Orienteering 1:02:25  6.8 km (9:11 / km) +240m 7:48 / km
shoes: mudclaw 330 0
Day 1 of Classic Champs.
The race started well, despite the lack of control descriptions and the rush to the start. Found #1 with no trouble and headed off to #2 with the plan to see the two big swamps. Unfortunately, I never noticed when I ran over the top of the second one. Things weren't quite matching up, but I kept going on my compass trying to make things make sense. I then went off a cliff and looked left, where I saw a control sitting in a reentrant that looked to be the right size and orientation. I thought that I still hadn't yet hit the big swamp, but things were a bit confusing around me. I figured that I was close and it was about right and I would kick myself if I didn't check it. I jogged the 20 feet over and... yep, it was mine! I felt a bit lucky there and figured I had just used all my luck for the race.
Things continued to go well until 6. I told myself that I was going to run down the hill and the drop off slightly to the left at the end. Unfortunately, I didn't really need to drop left at all, I should have just run all the way out the nose. I dropped into the reentrant along the hill right where the control should have been distance-wise, and there was nothing there. So I continued to run down the reentrant hoping it was in the next low area. After a bit, I stopped, relocated and climbed back up the hill. But then I didn't know how far I had gone. After checking a few low areas, I saw the signs for the boundary line, relocated and then no problem.
7-9 went well again. I knew that 10 was different and it looked challenging. I ran down the hill and wasn't sure where I crossed the trail - first mistake. I was aware of the other reentrant to the west of mine, but I still somehow got sucked into the wrong one. Went down it and found another control. At this point I was pretty sure that if I went over the nose I would see another reentrant with a nice long cliff. And I was right. So I had to climb the 5 contours back up. Omph. That was not fun.
Finished strong with no troubles after that. An ok race, with two problems caused by the fact that I was running too fast without taking the time to make a better plan.