Orienteering 1:15:13  *** 5.2 km (14:28 / km) +245m 11:42 / km
spiked:10/12c shoes: Icebug Spikes
West Point A-Event Day 2 - Green X Course on the Black Rock Forest map (western section). I joked before the start that I expected to do well today since I was very fresh, having used neither my legs nor my brain on Day 1. I was a bit taken aback at the start area when I was relaxing chatting with people and heard them yell my name. My registration packet and bib both showed my start time as 9:50 but, unbeknownst to me, they apparently decided to change it to 9:34. I rushed to the 2nd line and managed to make the 9:34 start. Today was a better outing and certainly more enjoyable than yesterday's terrain. There were a lot less blueberries and laurel to contend with but it was still steep and rocky. I went out very deliberately, determined to avoid a repeat of the big errors. I was pretty successful at it until #11 which I must have circled completely around without seeing the flag - 5 mins lost. It was tucked pretty tightly between some rocks. Once again, I thought the map seemed suspect in there. The rest of my lost time was just due to slowness. I thought the course would have benefitted from 1 or 2 long legs - the leg lengths were all similar. There was a particularly brutal leg from 9-10 that involved major climb through stacked cliffs. The climb on today's course was calculated a little more accurately - it was only low by 50%.
In some ways, this event erased some of the progress the cadets have made over the past 10 years or so. They are young and I applaud what they do, but they need someone with a strong hand guiding them and that appeared to be lacking here. The issues with course lengths, climb miscalculation, and lack of water are easily correctible. It was still a fun event and I'm glad I went.