Orienteering race 1:51:28  *** 7.6 km (14:40 / km) +310m 12:11 / km
25c shoes: Paul (inov8 Mudclaw 270)
Day 2 Red, and really pretty terrible. My orienteering, that is, not the course, though it did seem to be a bit long (winning F-21+ was over 80 min).
I actually started out more or less okay, trying to stick to my plan of taking safe routes around the green stuff. That worked okay, but I seem to have been a little tired of doing that some of the time and instead tried to take straighter routes, only I didn't really focus on where I was actually going, other than a vague direction. Obviously that did not work well for me. The trouble started on the way to 5, I got a little confused around some bare rock and a bunch of trails and I'm not sure I ever got fully unconfused. A mix of confusion, frustration, and occasionally good route execution for the next 20 controls.
I guess I was tired today - I certainly didn't have much zip left by the last few controls. Calves felt totally fine, yesterday's O seemed to have really helped loosen them up. I didn't feel like it was hot, though clearly my body produced copious amounts of sweat, leaving Utah-worthy salt deposits on my shirt. What I really lacked was mental stamina to keep looking at the details (or thinking about which details *not* to look at), which is of course affected by tiredness and heat, but also by not exercising and developing that mental stamina. Arizona orienteering doesn't exactly prepare me for having to really read a map. I don't think it's coincidental that my runs this weekend got progressively worse (from very good to pretty okay to terrible) - my brain got tired even more than my body.
I need to rectify the fact that I've never orienteered in NH. I think my mom has some maps, so that's a start. Where should I go that's close and offers a good training opportunity without other people or controls/streamers? Thinking of doing this Tuesday or Wed morning.