Orienteer race (Middle) 1:20:45  3.6 mi (22:26 / mi)
shoes: Icebug Spirit-L olx
I was SO much hoping to do better in this event, after all the difficult terrain that I've been in this year. I know I haven't been fast, but I've gotten a lot better at reading maps and figuring out what's going on.
But once again I found myself with same old results.
Lots and lots of boulders to navigate around but I mostly tried to ignore them unless they were REALLY big and so that didn't seem to confuse me too much. There were some boulders that could qualify as an island if they had been in a swamp. Those I could find on the map.
I took a very safe route to 1, way out to the trail, just to avoid the "First Control BOOM". And that worked fine. So I had my First Control BOOM on the second control instead.
In retrospect, I think my biggest problems came when I simplified to "I'll just run to the trail on a bearing, keep general idea of where I am and then relocate". "General Idea" wasn't good enough. Of course, keeping right ON the map is also very slow for me so I'm not sure that would have given me a better time but I would have had a cleaner run.
Nonetheless, as always, I seemed to enjoy myself more than my results warrant. I guess that's why it's easy to keep coming back for more punishment. I took home 3rd medal (US) which was a gift and I still like having it even if it wasn't deserved.
Truly, it seems as if almost every event this year I have run in the 1:20s, so I was hopeful that I could do that for the LONG too.