DVOA Warwick County Park Red
6.7 km (7:47 / km) +200m 6:46 / kmMap
Not a great race, lots of frustrating small mistakes and 2 large mistakes cost me quite a lot of time. On the bright side physically I felt decent and I wore a heart rate monitor just to see how much I actually physically exert myself when orienteering. The small mistakes on the course can be summarized with either getting stuck in some green, or not seeing the control and slowing down to look for it in the immediate area. On #3 I also saw a control on the line right before my control and veered off to hit it which cost me at least 30s. The first large mistake was on #14. I'm pretty upset on this one, as I was just not thinking. I was trying to read the curves in the trail instead of the very obvious junction between #14 and #17 and went off the trail very early, luckily I hit #17 and knew I made a mistake quickly, but I still ended up losing over 2 minutes on this. I think the mistake mostly came from transitioning from short controls to a longer leg so I felt the urge to get off the trail quickly. The other large mistake was at #16. This was also a very frustrating mistake as I already found this control once, and I ran right past it. I somehow just did not see the control even though I was ridiculously close to it. I think I was just not as focused as I should have been in this area, and ended up losing about another 2 minutes. Both of these mistakes were very avoidable and the main problem was a lack of focus, but I was very happy to go out on an event like this with some pretty technical controls and low visibility. Hopefully will kick start my brain into orienteering mode for the upcoming Highlander.