Orienteering race 44:59  ** 5.7 km (7:54 / km) +150m 6:58 / km
I had a decent race at Point Defiance today. I hadn't been there in awhile (If I recall correctly, last year's PD meet was cancelled due to snow) but I decided beforehand that when in doubt I would avoid cross-country travel as much as possible, and allow myself to focus on keeping up a solid pace while looking ahead to upcoming legs.
That served me well, although ironically I still made a true beginner's mistake - coming onto a trail and running the wrong way due to not paying attention to the map and reading it 90 degrees sideways - that probably lost me two minutes. I hadn't made a mistake like that in years! Oh well.
I also had a bit of a scuffle with point 3, and I think the map there wasn't entirely accurate. I came out of a trail onto a road, and the control was mapped as being directly across the road bearing slightly to the right, in a shallow reentrant maybe 30-40 meters into the green. I crashed in, found nothing, circled back around left, and found the control as I worked back uphill.
As I came back up to the road, I was definitely to the "wrong" side of the junction - slightly, but it was still noticeable that the control location and map didn't quite jive. Most other people didn't seem to note the same thing - I think you could see the control coming off the road if you simply looked left, and you wouldn't be worried about it.
Anyway, not a big deal and, hey, no excuses. I ended up third after Eric and Peteris - with a clean run I would have been second (but not if Peteris had also been clean).
In two weeks, I'll try to redeem myself at Lord Hill after a bit of a fiasco at the A-meet last spring.