Orienteering race (Harbin Park S1) 10:55  *** 2.0 km (5:28 / km) +65m 4:42 / km
11c shoes: Black Nike Running
I had a MAJOR advantage here - I was the course setter, and I had visited every control location twice. Also, I had done nearly every route at least once. (The routes that I had not done before were S-1, the right route from 4-5, 7-8 straight, and 10-F). For the sake of fairness, I need to admit that I probably could have completed this course with just the control descriptions and memory of both the map and the terrain.
What can I do in other races that I did in this race? I obviously cannot visit every control location before the race. One thing that I could improve is map-to-reality visualization. Basically, I knew exactly what to expect to see. This meant that I had zero hesitation; and I have previously decided that hesitation is usually one of my biggest speed killers. I think this is one of the things Thierry G does - he looks at a map and thinks of what it will look like in his mind's eye, then he sees how accurate he was.
From this race, I learned that, although I have come pretty far, I still have tons of room for navigation improvement. I shouldn't give up the running training though, because I am in more shape than I have been in the last few months, and this pace was over a minute above my 5k record.
I lost approx 40 seconds talking to 2 guys who had just finished the Frisbee golf course when they asked me what I was doing.