Orienteering 11:06  0.67 mi (16:34 / mi)
Jogging a trail noting veg boundaries to 38, then 38 -> 37, which I should have executed better - stay on flat to the reentrant then descend the bank on a bearing.
Running 1:20  0.11 mi (12:07 / mi)
Orienteering 32:03  1.77 mi (18:06 / mi)
38 -> 33: was actually nice running up along stream bed. No zones of dense hashing means stream bed is ok, no zones of hard-to-pass downed trees.
33-> 44: up, up the bank, then one bearing for ~35 paces, then E for 50ish, then noted hill top and took a bearing to the control
44 -> 45: executed better than yesterday, got a bit caught up in light green actually, but wasn't bringing full fight to today's model
45 -> dot marsh in white: hah! some other team had hung a control on this spot. In on a bearing from a trail.
dot marsh -> reentrant: playing with a slightly longer route involving some green, executed pretty well. Really the worst thing about the light green and med green is how low visibility they are. You can move pretty quick still through light green, but you just can't see where you are as well... And med green is a bit slower, but you *really* can't see where you are.
reentrant -> 40: slightly off at the end: think I judged that a sign was at a trail junction and therefore corrected, but it must not have been.
40 -> 44: pushed left by green, should have been better on bearing. Pace count ensured I looked at right time, even though off course and so not bad.
44 -> stream bend: Spot on! Used bearing + pacing and first hit end of intermittent stream.
stream bend -> N end of clearing: also pretty spot on, two different bearings + pace counts
N end of clearing -> form line hill: wow, that's nearly an invisible hill... but got to it just fine
form line hill -> 46: almost spiked, got a bit fearful it was the hill NE when I was close, but nope, right one - right distance from linear marsh, no med green right before
46 -> home: trotted/walked - need legs to be as fresh as possible for tomorrow
Sooooo. What is the plan for tomorrow?
This is the world champs, they will throw hard challenges at us. I'm expecting one of the hardest things will be to find controls on small features (dot marshes, small depressions, small clearings) in either light or medium green, so in low visibility. In these cases, I plan to have a very solid attackpoint and to take a good bearing + pace count from there.
Another challenge could be similar small features in the super-flat zones along the river. There may be no useable features for 200-300m and I'll just have to be good on a bearing. There might also be zones worth avoiding - med green, dense green slash and those I might work around using multiple bearings + pace count.
I shouldn't be afraid to use trails, but if I do, I should really hoof it.
And in general, I'm going to be a fierce get-through-light-and-med-green ninja! Sure, it takes energy, but ya just gotta get through that stuff quickly here. No timid prancing around stuff.
I start 4th due to not having enough WRE races to have decent points. So no tracks going the wrong way yet... If things go well, might be the first finisher...