Orienteering race 17:20  2.2 km (7:53 / km) +125m 6:08 / km
Not sure the last time I’ve done a woods sprint, the WOC quali really doesn’t count, it was almost all on trails/meadows/open. But this was neat, really in the woods and quite technical with serious route choices. The valleys were deep and steep (a 1:5,000 map with 5m contours!), so worth avoiding if possible, but ways around were often longer, so tough to decide. I think I mostly had good routes, but Alex’s to 11 was definitely quicker- around on road+trails plus a nice attackpoint. I also messed up the last control, and had to do a little circle in the arena back to it- can never lose concentration!!!
2- steep down, went too far south (pushed by downhill), ended up going up stairs on other side of the stream
4- went straight, down through field, on path, down and up steapness onto flat and then back to reentrant
5- stayed high
7- drifted east, maybe pushed by hilltop
8- again, pretty straight, bit left of line, down to flat with x- maybe actually should have gone straighter, or done the through the streams option
11- straight, through big ravine, this is one could have been faster on paths
12- bunch of guys around me, going to same control
13- guys had different control, I went straight to mine
15- up to road, along path on south side of stream. disappointed to see control really at the bottom of stream, but was still a fast route
16- actually started sliding backwards down the hill coming out of the ravine, despite the fact that I was already using my hands! gosh it’s steep/slippery!
Note: after the presentation on the courses this eve, less sure I took the best routes. Apparently to 4, should have been quicker around, and to 8 through the streams and 11 on the road... hmm. Well at least I executed the choices I did make well?