-=Buffalo Orienteering Festival - Middle At Hunters Creek=-
Definitely from the first control, which took me very long to take, i realized im very out of practical orienteering habits.
After i took the 1st cp (on the way to which i had crossed a stream on a path); I picked my route choice to the 2nd cp through a path crossing a stream again.. it was another stream, so i rushed to the one i passed making a 2 minute mistake :) very stupid. i thought it was very funny when i saw that river..
The rest of the race wasn't so great either. Pulse jumping up an down. Could not think clearly since i was not able to nearly run the speed im normally used to, leading to more and more dumb route choices and mistakes.
Nick had caught up to me after another mistake, and I took many of the next controls with him and Laszlo. Another mistake to last control.
Overall, i was not very pleased. Race was too fast for my current condition, and i could not think clearly. Just felt awkward.
-=Buffalo Orienteering Festival - Sprint At Emery Park=-
First week running of a 3 week sickness, so i was surprised some of my splits were still competitive.
Ran easily at the beginning to break into the map and race. Took the first 2 cps fine. The 3rd is what cost me to have a clean result. Everything was fine. I saw all of the trails i crossed and the streams. Even saw the fence, where I got a rough bearing again to make sure I am headed straight towards the control. Once i reached closer to the stream/control, the root stock either did not catch my attention, or i did not look for it, but i do know i was looking for the swamp that is right before the control. Since it rained just before the start, i found a swamp.. but it was way lower and even kinda had the same shape.. I went down the stream, then i saw another rootstock, checked it.. obviously nothing. So it kinda sucked right there, went here and there, then went up the stream again, surprised to find the cp there. My dad tells me that he was about to take that same control, and he was 2 minutes back, and even though he never saw me again after, this mistake cost me at least a 2nd =(
I went to check that control after the race when i got my map back. The hill definitely pushed me a bit to the right, but that swamp still sticks out lol and the rootstock really doesn't.. for me.. I think its the way the tree is lying. For my perception, it kinda blends in with everything else.
Anyways, not a bad race, and i am not really that disappointed. I did not expect much from this event.