orienteering race 2:44:23  *** 6.5 km (25:17 / km) +80m 23:49 / km
14c shoes: Inov8 O-roc 280
NAOC Long - Carp Ridge & Hidden Meadow - F21-34A (Course 8)
Started out OK. Missed a little on 3. Thought I knew where I was whole way to 4, attacked twice from a known place (beaver dam), wandered about checking every dot knoll in sight, felt ready to quit. Bailed to marsh near power line and finally found it on reattack.
On to 5. This was the control I accidentally found yesterday, so you think it would have been easy. But the area seemed to look totally different this time and I did take some time to get there. 6 was close and relatively simple. Took left route to 7 which was probably dumb. My intention was to cut across the indistinct trail to the powerline, but I lost it partway and ended up in green. Another person was in there too and we both ended up trapped by a lake and some green. Had to back out and struggle over to the open. This was the second time I considered packing it in.
After that 7 & 8 weren't bad. Intended to follow fence down to 9 from the trail, but only ever found a handful of posts, so picked my way across using features. The rest were not hard with all the trails in the area, and I finally knew I would make it in time. Just very tired and with sore foot. A rough day in all. Looking forward to different terrain of the sprint.
Finished last today except for those who had DNF. No medals deserved anyway for this mess.