orienteering race 1:20:32  4.49 km (17:56 / km)
Green Y course. I like the beginning of this course a lot but not the last half. Had a decent run as in didn't have any large blow ups but I wasn't particularly fast or clean. I took a long safe route to #1 - across the top of the ridge then down the spur - wonder if blasting to the trail and coming in off the bend was any faster if I wasn't going to go straight. OK to 2, 3 and 4. Very slow to #5 which was silly - should have just aimed right until I hit the trail and then gone in off the big rocks. 6 and 7 were fine although I was having trouble reading the map detail. Got left out of 7 so ended up taking the trail for part of the way to 8 which couldn't have been any faster than straight. 9 was fine but getting out of 9 was a mess. Not sure what the best route was for 10 but I doubt I took it - I went right of the line and stayed in the "white" which wasn't particularly easy running. I then bobbled 13 and 14 each for a minute or more. So again, no total meltdown like Saturday, but easily could have taken 10 minutes off my time without going any faster necessarily, just by being a bit more careful and concentrating. However, I have learned the last year or two that despite feeling woefully out of shape and whining about all sorts of aches and pains, concentrating is really my biggest issue these days. Unfortunately, I don't know what to do about that any more than I do about anything else.
Perhaps I'll have an epiphany before the US Champs. Wouldn't that be nice! :)