Click here for my French Creek East 12/05, M21-45 map.
5 cm of snow on the ground. 5% climb. Rocky and physical.
Low 9s/k. Not too bad. I forgot to take control descriptions.
After reading them off the map and realising the codes followed
an easy to remember system, I didn't need them. I wonder how
often they actually provide information you need, provided the
course printing registration is ok? Occasionally they do, I
suppose, but I'll bet it is rare.
I wonder if orienteering in the snow is much different. I
started 2nd or 3rd, and figure I only saw tracks about 20%
of the time. I imagine they obviously help later starters.
Of course they help your confidence, even if you are in
contact and navigating fine, which I think I was, for the most
part. I think it does something to visual processing and
perspective. The land seems harder to read. It also throws
off my timing. I don't pace count, but sort of have an internal
timer of when I expect to see things. Because the running is
slower, at least for me, things didn't seem to come up as fast.
I boomed or hesitated on 10 of the 12 controls. But I think
the loss was in the 5-15 sec range in each case. It does add
up, and I'm at a loss to explain it. Usually I make one big
error rather than lots of small ones. Blame it on the snow.
You'd think tracks of the runner(s) ahead of me would have led
me to the control and led to the opposite effect, but it didn't
work out that way except on 1 or 2 of them.
I banged my knee really bad. It would suck to have yet another
injury now that I finally seem to be back around 100%. Hopefully
the Ibuprofen IV will do the trick and I won't miss any training.
I always seem to bang my left knee, and it is a mess. I wonder
why I always bang the same knee?