I was very disappointed by my race today; it seems that I have forgotten how to orienteer. I look forward to the opportunity to redeem myself tomorrow. More on the course later. It's revealing that ken
ran only 8.83 km to visit the same set of controls. Also, how was my finish split 72% longer than the winning finish split? One possibility is that the two finish boxes were not synchronized properly, and the timing had drifted.
with drawn-in route in red. Zomg 5.
Before the race, it would have been good to know that the contours and marshes were very vague. Sometimes, I failed to notice small hills and marsh boundaries that were to be used as check features. This is noticeable at 5, where I didn't realize I was in a marsh at all. When I had success checking features off, as on the route to 6, I navigated well. Nevertheless, I'm out of practice making and executing plans, so for the first few controls, I had an unacceptably high probability of failure due to lack of thoroughness and focus.
Total error: 12:30
1: - I got lucky; I didn't really have a plan apart from going straight and trying to pick off (indistinguishable) features.
2: Didn't have a plan; I should have aimed further to the south and attacked off the cliff. 2:00
3: Started orienteering. I had trouble determining which marsh I had crossed, but apart from some uncertainty, hit the easy control fine. 0:20
4: clean except for a 20 second bobble in the circle picking out the right reentrant. 0:20
5: I went very wide on a vague hillside. I crossed a marsh without realizing it, and didn't pick up on the big boulders I had passed. I knew I had overshot, but I ran into it while I was trying to relocate. 4:00
6: A clean leg, though I was uncertain on final approach.
7: I'm happy that I went left, but my plan out of 6 to the edge of the lake was fraught with failure - I should have left 6 north and picked off the pond and marsh. 1:30
8: some of my best contour reading through thick vegetation; I caught up to Magnus (4 minutes ahead).
9: We both bailed to the road, but I reached it first and broke away. I attacked well, though I drifted slightly north.
10: Flushed with my success, I undershot because I was afraid I would overrun it on the trail. 1:00
11: I oversimplified and drifted slightly too far to the north, but I corrected and punched 0:27 ahead of Magnus.
12: I misread the contours leaving 11 - I had planned to run over the eastern side of the broad hill and lost a minute figuring it out. Magnus came into view as I punched, and I resolved to break away on 13. 1:00
13: I ran around to the stream; should have gone straight; the footing on the stream wasn't good. 1:00
14: My excessive adversity to climb led me to the right; I picked off the saddle and ran past 18 rather than taking a straight route through the reentrant. 13 had considerable vegetation, so I ran south to the ridge. The numerous hills around 14 were confusing, but I managed to hit the right one.
15: I ran over the hill on the line, and descended into the control, but apparently found boulders to the east more attractive. 1:00 lost.
16: Clean down the spur; the rocky hillside north of 16 was an overt attackpoint. I somehow inverted the reentrant, so I was surprised to find it rising to the south.
17: A decent, though tentative leg; I ran above the rocky hill face, then picked off reentrants into the control. I lost 0:40 to ken, but probably due to hesitation and caution.
18: Clean and fast. The depression was such an obvious collecting feature that there was little risk. I apparently slowed midway on the leg because I was afraid I was drifting left. My drawn-in route shows that I thought I was more left than I was.
19: Clean; the rocky spur was so obvious that it was nearly impossible to miss. I didn't have a good mental picture of the rocks in the circle, and hesitated clambering over to the control.
20: Tried to contour and follow the edge of the depression, but ended up too low and overshot. Attacked off a cadet. 0:20 error.
21: Trivial, but apparently slow - 0:20 to ken, 0:35 to an overzealous cadet.