Orienteering 1:12:40  6.07 km (11:58 / km)
EVENT: Middle Distance "A" Day
COURSE: F21 (Red), 6.07 km, 16 controls
MAP: First With the Most, 1:10,000, 5m contours
TERRAIN: Rolling to hilly granite terrain, with detailed rocks and contours, mixed meadow and ponderosa forest.
MY RUN: The few middle distance courses that I've done in the past have never gone well - more controls (especially technical ones) means more opportunities for me to make a mistake. So today I just wanted to avoid big mistakes and slow down when necessary, such as in the tricky rock areas. I started off well and was having a pretty good race through #12, but then made a huge mistake on #13 (15-20 minutes). I was heading on a bearing to the control, expecting to see a big green (forested) reentrant on my right. Unfortunately I was a big higher up than I thought I was (a bit left of the line) and did not see the reentrant. Hence, I kept going till I hit the next green reentrant, which was already past my control. Stuff did not quite match up, but I figured there was no way I could have misssed such a huge feature and decided this second reentrant was in fact the first one. Then I crossed it, climbed up to the meadow there, and was almost to #7 before I finally realized exactly where I was and decided to turn back. This mistake meant over a kilometer of extra running, not to mention a lot of time hesitating, being confused, and climbing extra hills. I was pretty bummed about this, since I'd been so careful the rest of the course, but this reminded me that it is important to be very careful all throughout the course, and not just most of it. Also, it showed me that even a big feature can be hidden from view and therefore I should not rely on just one thing when heading on a bearing, but look at other features as well.
RESULTS: 35th finisher on Red, 7th female