Orienteering race (Carp Ridge North) 36:49  ***** 4.3 km (8:34 / km) +75m 7:53 / km
18c shoes: Icebug Spirit2 OLX (2)
Middle distance at the North American Orienteering Championships. My strategy was to make the individual legs as simple as possible by relying on clear linear/point features (vehicle tracks, thick patches of forest, small knolls with clearings on top). I guess it worked...
Some of my route choices looked pretty silly in retrospect, but I managed to keep an eye on my compass at all times while staying in close contact with the map. My running speed through the thick, deadfall-strewn forest was atrocious, but taking straight compass headings when there wasn't a trail paid off a lot of the time (rounabout routes were usually slower and increased the chance of making a mistake). My only mistake came at the end of the course, on the last control, when I saw a taped chute and mindlessly ran through it; it turned out to be the chute leading to the spectator control, not the GO control.
I was quite surprised when I learned that I had won, mostly because I have very little experience orienteering on anything that looks remotely like this. Tomorrow is another day, and again, I'm not used to Longs with less than 300 meters of climb... (-;