Orienteering race (Long) 1:42:53  **** 11.9 km (8:39 / km)
spiked:26/30c shoes: Falcons
Finally a decent race.
I'm sitting in a library right now between trainings so will add details later. I seriously plan on doing a detailed analysis of this race.
Here's a start:
I didn't do a huge warm up because I knew it was going to be a long race and that I didn't want to go out to fast. (I find I go out faster after a better warm up) I got confused as to which trail I was on at the start so cut off north east on a compass bearing, ended up fairly far off track, and took a non-optimal route choice to the first control. I think I lost a little over 2 minutes on that route choice but I executed it quite well and had absolutely no problems finding the control.
I went out on a compass bearing checking off features (mostly rock walls) on my way to the second control. I got dragged off course somewhere though and relocated at the top of the hill by the corner of a rock wall. Blasted straight to 3 then was able to take the first half of the leg to 4 nice and fast, slowing down and orienteering carefully (and well :)) on the last bit of the leg. 5 and 6 were good controls, orienteered well and maintained decent speed.
Then I got it into my head that there was a big hill after a swamp that I should go somewhat south of and take the trails that wind 'around' the hill. I don't know what I was thinking because the trails end up going pretty much completely over the hill as well and I were super confusing to follow. anyway, I orienteered super slowly on this leg once I got to the trails so as not to get completely lost and lost several minutes on that leg.
8 was a fairly easy matter of following a ridge to a large marsh and then finding the right cliff. 9 should have been very straight forward. There was an obvious stream that lead right past the control but I didn't see it. All I noticed when I looked at that leg at 8 was a huge cliff about 60 m before the control which I used as an attackpoint. The problem was that the cliff was actually 2 cliffs and I went between them thinking I was going around. I lost 3 1/2 minutes or so there when I couldn't reorient very well.
Controls 10 and a 11 were fairly straight forward as long as you were really careful in the green around the control.
Leg 12 was long and I think I had quite a good route choice on that. I'm very pleased with how I ran it.