Orienteering race 1:52:10  *** 7.9 km (14:12 / km) +290m 12:00 / km
QOC Lakeneed Wood - Red
Definitely steep, and a lot of downfall, and grass over rocky areas that slowed down my already slow pace, but overall my navigation was pretty clean with just a few bobbles in the control circles. However, before I actually left a number of controls was a different story. I totally stopped myself from a 180 (which I seemed to keep wanting to do for the fist half of the course) that would have resulted in adding a lot of extra climb - I've only made a single 180 in my entire orienteering career, so it was really strange to keep catching myself orienting myself in the opposite direction control after control. I don't know what that was about. There were quite a lot of people at each of my first controls, and they were being shared by multiple courses, which could have explained why I kept letting myself get pulled out of the control going the wrong way, or it could have been due to the fact that there was a lot of directional change with one leg going uphill the next going down that made it easy to misread contours. Dunno. At least after the first catch where I'd already taken a few steps in the wrong direction, I started double checking myself, and with good reason!