IOC 2022 Classic
I'm comparing my splits with the course rather than the class.
Ok for the first 5, either fastest or close.
Did lose some contact on the way to 4 but direction was fine, just needed to see the distinct re-entrant the control was on the side of.
Then there was the long leg of the course to the other side of the lake, had to happen sometime. Either north or south of the lake. I chose south as to get north you had to climb over the hill and would still have had more climb to get to the control. That being said runnability along by the fence south of the lake wasn't great. Happy with how I approached the control, had some features to tick off as I climbed, so no issues in the circle. This was the control with the warning not to go off the map. Nice downhill to 7 then before into the middle part of the course. I had passed through some of this area on the way to 6 so knew I needed to be careful.
Had the fastest splits on these controls, 6-10, did end up in the open to the right of 9 but knew where I was.
Then started orienteering conservatively in the last part of the course, the forest. I knew from previous experiences time can be lost. Started by going right to the open to follow the fence down before crossing into the forest. Lost nearly 2 minutes to Nick Barrable on this one but don't know if he went straight. I expect he had to.
To 12 I was even more conservative, went right of the line to follow the edge of the forest. 1.30 lost on this leg. Wasn't the most runnable in places. Looking at the map again I should have looked at the map more carefully and used the contours in the forest rather than be distracted by the greens on the map.
Another minute to Nick on 13, could have run it better/faster. Had map contact but micro route choice important.
At least 1.30 lost on 15 but that was a mistake on my part, knew where I was in the middle of the leg, but didn't at the end and ended up right, swung back around and found the control but lucky as opposed to having relocated.
After that it was out to the road and home for the last 2.
I ran the forest badly by the looks of things and my feeling of not knowing how I ran afterwards was sort of right. I'd done enough up to 10 to have a comfortable winning margin. I also think that those conservative legs sort of paid off in that i'd no big mistakes like others had in the forest.
Comfortable in my decision to not take on the M21E course, that would have completely broken me. Will have to go back at some stage for it but would be hard to do without controls.ResultsRoutegadget