orienteering race 1:01:00  *** 6.0 km (10:10 / km)
19c shoes: New Balance MT572
6p, 7p, 8p, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18 (missing/not-missing), 17, 16p, 12p, 14, 13, 11p, 10, 9p, 5, 1
with handicap 71.0% 10/40
Tonight's score-O was hosted by the Loup Garou club on the Rockcliffe Park map. At some controls, there were no flags and the racer had to pencil (see 'p' above) in the answer to a question such as...what colour is the house? how many trees are in the island? what colour are the flowers? In most cases, the questions could be answered by barely entering the map circle surrounding the control. However, for me, this advantage was cancelled out when seeking a small plaque at control #9 in a park full of man-made objects. While running at full speed, try writing on your control card 'village of rockcliffe park 1977' or 'neighbourhood watch' from a posted sign. I'm glad that I don't have to try reading the answers.
I was two controls short of clearing my map but I was also late by 11 minutes. I didn't attempt #24 but that was apparently a missing control. Sadly, Qi went all that way for her last control. Gord & I thought #18 was missing but it was simply at the other end of the trail, outside of the target circle. In the stress of running in the heat, I punched #14 and #17 in the same box on the control card and even to me it didn't look like two different punches in the one box.
Exhausted at the end, I ran right up hill past #1 (which would be my last control) and then back down the hill likely cancelling out the value of that control with time lost in a mental haze. I was pleased with my overall route choice. There was no point starting with close controls and the crowds attempting to punch. I just didn't have the legs in the heat.