Orienteering race (Brown) 2:02:27  **** 4.6 km (26:37 / km) +80m 24:29 / km
spiked:7/9c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #2
Distance/climb is as reported on the control descriptions.
FR = 8.259 km, 100m climb
What can I say? I was "sucks" on #2 -- the track is hilarious. Left #1 at the wrong angle, and never realized it. Hit the first road/trail at an "open" area that I made be the clearing on the line, and tried to match things up. Got suspicious when no one else was anywhere nearby for a while (I was NOT keeping track of the time -- bad girl) so went back to the road/trail to try again. Both times I saw a yellow control just off the road but couldn't place it (because it was under the control descriptions printed on the map!). Tried to attack again, but after still no success returned to the road (quicker this time) and decided to run east on it until I found something I could definitely identify, or hit the main road bisecting the map. D'oh! Finally found the clearing I thought I hit the first time, a good couple hundred meters east. (Saw Patty Lyons heading the opposite direction, probably headed to 7.)
After finally finding 2 (~41 minute error), I managed the next 5 fine (a little off on 3, as I saw the rootstock NW of the control first and looked around there before heading to it). On the way from 7-8, I stepped into a shoe-sucking marsh and had to stop; couldn't get my shoe loose so I had to slip my foot out and retrieve the shoe from the muck, untie it so I could slip it back on, and retie it before proceeding. Found the stone-pile control west of the circled clearing (my attackpoint), but was NOT finding the clearing/control where I expected to, and reattacked from the stonepile. Finally went along the veg edge and spotted a flag in a small clearing (described as 4 x 8 m)... seemed to be outside the circle, especially based on continuing on to the last control near finish and hitting things farther right than I should have. Protest!
Found out a LOT of other folks also thought it was far enough to also protest, and the assembled jury decided to void the Brown course and the Green X (women's) course on which #202 (clearing) appeared. So I can try again tomorrow; it just won't be a 2-day championship for those two courses this year. Of the 5 times I saw posted in F55+, there were 2 mispunches, and I was in second place, almost an hour behind Mary Jo who had an awesome run of 64 minutes--way to go, MJC!