Orienteering race 51:04  *** 3.4 km (15:01 / km) +155m 12:14 / km
spiked:12/14c shoes: Icebug Spikes
US Middle Distance Championships (Moreau Lake State Park) - Green Y Course. I was relishing another opportunity to race in this great terrain but the course got the better of me today. My game plan was to take things slow and deliberate and maintain map contact at all times.
The plan worked well to #1 but then enroute to #2, I was having trouble counting off the marshes and ended up too far right. I corrected from the large cliffs but already a costly mistake with several minutes lost. I redoubled my efforts and was clean for the next 9 controls.
From the map, #12 looked to be one of the easier controls. A large marsh just beyond provided a can't-miss catching feature. I headed off on a beeline from 11 and things seemed to be fine until I got to where the flag should be. There was nothing in the area that looked like the dot knolls on the map. I dropped into the re-entrant beyond where the control should have been. Everything looked correct. Back up to the top of the hill to search for the flag and still nothing. Now I was questioning whether I was really where I thought I was. I expanded my search to no avail. Finally bailed to the tip of the large marsh and re-attacked. This time I was successful. I found the flag wedged into a tiny cranny and pushed down so it was touching the ground. The feature looked more like a pit than two dot knolls. I had passed right by it at least twice already but had not been able to see the flag. I really did not like this control selection. At least 7 minutes lost. My race was over. Finished rather PO'ed.