Orienteering race 47:39  *** 6.1 km (7:49 / km) +135m 7:02 / km
spiked:13/13c shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280
QOC Manassas Green. Normally I would have run Red, but I got there late, and it was cold, and Florence was running Yellow (I thought), and 8K seemed like a lot given my lack of long distance conditioning, so I made a split-second decision to run Green. That's what orienteering is about, right? Making the right decision and doing it quickly.
It was pretty much full speed, no mistakes (thanks, Tero). I thought for a while about the route from 4 to 5, and decided to thread a path through the yellow, but there may have been a little hesitation at the far end where things started to get vague. I thought again about the route from 10 to 11. On that one, I hit the tip end of the parking lot, took the trail to the jog just before the top of the ridge, and ran the side of the ridge in the white, counting paces and cutting right at the last minute into the reentrant.
On 12, I got through the green pretty quickly, but wasn't sure about the clearings. So I ran out to the road and back in at the reentrant just before the hill. That turned out to be a pretty fast route.
What I noticed from the split analysis is that I did relatively well on the legs that required some navigation, like 9, 10, and 12, kind of medium on the route choice legs, like 4, 5, and 11, and relatively poorly on the dead runs, like 13 and F. I didn't expect that.
Anyway, a very clean run, 7:40 per k, but second place by a minute.
When I got back to the car to change, I discovered that my compass magnifier had snapped off. I have no idea when it happened. I think it was in the woods in the last few controls, but I don't remember falling, or any other unusual impact. It was the plastic one that's made for the Moscow Compasses, and it had been working well for me. Gotta get a replacement soon.