O - competition race (EMPO Plat-O ) 4:29:00  21.24 km (12:40 / km) +580m 11:08 / km
Long race Phil organized at Pine Ridge and Grafton Lakes with a trail run in between. Wet forest and muddy trails, early rain. Thoroughly drenched. Lots of rocky ground covered with wet leaves. Quite challenging and never boring. Always had to be paying attention to the map details.
Not an easy course. Messed up early, following the lead group to 3, but not close enough to catch the control. Ended up doubling half way back to 2 and reattacking from a ski trail. Lost 15 min, having run past on the wrong side of some thick brush. Then got very deliberate on my navigation and did well through the end of that map. Even precisely finding 11, which was in a very poorly defined area on the map, although admittedly coming across it 50 m earlier than expected on a long leg.
Then onto the trail run. Kind of a fuzzy trail, marked in some places, but not others. Came to a junction halfway thru and continued past as all previous had been signed. Wrong. Came to a sharp bend and knew I had to go back to the jct. 4 min lost there.
Then onto the Grafton Lakes map, an easy 4 km on the largest scale yet (1:10). Except the leg to 2 went across a deep marsh. Went to the south edge of the map and waded across the muck. Except I never really went across the deep stuff. For the detour I made, I could have run the trail around if the map included the part that showed it went we wanted it to.
Then wasted time looking for 3 in the circle, which should have been easy, but got stuck in a young pine stand. Probably 15 extra min devoured on that control.
After that finished out the course in a straight forward manner. Glad to be in and get the soggy shoes off.
Thanks to Phil and Sue for a lot of planning and organizing.