Orienteering race 2:12:57**** 9.9 km (13:26 / km) +300m11:40 / km ahr:119 max:158 spiked:12/17c shoes: VJ Falcons 10
French Creek West Red - 6.8k, 205m.
Course setter’s notes:
“Advanced courses are harder than usual, technical controls combined with physically demanding terrain may be grounds to reconsider which courses to go on. Vegetation mapping is out of date. The undergrowth is very thick and thorny in places so definitely protect your legs! There may be some extra and/or missing trails in the south east part of the map.“
An accurate description of the situation (but I still did the Red course). To top things off, it started to rain and the breeze picked up about 20 minutes after I started, about an hour earlier than predicted. Temperature was about 50F, so it was a bit of an HTFU experience.
My navigation varied from very good to bad. The primary skill on many legs was compass and pace (half the controls were charcoal platforms on a broad hillside). Hit many right on. Off on distance or bearing on 5 controls, costing a total of about 25 minutes. Good practice.