Orienteering race 35:30** 7.11 km (5:00 / km) +132m4:34 / km ahr:144 max:182 14c
Winter League 5 @ Fort Steilacoom. A lovely day and enjoyable race, though a bit of a runner's course for my taste. I lost close to a minute in the circle at 4; I thought the description and control placement were a little creative there. In glancing at the map, I assumed the control was on the south tip of the left thicket, because there's no other feature in the middle of the circle. Had I checked the description, I would have seen that the feature was "between thickets" - which is strange because there is a trail running between the thickets, so the de facto feature was the trail, which is not exactly a feature one puts controls on. The flag also happened to be placed in some tall grass on the right side of the trail, while I was snooping around the thicket on the left side of the trail. My problem was compounded (created?) by the fact that I had forgotten my orienteering bag, so didn't have a description holder and was often loathe to go to the trouble of unfolding the map and checking the on-map descriptions.
Also lost 30s on 6 when I didn't find/trust an indistinct trail, and some time on route choice to 11. Peteris got me by a minute, which means that we've now had five different winners of Winter League events, which is surely unprecedented. More incredibly, Bonesaw has not yet won one; if he wins the next (which is a distinct possibility given that I understand he will be there, and also that one of his main competitors [me] will not be), we will have had six (!) different winners covering four different countries and three continents. However, I am not sure who we can find to win the seventh to complete the...septet?
Running warm up/down 10:54  1.19 mi (9:10 / mi)