Orienteering race 51:24  5.71 km (9:00 / km) +208m 7:37 / km
16c slept:5.0 shoes: 201006 Inov-8 X-talon 212
Jeff Schapiro and I left Boston at 6:10 AM for the drive to West Point, and we arrived at about 9:15 because Jeff made excellent time. I suspected that my best case performance would be unremarkable, as my fitness has deteriorated substantially since I broke my leg in August. Nevertheless, I changed quickly, warmed up on the run to the start, and adopted my best orienteering mindset. I have spent most of my orienteering time over the past two months organizing instead of racing, and my racing subroutines were rusty from lack of use.
I found the microorienteering to be particularly challenging on the course. While I was always aware of where I was, lack of concentration sometimes caused small slips inside the circle that cost significant time. Control 1 was easy enough to approach - up a ridge - but pinpointing the boulder was hard, and I was sluggish. I made two mistakes to 4 - first, by being dragged too far to the left, toward the bridge route instead of my intended hill route, and then again by hesitating on my final approach. I chose a costly route to 6 by taking the trail to the left and descending the reentrant. I was confused on my approach into 8; after ascending the ridge, I wasn't certain where I was, and my gps track has an unfortunate deviation despite the fact that I was on course. I was happy with my route to 11, though it was slow. On 12, I drifted right and got stuck in some thick green. Nick Duca punched 12 right after me, and we took off on different routes to 13, which he punched just before me. I took the high route to 14, and beat him to it. Apparently Ross was closing on me at 14, but I didn't hear him, and he breezed by just before 15.
My race was marred by numerous small errors - 1, 4, 7, 8, and 12. I ran slowly, and I tended to make mistakes after climbing. However, given my present conditioning, this is not a surprising result, and I am not overly disappointed.