Orienteering race 1:54:36  *** 5.22 mi (21:57 / mi) +104m 20:40 / mi
shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-A 2013-08
Green course at NEOC's Baldwin Hill, set by Magnus. Nominal distance 4.9 km, climb not specified but abundant. Temps near 50 and sunnier than yesterday.
Slow and cautious in the woods because of dry slippery leaves--and I navigated to everything just fine (very tentative in some places but I did not get lost)--but not cautious enough. In a flat wide open section of the map between controls 5 and 6 I managed to trip myself (stick under the leaves?) and land on my face. Fortunately it was nowhere near as bad as some O face-plant stories I've read, but I lost a few layers of skin right above my lip (and bruised it when it hit teeth on the inside), and acquired a major scratch on the right lens of my glasses right in the focal area. They're useless in rainy conditions anyway (when I rely heavily on my magnifier) so I may have to do without unless I come up with a substitute. Better the glasses than my eye, and hey...I didn't damage a knee this time!
Looks like the first 9 controls were the same on Red and Green which explains the faster runners who passed me here and there (Ian early on; J-J later, twice). Stopped for 30-40 seconds in the area SW of control 5 to show a lost orienteer "about" where we were.
Fastest time on the course was 91 minutes, so maybe it was a bit long (or steep) for this terrain, but I enjoyed the navigation challenges anyway.
NOTE: added GPS track, but it's not complete; watch logged 5.22 km but starts after control 7 so maybe it didn't find satellites until then. So who knows if the distance is accurate--I suspect it's just a guess by the watch.