Ontario Middle Champs
Plan was to simplify, push a little above my comfort zone, check my compass out of every control and only use the smaller trails when they present themselves to me (ie don't go searching out the less distinct ones).
After being a little shakey at the beginning I hit a good groove on 2-6 and had even sneaked into the lead here.
Then a minor disaster led into a bigger one. Got dragged off line heading into #7 by the larger, more obvious clearing to the NW. Problem with that was, since I entered the circle in the opposite direction, I exited in the opposite direction - classic 180 (even the needle pointed in the right direction - I was just looking at the wrong pole). Making matters worse, everything fit, the trail hit a junction where I expected, then bent where I wanted to attack from and then the contours and vegetation was close enough for me to make it fit, until I crested the small ridge where the control should have been and nothing behind it made sense...
Anyway, when I finally get to 8, I've lost about 9 minutes on the leaders from 6. I figured others would make mistakes as well, but not this big. Decide to say myself for the arvo sprint and cruise the rest. A little error on #12 where I don't check the compass from my attackpoint, but that's all - I'm particularly happy with the straightness of my line on 10-11 and 14-15.
Had a similar problem with the map today that I had last year, there's something about the track network I can't put my finger on - something doesn't feel right. I don't know if it's me or the map, but there were a couple of times where I had to stop, stand still and make positively sure I was on the right trail heading in the right direction.