orienteering race 1:28:55  7.52 km (11:49 / km) +410m 9:17 / km
West Point. Day 1, Blue. Got off to a good start, and got a little cocky. I spiked the first three controls like it was a park-o or something. The climb hadn't destroyed my legs yet, and i was feeling the groove. All this was to change.
Leg 4 was down and crossslope, and I was trying to be careful... but I let my concentration drift ahead and so when I hit a plateau I assumed that I had gone too far, and in reality I hadn't gone far enough. This was a sign that I needed to slow down, but instead I decided to get #5 really well and to forget about my mistake. I hit way far north, and had to trek all the way back along the hillside. 6 was in many ways a gimme control, and 7 my bearing was good so I cleaned up there too. 8 was downhill and then back up, I was going well, but by the time I had gotten up the hill I was tired and not thinking clearly. I saw a flag and ran over to it, eventhough it wasn't in the right spot. it could have been a very clean control had I just kept to my route and not gone jumping at bags. my legs were tired and there was the option of going up and over to 9.... which I went well out of my way to avoid, trying to contour as much as possible. This was okay, but I hit the right cliff more by luck than anything else, since talking to others it sounds like there are a lot of unmapped cliffs in the area. 10 was a quick downhill control, and I did fine, though my bearing could have been a little straighter. I got messed up a bit on 11, because someone else was searching in the area at the same time. I had a decent bearing, but didn't see the set of lower cliffs I was looking for, so I climbed up to the next set, and then had to drop back down again. I need to learn to ignore others in the forest when they aren't going to help me. 12 was a slow slog up 12 contours. 13 the best route was up over the top of the hill but I thought I could be quicker contouring along the shelf. Actually I did a good job on the execution of my route choice, but over the top was still faster. I need to learn to not let climb scare me so much. 14 I really bombed, came out on a bad bearing and ran into a parallel swamp. However the swamp wasn't apparent on the map because it was covered with green slash marks. I wandered around much longer than I should have trying to figure it out. Physically tired was making me mentally stupid. 15 I went straight, which turned out to be the best option, since the swamp wasn't as bad as it looked on the map. 16 I never looked for the route to the left of the line, and again I didn't want to go straight up and over, so I dropped down and went to the right of the line. The footing wasn't stellar and the climb at the end sucked royal. worst of all, the lefthand route was clearly a better choice all around. 17 was quick, and 18 would have been if I hadn't come across another broken down stone wall that wasn't mapped. 19 I cut out to the eastern road so that I didn't need to think too hard.
overall I was dissappointed in myself for making mistakes, but was mostly in contact with the map and my legs performing well considering the climb. It felt much longer than the Long O course from last week though and it was over 10 k shorter!!!
Kudos to john for running under 10 mins a k for the course.
orienteering race 17:24  2.88 km (6:02 / km) +100m 5:09 / km
Sprint fundraiser at West Point.
I was really tired from the morning, and I put off running the sprint until the very end. I think this added recovery was just what I needed.
I was pretty good about knowing which bearing I was leaving the control at, before I punched in. An important sprint skill. I was a little hesitant mentally going across slope to #4 just because I didn't see it as soon as I wanted to, I didn't let up too much though and trusted that I would have seen it because I was on the right contour. I was also a little hesitant going to 9, and got a little caught in the vegetation at the edge of the road, nothing to write home about though. #10, I chose a good route choice, cutting a little ways up the road then over the fences, across the field, and over the fence at the otherside. I didn't see all of the fences in advance though, which could have been very serious if any of the fences were marked uncrossable! my next route choice of note was under the building to number 15, which saved me a couple of seconds at least. And it was clean running all the way in.
as a spectator event, I had attempted the swimming route choice across the baylet that peter was trying to make a viable route choice. I waited at the go control until Sam arrived ( having run the rest of the course) I then attempted to sprint freestyle faster than she could run the perimeter. She creamed me. Wyatt did a much better job vying with Angelica actually. I think if a real swimmer with a speedo and goggles attempted the route it would have been quick... but not for me. Anyways, the second time around I knew enough to stay dry until after I had completed the sprint.
I was proud of this sprint, feeling fit and in control.