Orienteering race 1:00:07  *** 5.3 km (11:21 / km) +250m 9:11 / km
spiked:13/16c shoes: VJ Falcons 5
Green X course at Love the Lakes A-meet. FR battery was low, so no track (also no cheating!). Distance and climb above are as shown on the control descriptions. Mostly open woods with terrain typical of the Hudson Valley (hills and rocks). Excellent weather (sunny and 60F). Leaf cover made the footing tricky at times.
The map was less than stellar. While printed at 1:10000, the symbols seem to be at 1:15000 size. And, there are lots of them. The printing was such that things appeared a bit fuzzy, so it was tough to distinguish boulders from cliffs.
A so-so run with smallish misses on three controls (6, 8 and 10) - probably lost 4-5 minutes on those plus some small execution errors. Seemed like I had to walk a lot and didn't feel like I could push the pace. 3rd in M60, 10th on Green X. 3 minutes behind Ron, 2 minutes up on Phil, who's promising to run faster tomorrow.
Unfortunately, the course design was not A-meet quality. The only other course I've seen is Brown X and it was similarly weak. Several doglegs, an intermediate level leg with about 7 contours of gratuitous climb (on a course which already had plenty of climb), and a leg (8-9) which used esentially the same approach as #1 (control 1 was a logical attack point for 9). Maybe it's personal preference, but I think a longer leg (1km+) and fewer 300m legs would have improved the course. And putting a water stop on the bee line from 5-6 rules out a couple of route choices on what is otherwise a pretty good leg. Assuming that the course consultant did his job, what went wrong?