Orienteering race 41:24 
WOC Middle - 40th place
Definitely happy with this! Pretty much went according to plan. I used my compass and pace counting well and I never ran off without having a plan for the next control. My flow wasn't where it should be, but think you need to practice orienteering more to have that happen. I got through the light green pretty well, especially as I was making the first (ok, maybe 3rd or 4th after prerunners) tracks everywhere. And I only saw one other athlete out there, the Chinese woman who started two minutes up at both 1 and 2.
A bit more analysis later, now for a shower after a long day in the arena!
My guesses about controls I lost the most time on: 12, 1, 11
Controls I lost the most time on: 12 (40s), 6 (12s), 7 and 2 (8s)
Controls I was worst place-wise: 12 (63rd), 17 (55th), 10 (53rd)
Controls I was best place-wise: finish (tie for 13th), 8 (20th), 14 (28th)
Looking at splits, my biggest takeaway was that I had a very steady race. 12 might be the only control I'd characterize as a mistake and it was really a route choice error (should have gone around). So I'm super-psyched I could so consistently execute out there. I think the two things holding me back most are not being in top physical shape and not having practiced enough orienteering in say, the past 2 years...
1 - Used little indistinct trail just a smidge to get beyond green, dumped into reentrant and back up to spur. Saw Chinese woman not finding the control, made me nervous for a sec, then I realized I knew where it was, so stopped worrying and went to spur where I found the pit.
2 - On a bearing, got nervous up near the top, but realized the contours were really quite helpful, so kept going below where it got flat looking for contour bend and found boulder.
3 - On a bearing out to trail, edge of clearing, road, trail and then carefully in, noting dot knoll on my way.
4 - Pace count 35 paces E, pretty much got to ignore anything else, which was fast.
5 - Dump downhill, became nervous when no control at top end of marsh, second map look, needed stream, kept going and control.
6 - On a bearing, over nose. I think I had some hesitation here, but now can't remember why.
7 - Longer leg. Very initially started climbing wrong stream, but a compass glance made me realize and corrected. Up in the white, then trail run for a while, used indistinct trail then stayed along top until nose above control then descended. Seeing a pit along the way gave me a precise feature and clean into control from there.
8 - Pace counted from next stream - gave me good confidence, boulder was right where expected.
9 - Ran across the bridge, grabbed some sportsdrink and then into the reedy river flatland. Again, bearing and pace count made this leg fast.
10 - Bearing and pace count, but even still hesitated here with a second good map look that I don't think told me anything helpful.
11 - Wow, hard to ninja through all of this. But kept it going and let myself get pushed left if anything, because trail there to save me and then easy to control from trail.
12 - Bah, should have gone around on this one at the end, instead of up and over the spur. Route choice probably 30s error and 10s hesitation in the circle as I tried to put things together before realizing I could see control.
13 - Ran around the the left, was proud of using features (clearing) instead of trails to get to the control more quickly.
14 - Arena passage! It is fun to be the first runner through, wake everyone up! =) Dumped down the hill at the end and to the pit on the edge of yellow.
15 - Just should have gone faster, no need to have stayed on trail as long as I did, up into the white woods would have worked.
16 - Mostly a trail run, just a small issue could have come off trail earlier at the end.
17 - Up hill run.