Orienteering 30:55  *** 3.5 km (8:50 / km)
spiked:6/9c shoes: orienteering shoes
Last WIOL regular season meet, at Fire Mountain. I had a good run on most of the controls, but I made a couple of mistakes...
Control 2: the control was at the end of a marsh; I pulled off of the trail too soon and followed a random and really big puddle instead. Lost some time here, but I'm not sure how much.
Control 3: my route was a combination of trail and yellow slash. The yellow slash was really nasty and should've been avoided completely. It looked pretty runnable in this section, but there were random blackberry strands mixed into the tall grass that I kept getting caught on.
Control 6: yellow slash again. Except that this yellow slash didn't even *look* runnable. The alternative routes were ~3x longer than the straight route through the slash, so I followed the trail until the point where the distance through the slash was smallest, and tried to go through. It was probably the densest brush I've ever tried to go through on an orienteering course. I basically fought my way in far enough that going back would be equally difficult as going forward...at this point I started wishing someone would just pull me out on some sort of hovercraft and I could get out of the blackberries without going through them in any direction...but anyway, I eventually managed to get out of it (with much talking to myself along the way).
Tori, if you're reading this, it was *really* similar to last year's leg, except that it went in the opposite direction....grrrr
Orienteering 20:00  ***
spiked:8/8c shoes: orienteering shoes
Control pick-up. I jogged/walked; it was hard to go very fast while holding all the controls.