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Orienteering! I find that after days of major lethargy, it's hard to get out and train again. The less I train, the harder it is each day. We took the juniors over to Rockhouse and planned their courses with them. Then Ross and I suited up and headed out on the Blue course.
I was tired and just wanted to curl up in the car and sleep. Still, no excuse for my wandering on the way to #1. I hit the same wrong boulder than everyone else did and although I recovered well eventually (by going to the boulders at the top of the hill) I spent too long wandering in the green. As soon as I left the clearing, I knew that I was on shaky ground, as I meant to attack off the square stone wall, but I didn't see it anymore. That meant I was attacking off the side of a linear feature. I saw the big boulder in front of me, but I knew that if it really was my boulder I just got lucky. It was not, and I could not locate an individual boulder on the map. I wandered a bit further before going to the top of the hill. On the way back down, I ran right by the boulder again and saw its pair - a flat boulder that I couldn't see before in the green. Realizing that this was the pair, it made my control much easier.
That was the only time I really had to stand around for that long scratching my head, but I made some other route choice errors and small errors in the control circle. On the way to 2 I decided to go through the rocky green, and I'm wondering if around the swamp and along the trail would have been faster. I stood for over a minute at 3 trying to decide on a route to 4, before picking the left route - trail to stream and then up the side of the hill. Unfortunately, I angled too sharply out of 3 and was reluctant to climb and go through the green to the trail. So instead I ran hesitantly along, wondering why I was never hitting the trail. Laziness on my part. The stream bed was ok, and then I went up the reentrant, but didn't go high enough. After a bit of walking and self doubt, I relocated off the boulder in the white shallow reentrant. I think it got smoother after that, but I was have to admit I was quickly becoming tired of bashing through the laurel. Time to load splits!