Orienteering1:31:19**** 7.45 km (12:15 / km) +370m9:49 / km ahr:130 max:165 spiked:12/14c shoes: Jalas - sz 10
Long distance Green Y at West Point National Meet. A physically difficult course with rocky footing most of the time and lots of unmapped vegetation (mostly blueberry). Map has lots of bare rock patches mapped, which I'm not sure are that helpful for navigation.
A pretty good run, all things considered. I knew I was starting a cold, so decided I should focus primarily on being as clean as possible rather than trying to push the pace. A little time lost on the first control, a dot knoll in unmapped high bush blueberry. Lost some time on 8 by climbing too high coming out of 7 (which was on bare rock on a ridiculously steep hillside - lots of other options nearby, so that location wasn't really necessary). Hesitated approaching 9 when I didn't see a bag on the top, as described, but then saw the bag on the side of the knoll. 2nd in M60, 8th overall on Green Y. Ended up 1st in M60 for three-day total time - won a plastic canteen.
Orienteering42:45*** 4.34 km (9:50 / km) +216m7:53 / km ahr:148 max:168 spiked:9/11c shoes: Jalas - sz 10
Middle distance at West Point National Meet. 3.7k SL, 135m advertised climb. Deep Hollow map which is typical WP - somewhat minimally mapped. Control hanging was also typical WP, with all controls in the circle but not necessarily on the mapped feature at the center. Course was also typical WP using unimaginative legs to straightforward features but with lots of climb.
An OK run after the first two controls where I lost about 1:30 on each. Distracted on the way to 1 by Bob Turbyfill yelling across the woods asking what course I was on (what an a-hole - you'd think someone with his experience would know not to disturb competitors on a course, even if he was trying to correct a screw-up (which didn't affect my course) and effectively adding to the unfairness already affecting Brown runners). I can't fully attribute the error on 1 to the distraction. On 2 I think I came in at the right level but the bag was hung on a higher, possibly unmapped cliff so I spent a little time looking down then up the spur. The rest of the course was OK but AP says I lost some time at 4, maybe because I didn't see the crossing point and waded the stream. 3rd M60, 10th overall on Green X.
Orienteering25:48*** 3.36 km (7:40 / km) +43m7:13 / km ahr:151 max:181 spiked:19/21c shoes: Falcons 7
Sprint at WP National Meet on Camp Natural Bridge map. 2.5k SL, 58m climb. Lost about 3 minutes on number 4 as I lost contact as I came into the obstacle course area and then ran around trying to figure things out. Finally relocated on control 7, having passed right by the control I was looking for. One other minor (relatively) error on 16 as I checked another bag. A fun sprint doing a good job using the terrain. 5th in M60, 19th overall on Green.