West Point Middle Distance race. I won the red course today, which is a cool feeling that I have not had many times. Overall, this was a good race for me. No wandering on hillsides, good attackpoints and control, good route choices and steady and fast speeds.
Much better than my middle last year at West Point where I never built any speed and had trouble on most legs. http://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_408...
I freaked out on the way to #1. I got partway down the leg and suddenly worried about where I was and what my plan was. I took a sharp right and hit the big reentrant, which reassured me a bit. I then climbed up the reentrant and stood staring at where the control was located, but since I didn't see the bare rock I was hesitant to move forward. Finally convinced myself that I was right and then found the control! Didn't follow one of my golden rules: "Run all the way to the middle of the circle." After that I stopped thinking that I couldn't orienteer and took my time to execute and plan each leg. The splits show a mistake on #6, but I nailed it. It seems that ! was just really slow coming out of the control on that leg... or maybe I was slow running down the rocky hillside. I messed up #7, even though looking at it now I should have figured it out. I meant to come down the slot in the cliffs right above the control, but I came down the one to the left. I should have realized this because I saw the smaller cliff above the large row of cliffs and was using it to navigate in. I hit the cliffs and turned left, which should have been a sign. I think I had trouble letting go of my original plan. I was confused when I came out the bottom and nothing quite matched up. I ran to the stream, checked contours and slowly made my way back to the control. After that it was smooth sailing into the finish :)