Orienteering race 1:40:14*** 10.07 km (9:57 / km) +414m8:15 / km ahr:141 max:156 spiked:14/16c shoes: VJ Falcons 5
HVO local event at Ward Pound Ridge. Blue course (8.1km SL, 350m climb). Wide open woods with typical Hudson Valley rockiness. What little undergrowth there was had no leaves. Some mountain laurel but most of it is passable. Low 50s, partly cloudy and breezy - just about perfect. Courses by Craig Weber.
Since the woods are wide open and the map is pretty good, the navigation was mostly straightforward. Nice leg 7-8 through an area of rocks, mountain laurel and large cliffs (set up very nicely after 7 simpler legs). I lost contact on this leg (although as it turns out I was right where I thought I was but didn't pause long enough to verify). Ended up looping around on trails for safer navigation. Probably cost me 4-5 minutes. A few other smaller errors, mostly not being careful with the compass direction, including a couple minutes lost on 12-13 by heading off 90 degrees off.
Overall a fine day in the woods and an indicator that I should survive at least the first 100 minutes of the Billygoat.