Orienteering 24:17  2.1 mi (11:34 / mi) +79m 10:21 / mi
ahr:152 max:173 shoes: Hoka SpeedGoat 2
West Point Trophy Point - Sprint Race Green course. A lousy run. Most of my problems were self-inflicted due to not reading control descriptions carefully. There were two controls (#2 and #15) that were classic sprint traps. On #2, I was expecting the control to be at the lower outside corner of the building. When I got there, another woman on the course said "Are you looking for #49? It is missing." So instead of ignoring her and reading the control description carefully, I looked around a little, concluded "Yup, it's not here" and continued on to #3. Punched #3, then #4. For the leg from 4 to 5, it was unclear from the map whether the lower (more direct) route was passable. So I re-climbed the stairs and went around to the left. Along the way, I spotted the 2nd control on the corner of a parapet about 30 feet above where I had been looking before. So I punched #2, returned to punch 3 and 4 and then took the stairs again to get from 4 to 5. Time lost on all this running around was over 3 minutes.
For the trap at 15, the control appeared to be at a covered entrance to a building. The entrance formed a bridge and there was a walkway below bounded by a 20 foot high wall on both sides. The description showed the flag location as under but of course I didn't read it close enough and looked on the upper level before backtracking to get around the wall. Maybe 30 seconds or so lost here.
I think the biggest issue with the Sprint was the length. Winning time was over 18 minutes versus a 12-15 minute standard. It should have been shortened at least 25%.
Finishing on the indoor track was awesome and it is always a treat to be able to run on the West Point campus so it was still fun. But I will never be a fan of sprint courses where the outcome is determined by ability to read fine detail on a control description. My homework from this race is to study and commit to memory the IOF sprint control symbols.