Orienteering 2:39:16  6.4 mi (24:53 / mi) +1037ft 21:35 / mi
shoes: Ruby Red Slippers
Lake Needwood - Blue
22 controls; 8.4 km; 415 m
Actual Distance Traveled: 10.3 km
Actual Climb: 316 m
Funny story: I didn't want to push myself too hard today, mostly because next weekend I am taking part in the 25K Hyner View Trail Challenge. I did the blue course last weekend at Manassas Battlefield Park and felt like I pushed myself a little too hard. Originally I was planning to do the green course today. When I looked at the course descriptions, yesterday, I thought that the red course seemed doable. So I was going to do the red course, until I got to Lake Needwood. By then I kind of talked myself into the blue course, with the caveat that I would take it easy. That's how I ended up doing the blue course even though my original plan was to do the green course.
I feel like I made the right choice. Even though there was a fair amount of climb, the blue course wasn't too physically challenging. I didn't have much trouble navigating.
The only control that gave me any trouble (146) wasn't where it was supposed to be. I'm not sure if it was misplaced or stolen or never placed on the course. I heard a rumor that one person found it but it was nowhere near where it was supposed to be. I spent way too much time (21 minutes) circling in the vicinity of where it was supposed to be looking for it. A number of people came through looking for 146 and left before I finally gave up on finding it. I kept thinking that they must have found it and circled around some more. Eventually I gave up and moved on.
The weather was beautiful. It was sunny and the temperature got up to 70. I was warmly dressed, wearing a long and a short-sleeved t-shirts. I put some sun block on my nose and the back of my neck and wore my boonie cap on my grape. I think they helped.
The course was set up so that we didn't have to cross the deeper streams, except at bridges. I managed to run through knee deep water on at least three occasions, completely unnecessarily. It did help to cool me down.