Running 12:03  0.71 mi (16:58 / mi) +5m 16:36 / mi
Jogging down a trail noting vegetation colors and rides. Dark green appeared and is definitely not worth trying to get through.
Orienteering 35:38  1.68 mi (21:12 / mi) +43m 19:39 / mi
Slow meander through some of the relay/long model controls at Ratnieki.
trail junction -> 41: tried to skirt hill top on the way there as opposed to up and over, but that meant a less solid point to take a bearing from. Came across a little footpath that wasn't on the map (from so many orienteers training?) thought about it being a ride, but definitely wasn't. Kept going on the bearing, finally cross ed the real ride and into control. But slowed way down to try to read contours when I felt not-confident. In race, I would probably have gone up and over hill to be secure.
41 -> 35: form line nose right before the control was hard to make out on the map because covered by the circle, so I slowed to take that in on the way there
35 -> 40: easy, compass over the next hilltop
40 -> 39: Down hill, along stream, cross bigger stream, then up from a little trail clearing. Just missed by a bit because I was too low. Should have read description that it was at the top of reentrant. Or at least looked up to check.
39 -> 38: not too pleased by this, I was very hesitant. Should have come in with full confidence from stream bend. Especially on an uphill leg, don't want to lose energy wandering around. But stream bend to marsh with clearing should have been a solid approach.
38 -> 32: not sure about this one. I meant to go through the light green opening to cross the stream. And I think I did. But then the control was far too early. Reports of an extra control in this area make me think I found the extra.
32 -> 33: Charcoal burning area was easy to run through if not clear exactly what was what on the map. but easy to duck left when the real hill was there and then contour to second real reentrant with the marsh.
33 -> 31: bent right to avoid some vegetation marked and a little reentrant, worked well.
From this model, the relay will be much more ridge-and-valley like than the middle. In this area, certain parts felt very Scandinavian - pretty open pine forest with mossy bouncy ground cover. But Greg says the actual relay area is more deciduous forest, so we'll see what it looks like tomorrow!
It will be fun to start the relay tomorrow and to run around others. But I haven't done that in a long while. So, I'll need to keep my head in my navigation, but hopefully use others to my advantage. Always a bit of a trick to do that right. But it's easier to do that from behind than to be leading, so I'm not going to rush from the start, but I'll also work hard enough to not be completely left behind, because then that's no advantage at all. It will be an interesting challenge and fun, so here goes!