Orienteering race 1:01:43  *** 6.68 km (9:14 / km) +234m 7:52 / km
spiked:13/19c shoes: VJ Falcons 5
Green X course at DVOA Foxchaser II A-meet on Ridley Creek State Park map. 4 - 6" of new, wet snow to make things interesting. Lots of green on the map and most of it is prickly stuff. I had a fairly late start so there were herd paths, which was probably an advantage.
An OK run for the first of the season with no large errors. Small misses on 1,2,3, and 5 (a combination of being rusty and overtrusting the herd paths). Route choice errors on 7 and 9 where I cut through the woods (i.e. briars) rather than using trails (90 sec on 7, 30 sec on 9). Pretty clean the rest of the way in except on 18 where a mapped trail through white coming out of 17 didn't seem to be there, resulting in additional blood loss. Finished 3rd in M60, 7th overall on Green X.
Course was good but had maybe more controls than needed (trying to stay in the less green areas, which was appropriate). Two controls (8 and 13) were White level controls and didn't need to be. This area is pretty challenging to set advanced courses with the heavy trail network and all the green.
SL diatance 5.3km. Advertised climb 225m.