Orienteering race 44:28  **** 2.5 mi (17:47 / mi) +90m 16:00 / mi
spiked:8/12c shoes: Yellow Falcons
Pineridge XC Ski Center, East Poestenkill, NY (east of Albany). Day 1 of O in the Pines. Middle Brown. 4th of about 12 in M65, 4th overall of about 45 on Brown. Not as cold as yesterday. Wore long sleeved smart wool under my O-shirt, and I was too hot by #2. Falcons were just fine (they'd made my feet sore at Calero last week).
Took about 3 controls to get into the map. Couldn't run much anyway because the ground was so rocky, but bobbled around some on each of those first 3, losing about a minute on each. After that I started getting it, started moving faster, started getting more confident. By the end I was mostly running. A little trouble on the GO control because there was so much on the map there I couldn't read it, but otherwise did reasonably well on the last 9. Many good Brown runners made large errors but I managed to stay out of those, stopping frequently (until #10) to make sure I could tell what's what. Did better than I thought expected. Ought to try to push it a little harder tomorrow.
#1. Really stupid error coming out of the start triangle. We were on a long straight road. Had gotten on that road from the assembly area heading S, and I apparently didn't check my compass once I was in the start triangle and hadn't noticed that the road had bent and was now heading E. So when I turned over my map I was looking for something heading straight S, and I mistakenly picked out a N-S line and thought it was the road. Seeing that the first control was well to the right of that line, I jumped off the road and headed to the right, pace counting. After about 50m I looked at my compass and realized I had the map rotated by 90 degrees. Trying not to get too upset about the stupidity of the error, went back to the road and used some little clearings, obvious on the ground, to guide me into the control. Lost about a minute.
#2. (more to come... )
Running warm up/down 8:00  0.65 mi (12:19 / mi)
shoes: Yellow Falcons
Warm up on the road to the start. Legs felt pretty good.
No cool down. Not that tired when I finished.