Orienteering race (long) 1:34:22**** 7.02 km (13:27 / km) +229m11:34 / km ahr:154 max:167 spiked:7/13c shoes: Inov8 xtalon 212 B
US Long Champs at Camp Wakpominee. Lots of rock on the map. Lots of slash not on the map. Nice course really requiring all skills to come to the fore. I was happy to once again earn a bronze medal and have a pretty clean race. Today all of that marathon training really paid off. On the walk to the start I was feeling tired, but didn't really feel that during the course and was still making decent time up hills and such through the entire course. Glad to keep it up through the whole weekend.
# 1 - Trail to bend, then over the saddle and up the reentrant. Not quite sure that I was at the right feature when I saw it, so I ended up going around it the long way and approached from the north.
# 2 - Based of cliffs to the saddle then to the tip of the marsh, across to trail and attacked from the trail bend. The first rocky part was about what I expected but not too bad since I wasn't for much distance. The section ofter that looked nice and fast on the map, but was full of slash. Trail route was probably better because of this. My final approach was too low and full of slash, then went up the reentrant to control.
# 3 - Left # 2 to the north to get back out to trail. Much easier going. Trail to just past the little pond, then in on the line of marshes to the control.
# 4 - Stayed on the trail to the big bend, then down slope to base of reentrant, cross the stream near the pond and up and over on a bearing to control.
# 5 - Decided to attack from the trail bend north of the control. Then had to get to the trail. I wanted to go southwest to the trail. But apparently I mistook the ponds and marshes west of the control and ended up north of the big march instead of south of it. Not only was this off the optimum line, but it was green and confusing, so I was pretty slow right there. Finally hit the trail and still believed I was further south until I saw the lake. Then knew exactly where I was. Fast going from there to the control. No problems with the attack. Worked well.
# 6 - Went left of the marsh then crosswise down the hill to cross the stream west of the little lake. Used the ponds and marshes to lead into the control. Was confused in the circle with the reentrants and started to go too far left, but then saw the control and corrected.
# 7 - Down then up and hit the system of indistinct trails and rough open. Should have stayed on the trails, but took a direct bearing instead. Came out a little bit to the right and had to stop and look around before seeing the control.
# 8 - North down the trickle marsh and past the rootstock to the indistinct trail, then west on trail to edge of marsh and along marsh to the bigger trail. Trail to the bend and down spur to control.
# 9 - Took the trails all the way to East ot he control, then tried to attack on the small trail leading in to the campsite. Got confused in the campsite area and went too far north and then had to stop and relocate off of the rocky walls to get back to the control.
# 10 - up the road and cut in
# 11 - Past the south side of building. I headed into the woods a little too far north and then corrected. Surprised that this cost enough for Attackpoint splits to flag it as an error.
# 12 - Trail to road junction then in, across the stream, and up the spur to control.
# 13 - Pretty straight from twelve to the finish area and then just in to the trees to the control.