Didn't start watch until 6th control...so GPS isn't worth it.
So, I knew it would be an exhausting weekend. We left at about 4:30am so Claire could sleep in the car for most of the trip without being awake to much in the car-seat. We would be staying with Drew and Lindsay up in Indy so we could get together with the Ball State guys and Gail could meet up with Jess. this meant I would be getting up early to drive down to Bloomington each day. It was worth it to see everyone and do an event in soem special places for me.
With feedings etc... it took about 7 hours to get to B-town and I had a bit of time to relax before my start, but a sprint is never the easiest thing to do right out of the car after such a long trip.
First cool thing. The start triangle for the sprint was literally on the corner of the HPER building and the waiting area was outside the loading dock where I used to eat lunch. First problem... it appeared my dibler wasn't working at the start and I had to rush around to figure out why. In the end, I just wasn't holding it in the clear box long enough... I got a late start, but the clock doesn't start till you e-pinch the start box so no loss. It did help me forget to start the GPS watch though.
It is amazing how much I didn't remember about campus and the student union (that I wandered before my start for old-times sake). This type of sprint was a lot of fun. Not technical, so no large mistakes- but lots of small things to learn about the sprint maps. We'll get to that.
Controls 1-4 were fine, I was hesitant in the beginning, but started to feel more confident as I went. #5 was a little issue because I broke the rules (first learning point). I had no idea olive green was forbidden. Green is just a color of vegetation to me. Red lines mean forbidden. I had studied a black and white print out of sprint map rules focusing on black lines and such and how to know if a wall or such was crossable or not. Obviously the olive green completely evaded me. This is my first 'urban' sprint. I did my first sprint at NAOC, but that was a park map. As I took a direct approach to 5 I crossed through a planting I figured was not good to cross- I was already through it though. No DQ or anything, but a lesson learned and some time lost pondering what to do in the middle of it.
Controls 6-7-8-9 were also fine. I was really getting a bit more of a groove. I was not attacking it due to my knees and tightness, but I was feeling much more confident as I went. #10 messed with me a little bit. I was always getting myself to the right spot on the map but not really reading the exact location and I don't have a clue what the clues mean. #10 was behind the stairs and I ran past it a few times trying to find it. This lack of fine detail in my mind effected me throughout the course.
#11 was fine, then #12 really messed me up. It was a in a recessed court yard and I ran right to where I needed to be and just couldn't see it. Instead of being confident of where I was, I assumed I had made a mistake and actually ended up backtracking and then on the return noticed the sunken courtyard. Loads of time lost there.
Even though number 12 hit my confidence, I did keep rolling hard, making several small errors like #10. #15 I headed off in the wrong direction for a little bit and had to stop and actually take a bearing to get myself righted, all it takes is little woods to mes me up. I had been checking myself with the compas, as a background 'sense' but had gotten lazy just at the wrong time.
#19 I just ran right past like #10.
Had a blast. I really like these type of sprints I think. With the technical aspect down, 'the big mistake' I am always making, that takes me out of it completely, is not as likely. It is about route choice and aggressiveness. For those reasons, this is my highest A-meet score by far- even with my mistakes. Todd Pownell of NEOOC is also new to orienteering and a real nice guy so we compare a lot. I am able to run faster then him, but he doesn't make the big mistakes. SO I got him here. Because of my mistakes, he got me in both the long and the middle over the next two days, despite on controls without mistakes I was much faster.
All in all awesome to be back on campus for an orienteering meet. Had a dinner out in town and then headed up to Indy.