This was my third time at Watershed Park, and I still haven't discovered the best way to attack those trails. This time around I moved with a little more caution through some of the trickier areas in order to maintain higher-than-usual level of map contact. No major issues (unlike last year), just 15-30s bobbles here and there. 4-5 I attempted to head due north to the large trail, but instead managed to head northeast and came out at the junction along the 10-11 line. Incredibly, I did the EXACT same thing on the way 8-9.
-Overran 13 to the trail junction and had to double back
-Probably took a poor route to 18 (went east instead of south)
-Bobbled 19, 23, and 28 inside the circle - just trouble spotting the control
-Drifted too far north 19-20, missed the white path through the woods
-Got flummoxed by an unmapped trail 20-21
I probably left three or four, maybe five minutes out there, and ended up 1:06 behind Adam Woods, 0:55 behind Magnus. I can live with that under the circumstances. I'd like to see the splits but I can't find them online.
On a separate note, I think I surprised some of the Canadians at Sprint Camp - which is understandable, because I surprised myself as well. I've now met almost all the Vancouver guys near the top of the board and it's amusing to detect a little "Where did this guy come from?" puzzlement now and again. I even got a "oh, YOU'RE Will Enger!" on Sunday.
Basically, being good at orienteering is fun, and earning the respect of others who are good at orienteering is satisfying, encouraging and humbling all at once.