Orienteering race 1:42:22  *** 7.8 km (13:07 / km) +180m 11:46 / km
ahr:176 max:190 spiked:6/17c slept:10.0 shoes: Integrators (Red)
CNYO Classic. Not as good today. Quite mediocre, in fact. I "slept" 10 hours, but I'm not sure how much I really got, because I felt like I needed a lot more. Probably not as well hydrated as I should have been either.
Several ~2 min sized mistakes today, just overall not very smooth. I wasn't really reading the map as I went as well as I was yesterday. It was more chunky, which caused problems. And, of course, there's the fact that this glasses thing is getting ridiculous - I need contacts (or some other non-foggy/rain resistant solution) if I want to be able to orienteer seriously in all weather conditions. I'll get back to that, as it's a minor issue compared to my overall performance.
I started off okay, cautiously considering that the terrain was certainly more complex than the previous day. Got to the first control okay, felt a little more comfortable, but really sloppy to the next. There was a minor issue of a fence being longer than mapped (which happned again) which confused me. I didn't think it was that bad, as Peggy (started 3 min before) was going in to 2 as I was leaving, but then Angelica (started 3 min after) was with us on the way to 3, so obviously I lost at least 2 minutes in those first two.
I was a little more with it for rest of the front side of the map, and then had a series of slips. First was not paying attention out of 8 and thinking I was aiming off to the right when really I was quite left of where I wanted. Then, on the way to 10, I blew by the trail I wanted and hit the next one - 300m later! - before realizing what had happened. At this point I was in no hurry - I just wanted to get through the course with no more mistakes.
I basically did that, I was just moving terribly slowly and deliberately and felt like I couldn't concentrate. Stopped to tie my laces (which had been flapping for an hour because I forgot to tape them), stopped to take off my glasses and swear (because I could see nothing with the darkness and the rain), and stopped to help some old lady who was exactly where she thought she was but still seemed to think that she didn't know where she was. That all took a little bit of time, too.
I never really felt "on" today with the map, though I suppose I was at least successful in preventing any seriously huge mistakes. That's not really as comforting anymore, but I guess it is improvement. My bad days are getting better, I think.
Winner (Sam?) in ~72, a decent spread after that back to me, a little farther back that I would have liked.
This seemed like a neat course, I wish I'd been able to really attack it better.