Orienteering race 1:36:16  **** 5.9 km (16:19 / km) +225m 13:42 / km
West Point A Meet - "Long"
Never felt quite right heading out. Letting my mind be cluttered by family and work concerns. Thought to myself that this is the WORST way to prepare for Harriman/West Point terrain. Walk to start was nice to get the blood flowing, but they were out of water when I got there.
Start -> 1: Down side of ridge and stopped almost exactly halfway. When there was no control, I kept pushing on. Eventually, I found the broad saddle and realized that I had used my 1:5000 pace count. Jokingly swore off pace counting. Pushed on and found the control. 5:54
1 -> 2: Down the hill very gingerly, but not complaining like I did yesterday. This hill demanded slow descent. Across the flat area to the bare rock, but no control. Noticed the bare rock right at the circle on mine, and adjusted. 4:55
2 -> 3: S to cross main stream early and then more or less straight at it. Saw the trail by the stream and (eventually) the tagged cliff ENE of the control. VERY slow up the hill; no energy. Tentative in the circle, but pretty clean. 9:46
3 -> 4: Trying to find the energy. Skirted just N of the pond and caught the trail to the bend, but couldn't see the flag. One guy near me went S from there, but I worked it out in a moment. 4:33
4 -> 5: Chasing Kris Beecroft in. 1:17.
5 -> 6: Kris asked about using the yellow beside the road, but I said that I thought that's what they meant to prohibit by saying "no handrailing the road". I went NE to the saddle and down to the N edge of the swamp. Skirted the swamp and attacked E up the hill from the E end. Trail clockwise around the last hill and in. Not sure it was the best route, but at least I executed it well. 17:11
6 -> 7: Saw Pete Dady on the other Green course punch in with me. I was planning to go right of the pond and use the cliffs to help me in. Pete pulled me right, but I corrected. With no confidence, though I decided to track through the blueberries on top of the hill and then in. Went through the left (NW) side of the circle, overshot and was done for. Found the Green Y control, went back to the tip of the green by the swamp, tried to relocate, failed, tried again and then spiked it. 15:57 (An almost ten-minute error!)
7 -> 8: Feeling really tired (and angry), headed out on a bearing to the control, planning to relocate at the clearing. Never really saw it, but recognized the blueberries on the hill WSW of the control and spiked it. 7:03
8 -> 9: Down the trail to a good crossing point for the stream and over the hillside. Confused by the two rootstocks before the control. (No excuse; they're clearly on the map - I just didn't notice.) Found my way in. 5:58
9 -> 10: Through the stream/wash area to the base of the hill. Around the hill to the road (deer path through the green). Across stream to building, cut up to small trail to larger trail. Was thinking about using water as attack point, but decided to angle up. Given the steepness, I am glad that I did. Was helped here by crowds. Honestly not sure how well I would (or would not) have done without them. 13:03
10 -> 11: Chasing Peggy Dickison out of there, but she clearly had energy. I saw her go to the right of the hill mass, but I decided to stay on the trail as it was safer (and what do I care about the extra climb? - that I noticed in my legs, but not on the map). Following the line of cliffs right in. 7:12
11 -> 12: Once again, gingerly down the hill, looking for the clearing. At the bottom, I just compassed, ran and eventually saw the finish streamers and "drew the line" back to the knoll and the control. 2:29
12 -> Finish: 0:28
A couple of bobbles and one huge error. Without the error, though, this race would have been dominated by my lack of fitness. Enough said.