Orienteering race 1:44:07  11.9 km (8:45 / km) +370m 7:34 / km
shoes: 201004 Inov8 X-Talon 212
The WCOC "The Hatter's Return" A-meet, Day 2 Long Distance WRE course at Huntington State Park. I had an acceptable race: a clean run with no major errors, good intensity and endurance throughout the race, no problems focusing, and a satisfactory result. My race was not fast - I finished 22 minutes behind Ross, and 9 behind Brendan, but I am not disappointed. I believe a run of this quality is now typical for me. I am quite glad that I beat Emily by about 2 minutes, but her pre-race conditions weren't optimal. Nevertheless, such victories are to be cherished; as I recall, this is my first non-sprint victory. I was both faster and cleaner than my long course at West Point.
On the long (800m) first leg, I charged off in the appropriate direction, noted the marshy reentrant and hill halfway to the control, and selected the big reentrant right of the line as my attackpoint. However, I wasn't in contact, and I quickly confused myself. I relocated off the marshy reentrant on my line, but lost time clambering up cliffs I should have gone around. I executed the rest of the leg ok, but I wasn't really in a racing zone.
I regained my focus but had bobbles at controls 4 (overshot), 9 (bad route choice), 10 (overshot), 12 (suboptimal route choice), 14 (hesitation), 16 (dumb route choice), and 24 (hesitation). I was in good contact for the latter half of the race. I passed a few people, though I'm not sure they were on my course. Confidently running past older orienteers is (perhaps unjustly) a good ego boost.
Of note, I avoided error at 26, which turned out to be a difficult control. I had just climbed some cliffs to 25 and was very tired, so I was a bit more cautious at 26 than I thought I needed to be. I checked off the boulder cluster, cliff, small reentrant and spur, and hit the control about 15 m to the left. Even with that error, I had the 7th fastest split. I also tied with Schirminator for fastest finish split.