Orienteering race 18:49  *** 2.3 km (8:11 / km) +45m 7:27 / km
spiked:3/11c shoes: New Balance 479 - V2
NOD Sprint at Highland Park.
On the good side - no major errors, I felt good throughout, and I seemed competitive.
On the bad side, I felt really good only on 3 of the 11 controls. It seems several were at least slightly out of position.
1 - Got to where I thought it should be, but it was left.
2 - Got to where I thought it should be, checked map, saw fence, looked slightly back left and there it was.
3 - Ran as I thought it should be and saw tree dead ahead above the canopy, but no flag. Continued to next tree seemingly further away than it should be.
4 - First control that worked exactly as I expected. Along trail, cut off just after split, straight to flag.
5 - Straight to it, but a non-course flag was in between, and I needed to keep going.
6 - Second to work right - circling right to avoid climb, hit trail, curved around hill, spotted flag in the right spot.
7- crossed road and thought I had gone a bit left of where I wanted so straight up hill, then scanning down hill as I came back to the right. Thought it should be right at the bottom of the hill, and checking over my right shoulder, there it was 15' above me. [This seemed misplaced]
8 - Stayed high along the hill crossing to 8, but cut down and crossed the paved path with a bit of concern. Continued to flag.
9 - Moved to road, crossed in about the right spot, descended and climbed, but no flag in sight. Checked map and flag was then visible...Not sure what's going on there.
10 - I think I nailed this to where the flag should have been - I climbed and ran the top of the hill to the corner where the flag should have been. No chance to get to where I was without passing it. I cut down to the street to come back on the other side of the bushes / vegetation, and then climbed back up the hill. The flag was mapped on the spur, but intended to be in the re-entrant (on clue sheet). It was located in the reentrant and I ran by it not looking down and left behind a tree... :30-:45 second loss here. [But I think my execution was perfect for where it was mapped to be;-]
[note - just as I was going up the hill to 11, Dayle passed me - she was going to relocate the control to the mapped location vs the clue location that conflicted with the map]
11 - Third great control - I crossed the roads, followed down the road a short bit and climbed the hill into the green, continued in until a path, and followed it right a few feet to the flag.
F - Just a controlled descent and then run to the finish.