Orienteering race (Foot) 1:11:18  **** 6.6 km (10:48 / km) +185m 9:29 / km
ahr:149 max:170 spiked:16/20c slept:9.0
CSU: Pine Hill; in Middlesex Fells Park, MA. I had been running on the trails in this park almost 2 years ago with Kristin and Andy Hall so I knew it would be a place that I'd have to be careful. It was a warm day (in the 80s F) and it didn't take long to feel it. I started to go on the wrong trail on the way to #1 but backed up and corrected that. Leaving another trail from pretty close to the right elevation, I attacked, recognized some small areas of mapped medium green amidst some light green and spiked the control. My mapping experience helped here and I felt a bit more confident. The epunch box didn't beep so I stayed there longer than needed trying to punch it again and again. Going to #2 was quick after that so I rushed a bit going to #3. I went left around the green going to #3 and lost my mind. I'd never corrected to the right and when I got to a pine needle laden area, I didn't realize I was crossing a trail. I saw some features ahead which I incorrectly recognized as a spur on the map. It wasn't on the map at all. Attacking from it, I succeeded in running off the map. The area was marked as settlement and showed no contours or other features. It was not really settlement area but just out of bounds woods. The losing my head part was interpreting the green as some sort of changing shoreline for the lake beyond. I lost 10 minutes findng the control and didn't figure all this out until getting my map back after the run. Oh well. I didn't give up from there and proceeded to do pretty well. I had some slight bobbles at #12, #14, #15, and #16 but these were small errors on short legs. Going down from the water tower (the only place that I could recognize with assurity from my run with Kristin), I was looking ahead and stumbled a bit on something. It was enough for a twisted left ankle, but not bad enough to stop me.
Running warm up/down (Street & Trail) 6  0.6 mi (10 / mi)
Warm-up at Middlesex Fells, off Fallon Dr.