Orienteering race (Mini Fall Goat) 1:35:48  7.8 km (12:17 / km) +205m 10:51 / km
shoes: Oroc 280
Overcast, 50F, but no rain, so perfectly fine. Actually, better than fine. I hate any heat so this was really quite nice.
Amazed and disheartened by how many people immediately began studying the map as soon as they got their copy. AFAIK that's known as cheating. Most of the offenders were older very experienced orienteers ... sigh.
Skipped 1, just to be different, but arrived at 2b with Steve T., so suspect I wasn't the only one.
Bit miffed that Steve T. caught up to me at 1 because I was well in front of everyone down the road, and I cut in exactly at what should have been the optimum contour line. But instead of white forest found a large blowdown area and it took me quite a while to wiggle through. In contrast, the people who stayed on the road longer and came up the re-entrant enjoyed wide open forest.
Saw Joe B a few times early on. In particular he punched 7 just in front of me, and then absolutely rocketed down the hill to 8. Very impressive, as in the coyote watching the road runner go "beep, beep, ... Zoom!"
The Hall train blew by me on the way from 8 to 9. If I want company on a goat race, even a mini, I'm going to have to get dramatically faster, or younger, or both. Yeah, I know, fat chance.
All my own navigation, found them all. Main "miss" was not being able to find the intermittent trail through the green to 13. So laurel bashed my way though, and just prayed I could relocate when I reached the other side. But actually popped out within sight of the control ... whoop.
One solid face plant. Caught a toe on a trail, full horizontal, ka-boom. Hopefully no long term damage, but right knee & thigh gonna be turning entertaining shades of color.
Really good fun. Thanks Greg. Hope this becomes an annual thing.