Orienteering race 1:20:27  8.86 km (9:05 / km) +335m 7:38 / km
shoes: NB wt00
US Classic Champs: Red course, 8+ km, and more climb than advertised
Not a bad race, happy with my efforts and my aggressiveness. Totally gave it my all and finished last few controls on auto-pilot. Did make some mistakes but no major ones. Surprised to be first among the females.
Prior to start: Cool as a cucumber.
Good warm-up to the start, I’m calm, no nervousness detected, and I’m focused. I know what I need to do and I want to do it well. I start to trail to #1, hit it no problem. Gradual uphill to #2, hit the trail going up and follow it to the top trail and drop into the reentrant. Minor confusion with the trees but I see the control flag. To the trail and contour around to #3, sort of misinterpret the large reentrant and think I’m higher than I actually am, move down, see boulders, realize I’m low, look up and see the flag. Damn. Annoying mistake. Up straight to #4. Bearing to #5 from vegetation boundary. To #6 I try to read the veg. boundary and go through the corridor but nothing is making sense here. I move based on feel. I encounter a ride and locate myself a little higher than I planned, I drop down on bearing into the control. From #6 I take off fast downhill and get pushed a little left, close to the line but away from the trail in the reentrant. I decide to stay higher and contour around the big hill. No issues but maybe a little slower than taking the trail. Crazy fast downhill to #8, just flying, not reading anything except the big boulders just before my bolder cluster. Straight to #9, leg looks scary but the spur is visible and the veg. boundary helps out. Bearing to #10. Minor contouring to #11. Straight to #12 with minor contouring again. Open area here is sandy and so slow. I’m feeling very tired. I see Ed going up even slower than I am but he disappears left to #13 while I go right. I pick up a ride and attack aggressively on a bearing from the boulder cluster green area. I see the veg. boundary right before the control circle and I dive into and spike the control. Proud of this leg. I tell myself to be careful going down to #14, “follow your compass”, on repeat, but I still falter and end up lower because I misinterpret the veg. boundary in the reentrant. Bah, have to climb back up. Head is getting foggy at this point, I tell myself to just finish. Straight to #15, hit the cliffs, the spur and the open area before the control. On #16 I drive left and then drop too much down to the trail with a control flag, then climb back up cursing. Flying to #17 and #18.
I left my all out there.
Aggressiveness! I had it and it did not diminish over the entire course.
Not reading too much detail. When you’re aggressive, it’s easier to let go of reading the map too much because you’re trying to move forward faster. This is the TG technique I’ve been working. It was great to read just the important stuff or follow strictly my compass.
I had trust and confidence in myself. I hesitated very little.
I did not rush as I sometimes do in the beginning. The uphill helped with this.
I did not execute routes very well. For ex., I had a plan to #7 but I ended up doing something different. This is not an unusual error for me.
I did not simplify enough. Yes, I read less than typically but there is still room for picking even simpler routes and running them faster.
I did not pick safer routes. I chose to go straight sometimes vs aiming higher. #14 is an example of this. I should have aimed for the large reentrant higher and then dropped down to the control, which would have been a safer and faster route.