Orienteering 1:52:39  5.0 km (22:32 / km) +394ft 20:07 / km
shoes: Salomon Speedcross 3
Maybe tomorrow will be my day! More details after I decompress and try to get over this humiliation. Beautiful woods, though. Hughmac3 did great! 3rd place out of 17!! Way to go, POPS!
now, onto the Green Y. you know that pixies song "where is my mind?" --that was me today.
1-2 just fine, slow
#3 is where things started to go wrong. got pulled to the left seeing other people going to what ended up being my #10 control, went to check it out but did NOT check the number on my own clue sheet. DUH. then i had to relocated back to that same control, finally realizing it was mine, and even then didn't totally nail this reentrant control. did give the location away to Wyatt by accident, though, so at least i did some good ;)
4-7 slowgoing, trying to be careful, just compass and pace and check off any features i could see - so didn't make any huge mistakes but wasn't going fast and wasn't feeling totally confident
#9 this was my worst one. plan was to get to the trail / stone wall junction but i never found the stone wall, and ran up and down the trail trying to figure out where i was. made a guess and went in to get the knoll, found a knoll but no control, my brain stopped working and i got kind of flustered and downtrodden in here. went BACK to the frickin trail, went FARTHER north on the trail, found the wall, attacked again, got it. here it became the green WHY course.
#10 which boulder? was in a group of people swarming the area not finding this one. finally found it.
#12 lost my bearing, ended up going to #13, not realizing it was my #13 right away, finally relocating to 12 from it. another DUH moment.
#13 / 14 / Finish - just slow and feeling like a dummy.
stomach was iffy, not enough nutrition, and i didn't listen to my lucky song. that must have been it. haha. glad i finished today, there was a moment searching for #9 when i thought maybe i wouldn't. beautiful woods, i could learn so much from them if i would just slow down and relax.