Seneca Creek State Park, Lake Clopper Area, MD. From the disc golf parking area south of Great Seneca Highway, I continued working on mapping the vegetation in the disc golf area but I also got to the bottom of this ridge on all sides. It was almost clear of the snow from 2 weeks back. There were seemingly fewer disc golfers out that were out when it was much colder. I spent a good bit of time on the reentrant near Great Seneca Hwy. with the large gully and ditch system. It wasn't too technical but had some interesting things. I'll have to go back there to make sure I got things right. I did find some point features and a small cliff too. On the sides of the ridge, the forest was mostly very open. I found more rock and some springs. on the south side I found more trail segments that are mostly used to go between disc golf holes and the start areas of the next holes. I hope to get into what seems like some very open forest on neighboring ridges next time.
Orienteering race (Commute) 1:08:14*** 7.3 km (9:21 / km) +175m8:21 / km slept:7.0 weight:193.5lbs (injured)
QOC: Wheaton Regional Park, MD. The big rains overnight ended before I went out to run. I'd awoken this morning with a stiff back which was also a little sore. It hadn't been that way for a while. I don't know if the rain and back issues are related; certainly I've been having enough back issues apart from the rain. I decided that even though I haven't been doing running training much, that I needed to move it up to Red. It was a lot easier to move than last week in the snow when I did a Green course. The course was very easy too, for a Red course. Many of the attacks were just off trails and one control was on a trail. It was fun enough however.
S-1 I realized after starting that I didn't have me eye glasses on. It was chaotic getting out of the house on the way to Wheaton so I didn't notice grabbing the wrong one of 2 similarly sized grey backpacks. I had to borrow an epunch and a compass from the club. I'd made the latest revisions to the map over the last 2 years so with the control being just a hop off of the railroad tracks, I used an intermittent trail that I couldn't read off of the map but knew was there to get from the open lake area to the railroad tracks, and the trail coming off of the tracks. I was glad that my back had loosened up by the time I got to the control.
1-2 - it was a dogleg coming out of #1. I stayed on the tracks mostly but veered in the field thinking to use the northern part of the track loop, Coming off the tip of the track loop, I ran up along the small ditch until I could see the control.
2-3 I ran out to the trail, and took it around to the right. Along the way, I made mental notes of where to update the map vegetation.
3-4 I went along the parking lot to get around the train station, then straight.
4-5 I cut off a little bit but mostly stuck to the trail. I'd forgotten about adding this dot knoll to the map--I couldn't read it w/o my eyeglasses and wondered if it was a rock before I'd gotten there.
5-6 I used the trails getting to and past the lake and didn't attack until the trail bend past the root stock. I was a little off on the attack and ended up at one of the cairns before correcting. I also had taken an almost 2 minute break on this leg.
6-7 I made a bad route choice on this. I knew that going through the parking lot would be fast but I didn't want to have to go down and then climb as the trail options after the parking lot did. I didn't read ahead enough to realize that I could have stayed all the way on the road and used the bridge to get back into the woods. As it was, I went around the field on the right side, used some trails and cut through elsewhere to end up at the same bridge. The attack from there was nothing as the control was easily visible.
7-8 I went back down to the trail and around to the left. I'd remapped the trail bends almost 2 years back so they matched-up easily to me. The control was visible before I left the correct trail bend. I made another mental note to add green for the deadfall around this control feature.
8-9 I went a little to the left but mostly straight. I again made another mental note to add green for the deadfall above the trail at the top of the reentrant on the leg line. I had walked up the hill until past the unmapped deadfall where the slope flattened.
9-10 I kept wanting to hold the map out of alignment with the compass on the way down the hill. I kept pulling left. Perhaps I was rushing too much for other orienteers around me. I was able to read the ditches however. I crossed above one but apparently veered left a bit after that. Keg Good was crossing from my left to my right so I knew I'd been too far left when I didn't see it near the top. I corrected about 40m. I think I had added this ditch onto the map.
10-11 I angled out of the control and found a deer trail to run on for a way. Crossing the first trail, I angled more toward the second and emerged near an intersection. I was slow trying to run so it seemed like I had to go a lot further up the trail than I would have guessed to get to the correct intersection. I doubted myself at one point but things I was seeing were matching-up on the map and I lost no time.
11-12 I doubled-back to the last 2 trail intersections then took trails back up toward the maintenance yard parking lot. I aimed sort of toward the maintenance yard parking lot. I cut off across the woods before getting to the parking lot to save distance. I didn't go further left because I hadn't wanted to dip down only to have to climb up. Going uphill is slow for me right now.
12-13 I ran to the corner of the parking lot, then down to the t-intersection and into the woods to spike it.
13-14 I ran across the woods to the trail intersection on the other side, then took trails to the ditch.
14-15 - straight up to the trail, then I attacked a little early. I came out of the green at the rootstock below it. Keg Good had just passed it and was going up to the pit by the time I figured it out. I got there just after her.
15-16 - I angled around a little bit and got close to the tracks without getting on them. Keg had been moving parallel to my right and was about lined-up w/me at the stream crossing. I was confident of my attack and remembered what the rootstock looked like when I mapped it. That rootstock was further ahead and south of where the control got placed. I was fortunate to see it and had to go north to it. I yelled-up to Keg to warn her but she told me later that she didn't understand what I was saying.
16-17 - I wasn't sure what was best. I decided to cut across the forest. It was slow at first and I got pushed north, in easy sight of the lake. After getting out of the green, I corrected and it was good running afterward. I finally got a foot wet when I slipped on the far bank when crossing the creek.