orienteering 37:29  5.7 km (6:35 / km) +190m 5:38 / km
First day of the WCOC A-meet. What a class act the WCOC crowd is. Lots of little details that really made the weekend so wonderful. Whoever had the idea for warmup maps on the way to the start should get a cookie, actually... send me an address and I'll mail some, or just bring them next weekend.
I had an decently good race, some parts were a bit sloppy, some parts were spot on. Much better than last week. Running well right from the start but not in 100% control, overran 1 by not really reading the form-line hilltop, and checked an extra flag on the way down to 2 (silly). 3 and 4 I was right on. 5 I was very nicely on my line, crossed the two trails exactly as I expected which gave me confidence coming down the hillside towards the trail and then finally the boulder with the control. Started to lose confidence when I couldn't see any trail (quite indistinct) and then saw another runner heading over to a boulder on my left. So I checked that boulder and a couple more off to the left before I realized that I was being foolish and I needed to run north and relocate from the stream. Saw the flag as I did this. Shook me up enough to make me want a safe route to 6, so I dropped to the trail and came up the stone wall. Getting through the rocks on the way out of five was torture and I added too much climb for this to be a good route, even though I executed just fine. along the hillside to 7, got too high but saw the boulder on the spur so knew I was on the right contour at the end. Still lost a lot of time to Boris (straighter is better is the take home lesson here). down to 8, very fast. almost tripped on the slope which proffered a scary few moments of trying to regain my balance. In the circle I thought the flag was on the boulder cluster, didn't read my descriptions until I got past the rocks and didn't see the flag. on 9 it was easy to see the boulders as we climbed the slope. I stayed low on the way to 10 because I was feeling tired and didn't want to climb any extra.... the running wasn't as good and I lost a bunch of time to others here even though I executed well (Straight still equals good). to 11 I came past the stone wall and climbed a bit on the trail, coming a bit farther right of the line than I had initially planned... but the running was better so I drifted. Came over the top of the vague hillside and had a moment of disorientation where I felt like I was drifting even further right on the line. But snapped back into focus when I saw a hilltop and cliff combo that I was looking for and then into the control, the flag was wrapped way around the back of the cliff (met up with Ken here too). 12 just follow the re-entrant. 13 I was going well, counting little ridges and got pulled off by a control one ridge too early. I punched and saw the code was off and knew that I needed to go one further. Stayed quite low on the way to 14, only climbing when I saw the bare rock patch above me. 15 I picked up speed sensing the finish ahead. crossed the swamp then up down up and then a quick look at the descriptions to see it was a reentrant and a quick look behind me to get my bearing off a distinctive cliff. Came blazing down to the trail at 16, and saw Corinne going into the control. Legs felt good in the chute.
good enough for the win, and more importantly good enough to beat Boris by just a few seconds :) his race was better than mine, but I was running faster at the very end. (he was waking up controls too, which ought to teach him a lesson about being helpful and volunteering)
Then quickly off to help at start (all running smoothly with the Bundschuhs, Worner/Kohns, and Gagarins in charge) and eventually some control retrieval.
Back to Boris and Kat's place where I did my best to imitate a swarm of locusts. Fun times!