Orienteering race 1:06:26  5.1 mi (13:02 / mi) +123m 12:07 / mi
NA Champs - Salmon river fish hatchery - syracuse, ny - middle - red X
These woods were just perfect! We did have to cross a creek a few times but after the practice a couple weeks ago in Chicago this was a "walk in the park".
Given the lack of sleep, diziness and lack of training, I was actually happy with my results. It probably had to do with the fact I really enjoyed the course too! Finally something that adds some challenge, that makes you read the map instead of trail running!
Lets review "little bobbles":
start - 1: usual time to find north, start, first control on the map and adjust to the map. I was already happy when I saw control description (all depresionns and renetrants, so I figured not too many boulders and nice terrain)
1-2: got over the euphoria. tried to avoid going up at all. quite successful for now
2-3: easy handrails through the valleys
3-4: first thing I see the marsh and then the river. So I minimized marsh crossing and the creek was not bad either. Easy handrail along the marsh again.
4-5: walked to the trail junction and took the trail to flat area, then straight to the control
5-6: Straight shot. Slightly to the left to make sure I don't miss it.
6-7: This leg my brain must have gone foggy due to marsh aversion. I went up extra contours just to stay away from the marsh (I had no idea that time waht was coming next day!!). Crossed the creek almost same spot, except that I did a face down in the mud right before crossing it this time. Give me mud or water and I will fall in it!! Took the trail to junction and then along the valley.
7-8: Straight shot. Slightly to the right to make sure I don't miss it.
8-9: Along the marsh, crossed the creek, trail along the marsh and lovely detail map reading to control
9-10: Getting abit tired now. Took a straight shot again, checked the little trail junction thing, then kept straight...and got lucky because I don't remember reading the map that much now
10-11: I remember this leg was very fun. I think must have realized I was on my way to finish, so I got excited. Hopped out of my strating depression and into the my control large valley-depression. This was an example of keeping control 100% and got to my depression just as I expected.
11-12: "quickly' to trail, I got confused for a little bit by a faint trail but "quickly" recovered and got on the right trail.
12-13: long way on the trail again to avoid marshes.
I knew my time was not great just as soon as I saw on my watch over 50 min, but I did enjoy the course and the terrain was lovely, so time was not exactly of the essence. Great job whoever picked the placed and designed the course, nice combo between slighly easy (but not trail running) legs and intense map reading. I only got dizzy real bad once and had to focus to run between the trees and not through them:)
If it was not of the gloomy days there, i would consider that to be a potential great spot to move for orienteering purposes.