Orienteering race (Foot) 1:57:22  *** 9.82 mi (11:57 / mi) +456m 10:27 / mi
spiked:20/21c slept:8.0 weight:179lbs
QOC at Little Bennett Regional Park, MD. Sam Listwak setup a 2 hour score-O today. He'd updated quite a bit of the map for it. It was pretty fun. It was mostly sunny and around 50 F. I felt pretty good having been pretty rested (lazy the last 2 days). I also ran with accuracy. Little Bennett park is not very technical but there are enough hills and green areas that increase the risk and also keep one's brain working. The map today was 1:15,000. It did seem to take longer to get to places but this fact never really dawned on me. I just read my way along spotting features. The one place where it did make a difference was where I pulled-up too soon going up a long and narrow 7 contour reentrant. I got pulled-up a side reentrant too early, not seeing the detail of some much smaller side reentrants before the larger one with a control.
Sam had set the controls with two more obvious strategies: going clockwise or counter-clockwise. I went clockwise, not having analyzed the full map before taking off (it was allowed to look at it before starting). I was a little rushed since I needed to be back in time to help with epunch duties. Controls had different points for getting them. The counter-clockwise route seemed to be the way most people went. There was 8 or 9 contour narrow reentrant with high point totals early for those taking the counter-clockwise route. About 1/4 of the way through, I made two changes of plan and went back to my original decision on both of the--this cost me time but I hit the controls accurately. Part of what was fun about today was the accuracy, and being able to run up most of the hills. I recovered after cresting pretty well such that I was able to get some faster leg turnover on the other side. Over an hour into the course, I took a risk going for two controls that were close together; they were 80 points and 100 points of which there were relatively few on the course. After that I was concerned about making it back on time. I hadn't read the course notes but I figured the penalty for going over time would be high (it was 40 points per minute late). I hit the one control that was in the middle and not part of the more obvious loop, then decided that I still had time to go get more than were on my direct route back. I crossed Clarksburg Rd. for 2 controls, then headed in. If I hadn't gone for the middle control, I could have picked up an extra control or two. As it was, I made it to the finish with about 2:38 left on the clock. I figured that was pretty good efficiency though had I skipped one control near the finish earlier, I would have been able to pick it up at the end. I got 1,360 points for the 21 controls I went to. That got me second place behind John Torrance who was around 1,540.