Orienteer race 1:34:47  4.71 mi (20:07 / mi) +1413ft 15:40 / mi
shoes: 2nd pair - Saucony Guide 3
Kelly Dahl Green Course.
Not my best, but not totally horrendous. About as expected since this wasn't an open course with lots of trails. Significant navigational mistakes at 4 and 9. Significant route choice error at 6. Other smaller navigational and route choice errors on all the rest. I spent way too much time stopped and walking.
Start - 1: No mistakes, just took my sweet time...
1-2: Headed south towards the trail thinking that I was aiming off so I'd be west of a trail intersection- apparently I hit the trail east of that intersection because when I turned east, the trail ended. Backtracked to the trail intersection, and took that trail to another, then bearing off bend in trail.
*Better route choice would have been to go straight from the first trail intersection.
2-3: Followed power line to trail that went around hill. Noted a pit next to the trail. Didn't see the trail intersection that I thought would be obvious but noticed the trail narrowed significantly, so I must have taken the correct fork anyways. Panicked briefly, but then found it on a bearing from the next trail intersection.
3-4: Had a bit of a tough time getting started with this one. Back to the trail, found a trail intersection, wasn't sure which one it was... After standing around for a while dithering, I went down the trail until I saw a pile of rocks on the right. Worked my way to a gully. Took a bearing from the intersection of two gullies and it took me right to it. Way to much time standing around thinking.
4-5: Across a spur then across a dry marsh. Was about 200m out of the way to the east, but this allowed me to notice a shallow reentrant which aimed me to the control. Too much stop/walk time here.
*Better route would have been a straight shot. There was a trail with a notable bend right behind the control, so I should have run straight for it and then if I missed, I would have hit the trail and it wouldn't have been too hard to figure out where along the trail I was.
5-6: Trail to another trail, to a fence, to a fence corner, then bearing on in. I should have gone a more direct route. I went over 1km out of the way to run on trails and fences.
6-7: Went with a plan to run to the fence and take a bearing from the fence corner. Never saw the fence. Found a pile of rocks on top of a spur before the fence, realized where I was and walked to the control from there.
7-8: Went straight to it.
8-9: Whoops, went to the wrong pile of rocks a few times and got distracted by a control that I knew wasn't mine before I even checked it. Wasted a lot of time here.
9-10: Dodge people and rocks and went straight to it. I get nervous about falling running downing hill in rough areas.
10-Finish: Like 9-10.
I think I'm getting better at figuring out where I am when I go off course. Haven't made a mistake over 10min (and very few over 5) for 3 races now. I would like to stop depending on trails to much- I go waaaaayyyy out of my way to find and stay on them. If I am not on a trail, fence, powerline, distinct spur or reentrant, etc, then I'm usually walking...