Orienteering race 1:23:45  *** 8.91 mi (9:24 / mi)
Blue course at the Texas Stampede. As well as yesterday went for the family, today didn't.
Zach hasn't gone over his course with me yet, but he was about 15min/km, so he's back in 9th place in the Intermediate school category. And Nate had a 10 minute error on his C13, which probably dropped him from 2nd to 7th pretty quickly. At least Walt finished (and not too slowly), and Patty ran very well on her Green course, perhaps 66 minutes.
C1 went quite well and gave me false confidence on my reading ability on this map. I blew C2 by over 10 minutes, mostly due to unrewarded attempts to read the vegetation after I somehow lost the main trail that would have taken me within 40m of the control. I was all over the place, trying to relocate, and finally stumbled across C9, or I may have still been out there.
C3 thru 11 were in the southern part of the map, which seemed to be relatively easy to navigate (except when the vegetation chased me away from the line to C7 and I lost at least 2 minutes).
C12 was the long leg, to get to the N part of the map, and I ran mostly on the dirt roads to the left, for a nice stretch of pure running. I took my time leaving the road to find the indistinct trail thru a nasty section of "light" green. Leaving C12 also required a bit of zig-zag thru medium and dark green to find another indistinct trail, but then I did quite well thru C16 (perhaps running a little farther than I had to, to take advantage of trails and rough open.
First half of C17 went well, but then I ended up running over the hill to play ot safe, when I should have run around. C18-C21 went quite well, except I was quite tired running uphill thru rough open to get to C20. C22 was another miss - I drifted left (unknowingly of course), so when I got to the trail and saw a cairn on the other side, I was shocked when there was no flag behind it, but I corrected when I saw another cairn on the map. I lost at least 2 minutes trying to go relatively straight to C23 without noticing the uncrossable fence. At that point, I should have gone right, but I panicked and went left, which added even more time. And then I stopped at the control before mine, distracted by others (and my clue sheet had been torn off, so I didn't know what I was looking for), before moving on to the water slide.
Running 21:00  2.33 mi (9:00 / mi)
w/up included getting Z to the start (alternating 1 min jog / walk), jogging back to the car (1100m), some brief jogging and jogging back to the start.
w/dn was not worthy of logging - my legs were pretty worn out.
Oh, I forgot to do my whining: I made a rare 90 degree error on one leg that cost me a minute or so. The map has some printing - the club name I believe - that is not aligned to the north, but to the west. I thought all text had to point north, and I left a control with the map folded and using my baseplate as if it were a thumb compass, so I got a bit away from the control before I realized the text was sideways.
I can't find a rule that actually covers this, but I thought I had read that sometime in the past. Perhaps its just another thing I have to note when I flip a map over.