Orienteering race 57:19  4.74 mi (12:05 / mi) +151m 11:00 / mi
ROC meet at Mendon Ponds - Red course.
Forgot to start the Garmin at the start, and forgot to put the HR monitor on (in my rush to get out to minimize delay of watching the Bills game), so this is incomplete. Lost about 15 seconds going to C2 because I checked the spur where I hit the trail, even though I was sure it wasn't the right one.
Led a guy into C3 and he passed me, then I lost about 10 seconds when he went right on the trail leading out and I went that way briefly. Took the woods to C4 since the rough open looked nasty. Pace counted and cut over a little short, but wasn't sure enough and paused to read the map. Leaving C4, Z was coming in from the other direction. Heading to C5, I told myself "don't go left", but I managed to do so and cut in from the wrong point on the trail - realized the contours didn't line up and had to head back a ways. Z beat me to the control and he had done another control in between. Ran behind Z to C6, then had to tie my shoe (16 seconds, as I punched before and after). Ran hard up the hill and caught back up to Z, who had instructions to jog after yesterday's race. Overshot the trail to the right to C7, maybe 20 seconds lost. Climbed more than necessary to C8, to make sure I didn't miss it.
Going back to C9, I took the (backwards) route that should have been used to C8, avoiding the climb again. Lost time by staying on the trails, but it was safe. C10 should have been a good leg for me, but I had no legs after yesterday and here it showed the most. Then when I got to the edge of the yellow, there was no flag. Came back out to the trail and measured more carefully, but wound up in the same spot, so I busted thru the green to find the reentrant, took a couple steps towards it and spotted the flag: far from the center of the circle (probably right at the edge). At least that made an easier run to C11. No problem with C12, but not a good line leaving it. Then it was just try to hustle in on my dead legs. Did manage to break 10 min/km, so not terrible.