Orienteering race (Foot) 1:23:43  *** 8.3 km (10:05 / km) +390m 8:10 / km
spiked:15/17c slept:7.5 weight:172.5lbs
QOC: Hemlock Overlook Park, VA. It was a great fall day with temperatures in the 60s when I was running. I got off to a decent start.
On #2 I took the safer way to the right to get down to the bottom and hesitated seeing Marit struggling taking the more direct drop down. I yelled up but am not sure if she heard me. She was near the bottom after I punched so I went on. I committed early to climb over on #3--it just looked too messy to go around the ridge.
Going to #4, I was moving well and concentrating on rock-hopping across the trail. I saw the reentrant I should have taken on me but was expecting a more pronounced trail there. I didn't see a control for another course there that I must have passed. I realized my error soon enough, and then just climbed more-or-less directly up the steep slope to the control.
I was wishy-washy heading out of #4. I was thinking I'd go to the right along the shore but by the time I got to the top of the reentrant, I realized going left was better. I passed the start and headed to the intermittant trail leading south away from the winery but I somehow ran over it. I was worried about going more east on the ridge that would have taken me to the control; my memory of that area was that it was greener than mapped so I cut back up to the intermittant trail. That was slower than expected with lots of deadfall and I soon left it. In a way, this was not a bad thing for me. It forced me to be more careful about reading the map and I got into a good rhythm staying in contact. I hit the control well, coming to it from high.
I headed around the first hill toward #6 but the next reentrant was wet. Crossing that higher to the north, I then again was planning on using the mapped trail. It was barely visible and seemed slow with deadfall. I went to the main trail, and found the other trail that from the map looked like it'd take me to the control. It was slow too with deadfall but I was able to read and follow it to spike the control; somewhat slower than others who went more straight.
Going to #7, I saw one of the younger Blue runners looking for #6, then I saw Ken Walker climbing near #12. I was happy to find good running by staying low for most of the way to #7. I never used the trail.
I climbed okay to #8, spiked #9 by going straight, and did the same for #10. For #11, I think went around some initial green. I hit the trail at an odd angle and concluded that I needed to turn left. This was mostly because I recall a similar error in this area last year or the year before. Perhaps something is wrong with the map or there's a magnetic anomoly? I hit the control okay.
For #12, I went straight and spiked it. I did the same for #13 and #14 but for #14, I had to cross 3 ditches when I expected to cross only one. Perhaps the reentran before the control counted as one. I came to the control contouring after not seeing it on the ditch that I expected it to be at.
For #15, I attacked off the field/trail intersection. Crossing the reentrant where it was steep, I concluded that I only needed to contour to the knolls. Seeing the knolls but no control, I climbed the ridge further and found it 40m uphill. Lots of people had trouble with this control.
I Ran the reentrant and intermittant trail toward #16. I attacked once I lined-up with the barn in the field. I flubbed #17 a bit. I'd seen it when arriving at the meet site and had even joked that it'd be a Blue course control. I had pulled-up a little short, not reading the control description, and having difficulty focusing on the center of the circle. Once found, I was slow starting to the finish, then decided to run it harder.
This was a fairly decent run for me. My errors were kept low. With several controls being at the bottom or tops of lanforms, it wasn't that technically difficult. I enjoyed it nonetheless.