Orienteering race 1:06:43  *** 5.9 km (11:18 / km) +165m 9:55 / km
ahr:150 max:170 spiked:10/12c shoes: VJ Iroc
US Classic Champs - Green X course on the Hangman Tree map. As expected, the Day 2 terrain proved more challenging than Day 1. There was more understory and visibility was reduced. I was fine through the first 3 controls and then was a bit slow on the first long leg when I was having some trouble correlating the map to the ground on my route a little right of the straight line. I figured things out 2/3 of the way through the leg though and was ok on my approach. Andras caught me at #6 and we ran together through #8. Leaving 8, I was in the lead and had decided to take the left hand route along the stream - looked relatively simple. But I was sloppy with my map reading and headed up the wrong stream valley to the tune of a 7 minute error. Not the first time I've done this in Quantico terrain. I apparently haven't learned from my past transgressions. After #9, the rest of the course was smooth.
Perhaps mercifully, my GPS seems to have shut off a little before the error.
It was a fun weekend and my results were about as I expected. I need to do more orienteering if I want to avoid the sloppy mistakes. Thanks to QOC for all their efforts - it was a very well done event.