Orienteering 32:20  3.36 mi (9:37 / mi) +45m 9:14 / mi
Woo super-fun orienteering at Frenchman Spring! Such a blast. Fast open terrain, but also with enough detail to keep you on your toes. And the course was set with various challenges, some areas with more detail, some with very little and requiring good compass work and confidence.
Mostly I ran well and accurately. I'm happy with my race, but dealing with the detail could have been quicker and could have been fiercer on the running speed. Will collapsing at the finish made me realize I hadn't and probably should have. Is. A. Race!!
A few things that I'm noting I could improve on:
1- My one true mistake. I came out on the area of detail too far south. There was a control on something, but I was sure it wasn't mine, so didn't check (but maybe seeing it deflected me toward it a bit, almost sub-consiously?) It took me longer than it should have to put the whole area together and go find my control. I do remember having a hard time visualizing what the area of detail was going to be like, never having run here before and not really knowing what to expect open rock to be like. Takeaway: Look for notable features right/left of the line - there was a rocky hill that would have been helpful to guide me in.
5 - Sighted a landmark in the distance after a good bearing and ran hard at it. Plan was to just run super-fast until hitting the trail, but about 10m from the trail I chickened out, slowed down and panicked that I hadn't seen the trail yet. Convinced myself to keep going, and trail! So close. Should have had more confidence and better distance judgement to know I was still ok.