Orienteering race 1:31:20  **** 6.96 mi (13:07 / mi) +157m 12:16 / mi
21c shoes: Salomon Speedcross 4 - Gray2
Alasa Farms NRE
Blue - 8.2km, 255 m
Decided to make the trip since this is home, so I got to visit some family too. Headed out to Sodus to arrive about half an hour before starts, but it turns out they were starting people early so pretty much started as soon as I toed the line. This meant I wasnt quite in the mental place I try to get to before a race, which led to overshooting 1. I knew it was a mistake, but it turns out it was like 4 minutes! It didnt feel that bad. I also learned that the notes were right, and following the old logging roads took more energy, at least mentally if not physically, than just straight through the woods. I got cleaner after that and thoroughly enjoyed the terrain, very runnable with an intricite spur/gully system that was quite easy to parallel error on.
Things were going really well through 9, and I was enjoying a few moments of pure orienteering bliss, which of course meant I wasn't thinking where I was going and overshot 10 and then 11, both ~2 minute mistakes. Flipped the map at 11 and was mostly clean on the way back, with the exception of 18, which I ended up at 19 and almost didn't realize it. luckily I did a double take on the number and realized my mistake.
Overall a little sloppier than I should be, but I was moving really well, planning and executing well, and ended up with my highest AP score ever, breaking 60 for the first time (helped by a recent jump in scores, and the particular mix of people at this race). I thought I might have a chance at syd, but she skunked me by 4 minutes, which goes to show if I don't clean it up I will never stand a chance.
Really really fun NRE event, with great map and course design. Thanks to ROC for making it happen!