Orienteering 43:25 
Middle Distance NAOC.
Started well, with spiking the first control and catching Alex there. Told myself not to worry about her, and not to speed up to try to run away. 2 and 3 went fine. I drifted too far right on 4 and knew that I was confused as we approached. Stopped, looked around and noticed that it all looked quite flat, but maybe there was a rise to the left? Ran left and sure enough there wa sa control on the rise. Caught Hannah on the way to 5, and the three of us ran to 6 together.
And then about 9 minutes lost on 7, and went from being about 1 minute ahead of the next person to losing the race easily there. I started out ok, with the plan to hit the hill a bit to the right of the line. Left the control going a bit left, so that I hit the stream and then ran along it to the swamp at the end, just like planned. At this point, I had also caught Alison and Carol. As I come off the swamp though, I can't match things. I should have stopped, like I did at 4, and let my brain settle down and figure it out. But I was a bit stressed, probably due to so many other people, that I just kept going. I drifted too far left and bashed through the green. In retrospect, that makes perfect sense. It was very green where I was, there was even a small swamp. But I just kept bashing through. Everyone else had sort of spread out, and then everyone stopped and people started turning back around. I kept going a bit, and saw Cristina coming back towards me. I stopped in a shallow reentrant, with water in it, next to a hill. In retrospect again, it's obvious where I was and I should have just kept going. But, I relocated incorrectly, thinking that I was close to 8, so I also turned around.
But then that didn't make sense either. Decided I had to get away from the group, so ran towards the ponds. Never found them. With Alex and so I headed back, and then saw a fairly big open hill. Climbed that and saw Ali on top, also confused. BUT, I finally relocated! This was the hill that I was trying to find all along.
Ran off the hill, checking the cliff on it, and then the water to make sure I was correct. Still had trouble getting to 7, but made it.
8 was fine, and 9 I overran. 10 was fine. On 11 I was running hard, trying to make sure I wasn't caught by Ali or Alex and I could run on the trail. Running hard, easy attack from the top of the hill on the trail... but I obviously don't slow down enough and completely come off at the wrong angle. See Hannah running at me, going the opposite direction. Ignore her, keep going, wander around and hit the fence! Frustrated, come back in and punch 11. But then, to top it all off, I leave 11 running back towards 10! Realize it when I'm about to hit the trail. Grrr. Turn back around again.
The end was fine, although I shouldn't have bashed through the green to 13.
A bit frustrating to know that if I just kept me head together at the end of the race I could have come back to be North American Champ.