Orienteering race 53:21  *** 3.0 km (17:47 / km) +185m 13:36 / km
spiked:9/12c shoes: Integrators Orange
Joe Grant North. Start was just across Mt. Hamilton Rd from Halls Valley. Very warm day (84 degrees when I left), so I got out early (9:48). Had no oomph, so walked all the hills, and the tall grass made running even along contours tiring, so never did much more than a jog. Pretty steady, reasonably accurate. Lost time on 3 legs (2, 3, 5) where I thought there were significant map problems. (At least some people did those legs well, so maybe I have to have a better strategy when there are map problems). Did very well on 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12. (On some of those legs taking trails might have been faster, but I wanted to practice navigating.) Did fine on 10 and 11 but had to rest during those legs. Lost a little time on 6, partly because I stopped for a few seconds to talk with Jennifer K, but can't really account for the rest of it.
2. Headed for side-by-side distinct trees, but it turned out they were mapped as dark green; had to turn left to get to the control. Lost :15.
3. Downhill to the trail, but came to a big unmapped fissure and was mightly confused. (Turned out that WAS the trail, but even now I don't see how the map is trying to represent that fissure, though SOMETHING is going on with the the contour lines.) Decided maybe I should try going straight (several people did, though that as much slower), but once at the edge of the fight, decided against it. Back to the fizzure, followed it W, found the little trail across, rest was simple. Lost 2 mins.
5. Got to the control circle quickly but there was an unmapped gap in the "forest" (which should have been at least light green). Before descending, not wanting to go to the wrong spot, peered down but couldn't see the control (it was there), tried the next gap, went further S, saw the boulder, bashed my way back along the reentrant bottom. Lost 2 mins.
11. Took the upper route, but had to climb much higher than expected because the rough vegetation extended much higher on the hillside than mapped.
Running warm up/down 10:00  0.6 mi (16:40 / mi)
shoes: Integrators Orange
Had to walk the steep uphills.