Entered into my first orienteering race today and really enjoyed it, it was a 75 Minute score-O and I managed a sweep in 58 minutes.
I underestimated myself somewhat and didn't think I would be capable of clearing the course (I didn't realise they were set up so that it was even possible to clear it, let alone for a rookie), so halfway around I had to take a bit of a detour to get some points which I had originally decided to leave. Also need to work on not going back to the same point twice (yeah, whoops).
Next time I need to organise some spikier shoes (x-talon 212's are apparently the in-thing) and maybe a compass that still operates while I'm still moving - suggestions?
Looking back at the map now I'm trying to figure out what would have been the best route for a course sweep and hoping some of you guys could provide a bit more of an experienced insight.
link to the map below with my route drawn on. I was about to drop down to point 72 before I realised I would easily have time to get the controls in the middle of the map which I had earlier opted to leave.http://imgur.com/szWaCUi