Orienteering race 14:11 2.4 km (5:55 / km)
shoes: La Guardia NZS
ROC Sprint Series. RIT Campus.
This was first time I did urban type of sprint and I was not sure how I would do. I did not do too bad. I think I was overly cautious about trying to determine gardens that I should not be crossing. They were factor but not as much as I thought it would. Second time around I would use building layouts as catching features, less trying to figure out gardens, and run around gardens as I encounter them. I think I lost too much time trying to predict where gardens will be to run around them.
As far as orienteering mistakes - #3 was disaster for me. Considering distance I thought I will spot it easily once I am in white about 10-20 yards in but I did not. I literally stopped on trail and relocated myself but I was not sure where I was since I could not see flag. Continued to move into direction of flag and finally located it. Even I continued clean to #4 and #5 I was still hesitant since I had temporary loss of confidence.
I was somewhat confused how to get to #7 since I could not figure out black walls. I knew direction I needed to go but was not sure which obstacles I should not be jumping over. This leg I would have done differently if I had more experience in urban type of area.
#9 was kind of funny even I lost 22 seconds (or maybe more since I was rolling). I started to get grasp of what to look for building-wise, black wall-wise, gray wall wise. I successfully determined that I needed to be on left side of black wall in the middle of the leg and I noticed gray wall approaching - meaning, I should be able to jump it over it. From my vantage point looked good, checked on map, should be jump-able, but somehow I was sensing that something might be wrong here. Checked wall, checked map few more times before I got there. Looked over the wall and there is 8'+ drop (I run to it afterwards to eyeball it from other side). I was standing there thinking - should I jump or not, maybe I should jump in bushes, I hated to go back around... Then I decided to go around... (Linda said she will change that wall to be black).
Rest of the legs were executed "a alright". I could have pushed my feet go go just little bit faster at some sections but not bad for first real test of the year.