Orienteering race 1:11:49  *** 5.5 km (13:03 / km) +220m 10:53 / km
spiked:8/12c shoes: VJ Integrator Spikes
Moreau Lake State Park, NY - US Classic Champs Day 1 Green X course. Like a lot of other people, I was a little taken aback when I flipped the map over and saw how incredibly detailed the terrain was. I was expecting pretty tricky stuff on the plateau but nothing quite like this. It was a championship caliber course on championship caliber terrain.
My run was pretty mediocre - done in by mental laziness (unforgiveable!) and a little bad luck. On the way from 2-3 I stepped over a fallen tree and a pine spike about 4" long and 0.5 inch diameter wedged under my shoe laces and between the tongue and upper of my shoe. Tried to free it without taking off my shoe but it wouldn't budge. So untaped and untied my laces and took the shoe off. All of this fumbling around cost me about 3 minutes. I made the mistake of opting for the trail route from 2-3. Which would have been ok if the trail was visible. But I never found it. Had to go very slow to confirm my location and navigate to 3 cleanly.
Worst mistake was #5 where I headed south trying to count off the marshes. I knew the key to the leg was to locate the large marsh north of the control but I drifted left and stupidly convinced myself I could correct when I approached the control. I found myself in the midst of a slew of small marshes unable to tell exactly where I was. Eventually turned right since I knew I was somewhere left of the control. Found it after a 5 min loss. Fairly clean (but slow) after that until 11 where I was right in the vicinity of the control but then veered left due to lack of confidence.
A disappointing run but still enjoyed the great terrain.