Orienteering (Course Setting) 51:22  **** 1.91 km (26:54 / km)
spiked:8/9c slept:5.0 weight:172.5lbs
Great Falls, VA. Peggy and I set controls for a training exercise and US Team fundraiser that started out of the Difficult Run parking area in the south of the park. It was a bit above freezing when we started but warmed-up fast. It took me a while to get into the map and I was trying to be extra careful checking surrounding features to be sure I set the controls correctly. I appreciated the 1:10,000 scale, different from last week. It made things come-up much quicker.
Orienteering (Foot) 34:46  **** 2.61 km (13:19 / km)
Great Falls, VA. Peggy's first training exercise, Handrails/Leap Frog involved pairing up and taking turns trying to use advanced handrails only to get to controls. I paired with Dave Onkst and we discussed routes before each leg. We took routes we normally would not both to try to follow the exercise and to raise the difficulty level. On a pit that I lead on I missed slightly. On a longer leg that Dave led on, we got into the wrong big reentrant and neither noticed for a long way. It was a good exercise to get the mind used to thinking of safer routes that are only slightly more out of the way. There were 13 trainees.
Orienteering (Foot) 26:55  **** 2.06 km (13:04 / km)
Great Falls, VA. I had suggested Peggy's second training exercise zig-zag over a ridge such that one had to rely a lot on compass bearings. She set it up over a variety of legs such as crossing a ridge, running a hillside, and going through some green. Trying to just go straight and not correct so much on contours I saw, I saw how inaccurate I can be at times. Going through green areas, always gave me difficulty and this showed again today. I was a bit surprised how far I was getting drawn off running along a hillside. Crossing ridges I was okay. It was good practice.
Orienteering (Course Setting) 48:22  ***** 1.67 km (28:58 / km)
Great Falls, VA. While others got lunch, I set controls for the 3rd and 4th exercises which mostly went through a very technical flood plain area. The third exercise was a line-o that Peggy designed. I put 6 controls along the line-o and two others off it so that people could come back and report how many they saw. Though the courses kept very near the many trails it didn't help much. The trails didn't really match the map well. Some new ones were added and others changed a bit. This really forced an attention to detail. I had difficulty distinguishing mapped boulders and rock dot knolls from unmapped ones. The vegetation didn't match-up either--the area probably wasn't really mapped for 1:5000 but the maps were printed that way. The forth exercise which I skipped because I had designed it and setout the courses involved Memory-O routes to the same controls that I had setup. I didn't match the line-o so people got different approaches some of which were easier. It probably also helped that many had been there before. Afterward I ate a lunch of Smart Zone bars, crackers and water.
Running (Trail) 10:00  0.75 mi (13:20 / mi)
Great Falls, VA. Other running around for setup, control verification and replacement, etc...
Orienteering (Course Setting) 43:05  **** 2.76 km (15:37 / km)
Great Falls, VA. While others finished the Memory-O exercise, I ran back to the uplands to setup controls for a mini-course. These were all pretty close together. I rushed through so that I'd finish before others got to the start. I misread one control putting it on the wrong side of a broken tree/thicket. On another, a mis-mapped dot knoll that I found drew me off for the next control. I finished with a jog back to the Difficult Run parking lot where others had just arrived.
Orienteering (Foot) 13:31  *** 1.71 km (7:54 / km)
Great Falls, VA. The last exercise was the mas start mini course that Peggy designed and I had set out controls for. Except for the first 280m leg, the controls were all between 180-60m apart. It was setup to force people to concentrate at the end of a long effort and not be confused by other people. We all had different but slightly similar courses. As it turned out, many of my controls were in very near the same order that I put them out in. I did have a little trouble at first getting into reading the map at speed and was slow to the first control--I spiked it. Others were kind enough to pickup controls after this. It was a nice sunny day (near 60 F) with good training. Glad I didn't do all this with the MD Championships the next day; the championship has been postponed to Little Bennett the next weekend. I was fairly tired after all this and the balls of my feet hurt. PBR