Orienteering race (Foot) 1:40:47  7.45 mi (13:32 / mi) +208m 12:27 / mi
QOC: Rosaryville State Park, MD. Driving into the park I could see that the leaves were at their fullest. Even in the summer, they seem to thin out a bit with droughts after the kind of lush rains that we've been having. I predicted a lot of errors for all, including myself. Francis Hogle reinforced this thought after telling me he'd missed on every control on his Brown course. For others however, the day would prove to be just fine as they didn't seem to let the vegetation affect them. I figured I'd get what I needed just by doing some running with the map and getting the physical training. True it was that I made some bonehead errors. I also had a hard time getting into reading the map. It may have been the contrast from the open forest in NY last week and running faster with a pack, but other times it was the minor bends in trails not being shown or the trail alignment to north that seemed off. I also had a hard time at some trail intersections which had become vague, the streams often being in gullies, and changed vegetation mapping that threw me off.
Thankfully enough, I spiked #1 going through the field and coming off of a field edge and onto the trail.
Going to #2, I got back on the trail, but first turned left at what seemed to be an unmapped intersection. I corrected by cutting across the woods and found them to be as thick as at #1. I took the trail again but coming on where I did, I left the trail at the wrong bend. I eventually got to the road but if I'd left the trail at a later bend it would have been much faster. Once on the road, I ran to the end, and attacked from the restroom building. I felt I had a good bearing but I was south of where I eventually found the depression. I lost a lot of time--5 minutes?
My misadventures at #2 made me shy and so I opted the easy but a little longer field-road route to #3. I spiked it from the road west of #3, but I felt slow in the field, and even when getting past others including some horses on the road past the mansion.
3-4 - I got on trails and eventually to the east-west trail midway to #4. Coming off a trail bend almost due north of #4, I found myself running up a spur and being a little unsure which reentrant, left or right was correct. I checked out the right one first and corrected to the top of the left and correct one. I didn't see the control so I went further and saw a distinct trail bend. I had to come back down the reentrant to find the control--it felt a little low to me but without taking time to pace count and check it from other points, I can't be sure of it. I lost another almost 2 minutes.
4-5 - I went straight and spiked it.
5-6 - Starting out, I used the trail to cross the ridge and avoided the grass in the power line cut. at the next reentrant, I followed the trail through the bend east, to get around the green. I may have gone too far doing this but eventually, I crossed the stream and went west on the trail on the other side. I took trails to attack from the grassy areas SE of the control and hit it well.
6-7 - Leaving #6, the trails didn't seem to match what I was seeing but I did pop out onto the road where I had intended. I went down the road to the second trail intersection, the own NE of the pond. On the trail for a little while, I came up the reentrant. In the reentrant, I felt I was too far left(south) so I went more to the bottom of it and followed it up. This got me too far right of the control. I hit the ride near the bend and had to go south on it to the control. I probably lost +1 minute.
7-8 - I stayed on the ride for a while as that is where my bearing pointed me. However, following a bearing should have taken me off the ride almost immediately. I actually got a little too far left and had to adjust right to go through the saddle and down to the control.
8-9 - I ran toward the stream intersection and crossed near it to hit the road about where the trail comes out. I was on the trail a bit, but ran the hillside, just trying to contour. I didn't see it, got past the control and too high. I could see the trail ahead so I corrected and lost about another +1 minute.
9-10 - I curved my way in, trying to keep climbing a little the whole way. This took me to some small bits of deadfall.
10-11 - I crossed the road and ran parallel to the ridge. Crossing the diagonal trail, I kept straight and saw a reeentrant on my left. I figured I knew where I was as I kept straight and climbed the ridge. I got to where I could see a trail ahead and read wrong reentrant on the map, thus mistaking myself to be past the control. I came back and slowly got due south of the control where the diagonal trail intersects the one that get close to the control. I hit it fine from there but probably lost +3 minutes.
11-12 - I ran straight. The woods were better for this on this leg. Once across the gully/stream, I could read the 2 reentrants and got into the right one that took me to the control.
12-13 - Startingdown the spur, I cut more right to avoid thicker woods, and to hit the trail. I didn't want to end up in the north part of the grassy fields--those were lower in elevation and I'd already been slowed by tall grasses elsewhere. I tried to go a straighter route over the ridge but my initial cut right had gotten me too far south. When I went straight from there, I got into the green above any of the white woods on the ridge. I realized this but had to commit to the route by then. I popped out NE of the mansion, and took trails until due east of the control. There was a pretty good set of elephant trails going across the grasses. I just had to pick the most efficient ones and I think I did that. In retrospect, I should have run this harder, but I was tired and felt I'd already blown my chances for a good run.
13-14 - I passed a family group of Yellow course walkers, and gave a decent effort. Again, if I'd pushed harder, I might have been able to edge Dave Pruden who it turned out was only 10 seconds ahead of me. My run did at least keep me ahead of Yuriy, but only by 10 seconds!
I wasn't that happy about my run but I was glad to get the physical training. I'll need to get more used to the leaves being on again.