Walking to arena, to start, back to bus, into town, to event center, and back to camp site.
Orienteering1:10:04**** 4.15 mi (16:53 / mi) +215ft16:06 / mi ahr:159 max:186 spiked:11/21c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser yellow
I felt better about my performance today, even though it wasn't a very good race. I think because I felt familiar with the glacial moraine terrain, and the woods were dry. 1 - strong start 2 - veered a bit further left than planned, but I realized it and adjusted my plan to hit the control 3 - too far left and hit the wrong reentrant. Easy fix 4 - horrible. A very short control, I started too far right, but ended up too far left. I think I must have been confused by the white/light green vegetation boundary and the complex network of white and rough open rides through the light green 5 - went right to hit a trail for the easy attackpoint 6 - pretty good. I ended up about 10-15m right of the control, but spotted it easily 7 - there were 5 contours stacked pretty close, so I was looking for a steep slope down. When I had gone too far, I saw that some of them were form lines, so it wasn't as steep as expected 8 - rough open is very hard to run through. I should have hit the trail to the right for faster running to the rough open area, and a shorter distance to go in the rough open 9 - not much detail to go by, and I ended up about 20m too far left 10 - more rough open, but shorter, and there were some pseudo paths to follow for part of it (looked like possibly 100+ year old logging road) 11 - I was in the right spot, and saw the control, but THOUGHT I was in the wrong place, because it didn't look the way I expected. Arghh! 12-15 - good, fairly quick 16 - awful. The first half of the leg was solid, the second half... not so much. It turns out that the area that I thought was medium green was still white. I was all over the place, and ended up going back to 15 to try again 17 - I was right on, but fell for the temptation to check out an earlier control about 75m before my control 18 - solid 19 - clean nav, but I went to the right of the little hill, and should have gone to the left 20 - good 21 - I ran directly to the mandatory crossing point, but when I saw the red and white tape, my brain said "Out of bounds," and I ran a couple of meters past it. A few people passed me there, but I passed them back on the straight run to 21 and the finish stretch
Walking to the arena, to the start, cool down after, and back to catch the bus.
Orienteering2:08:24**** 5.16 mi (24:53 / mi) +862ft21:29 / mi ahr:146 max:183 spiked:10/19c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser yellow
Day 2, Glen Strathfarrar. The terrain was very physically challenging. Today went much better than yesterday. I definitely didn't navigate cleanly, but I didn't get completely lost like I did at the start yesterday. At one point i was struck by the sight of an open moor below me with at least 4 dozen orienteers criscrossing in all directions. Something we don't see back home...
First control. I was much more careful (didn't want a repeat of yesterday). But the navigation and terrain were also more difficult. None of the powerlines were on the map; they would have helped a ton. Several of the other runners in the area were complaining loudly that they should have been on the map, but I did see that they announced it in the daily bulletin.
Long leg to 4. I started out OK, but lost track of where I was. This was a leg through a moor along a step hillside (mountainside?) with a lot of marshes and thick bracken along the way. I ended up too far downhill. Fortunately, at the point when I was sure I was too low, it was easy to navigate the climb back up to the control.
Short leg to 16 in a thick pine forest. I went over a spur, and missed the small reentrant on the map. I followed it, thinking it was the bigger one I was looking for. My first relocation was using an uncertain feature. If I was correct, it would have paid off; but I wasn't. Second relocation was better.
Run/walk to the start, including a trip back to the arena from about the halfway point to pick up my forgotten compass, dibber, and description holder.
Orienteering1:57:18**** 7.39 mi (15:52 / mi) +454ft15:00 / mi ahr:162 max:181 spiked:17/25c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser yellow
First race of the Scottish 6 Days, in Achagour. I had a major mistake on the first control. I felt confident, but I confused the real trails and the elephant tracks (from probably about 4000 competitors by the time I started). I eventually relocated by finding my control #7.
Other significant mistakes: 14 - had to navigate through some complex archery range trails. I was doing awesome, running past many others who were looking very confused. But I made a mistake right before getting to my control, and had a hard time relocating because of the trail complexity. 15 - just a bad leg in general. I'm going to blame it on losing focus when I broke through a bog and sunk in thigh-deep. 21 - running along a ride, looking for an intersecting ride to attack from. I completely missed that there were a series of straight, parallel trails through the area. I attacked from one of those trails, and when it was clear that it wasn't right, I just ran parallel to the does ride to my control. The problem was that the whole area was a series of furrows and ditches, about 1 1/2 to 2 feet high, and I was going perpendicular to them. Up and down... up and down... up and down...