Even after a good warm up I was obviously not ready to be in orienteering mode. I left the start at slightly the wrong angle. I had hoped to see the stream, but instead ended up in the swamp. Got my bearings and did see the large boulder on the other side of the stream. My GPS track shows that I was heading toward the control, but then angled more uphill. This may have been at the point when I did actually see my control, but thought it was on the lower boulder group. This caused me to wander the hillside for a bit, desperately trying to make things match up. I eventually bailed and on my way out I ran, again, by my control and this time went over to check it out. I was completely bummed by my wanderings and lost time and missed 2 by being too high in the reentrant.
3 - ok, only missing a bit to the right.
4 - after heading up the hill I convinced myself I was going about 45 degrees the wrong way and turned sharply to the right. I wasn't.
5 - checked out the wrong reentrant - the one to the right and had to climb over
6- beautiful leg across the trail
7- stayed down and then climbed at the last moment
8- I knew I was going too high to the boulder cluster on the bare rock, but I was having trouble getting through the green.
9- left 8 about 45 degrees the wrong way, before realizing that I just should have dropped down.
10-13 went beautifully, complete with my sliding down the cliffs out of 11. I don't think it saved me any time.
Not pleased with my run, since I've recently been teased with some very clean races. I think I was annoyed with myself after 1 and, it seems, had a difficult time getting my brain into the game. None of my splits were terribly great, even on the legs that went well.