I wrote something a few days back about O' fundamentals, and I suppose one fundamental ought to be that you have your shit together at the start.
I had plenty of time last weekend to observe folks. And one thing was quite amazing -- how they dealt with getting their clues two minutes before their start.
A few didn't take them at all (the clues were also on the map), but these were generally less competitive folks.
Of those that took them, maybe 1/4 applied tape to them, either to protect the clues or to fasten them onto their body somehow, or both. I didn't see a single version of this process that I liked. Yes, I know some folks are probably quite attached to what they do, but the tape operation looked stressed, rushed, and if you do it a few times, liable to be screwed up. None of which is what you want as the clock is ticking down.
The rest had some sort of carrier -- slip the clues in it, attach it to your forearm (usually), and you're good to go. Seems fine.
Except here the variety of carrying devices was also amazing, and certainly seemed to me in a lot of cases to be proof of the well-known frugality among orienteers. I'd guess half of the carriers ought to be trashed -- things are frayed, things are torn, the plastic is shot. The struggles I saw as people tried to insert the clues and then fasten the devices to their arms, well, here too it look stressed, rushed, and liable to be screwed up.
You ought to be able to do the whole thing in 20 seconds, absolute max 30. Under any conditions. Cold, or rain, or wind, or hot and sweaty, or any combination thereof. With a thumb compass on one hand and a dibbler on the other.
You do practice this, right?
Yes, it's simple and it's trivial, but if you can't get this right....
Feet still hurting. Not particularly motivated, I've sort of given up on this season and this summer. But getting lots of rogaine practice, 7 hours on my feet today.