.
The legs got longer as the course went on, so as I started to orienteer better, I also started to get physically more tired.
I guess things just felt off & I made some significant mistakes, but the greatest one was probably 6 minutes--it used to take me longer to relocate.
The terrain was *very* hilly, with loose rocks hidden under leaves on the slopes that made contouring a bit tricky. There was a really beautiful view of the whole valley on one of the legs that almost made me stop for a moment :).
It was wonderful to see everyone again! I miss you guys :).