Orienteering race 1:16:59  *** 7.6 mi (10:08 / mi) +270m 9:07 / mi
17c shoes: Icebug olx
QOC McKeldin Red. A decent course and a reasonably competent run in unexpectedly nice weather. Some of this was very familiar, from the training event this summer also set by the Maces. So I didn't waste time looking for the pit at the far northeast tip, and I didn't get hung up in the cliffs along the river coming back from that control (Instead, I went back up over the top and down to the saddle, but I was told later you can get by on a trail right at the river's edge, which might have been better, except for the sensation that you're getting shot at from the firing range just across the river).
I wasted some time running to #4 in the pine forest, because I somehow got the idea I had gone too far, and kept second-guessing the terrain. Even with the recent field work it seems like there's more terrain detail than mapped in that little valley alongside the road, but maybe that's just my confusion. The zig-zags at 6-7-8-9 were nice -- that was a better area for them than where they were in the summer, but there was still some brambly stuff to get through. No. 12 at the end of the narrow ride was a place I don't remember being before, and then I lost the trail through the swampy area to the base of the big ridge. From 13 to 14 was all on the trail, and so was 14 to 15. Too bad. No. 16 was more interesting, but might have been improved by locating the control farther into the woods.
I wore the Garmin, but it was useless. I forgot to start it when I started (I have a perfect record in that regard -- I've worn a watch at every A-meet in the past 5 years, and never once remembered to start it). When I did get it started I turned it off at the next control, thinking I was hitting the lap button. Oh well. Try again next time.
Addie's new pants were a great hit.