Click here for my Central Park '06, M21-45 map.
I've never been to Central Park, and an O race seemed
as good as excuse as any. I would describe the race as
a long sprint (10.7K), something I've always advocated,
so that was cool.
Problem was I had a tremendous amount of difficulty
reading the map. Contours are barely visible, and
all the detail around #9, a technical control, is
unreadable. And while it is still sprint-like
terrain, I like to use contours to simplify.
I blew #1 because I didn't realise the north lines
were at 45 degrees. Was going fine until I looked
at my compass and thought I was going 45 degrees
off, and "corrected" a bit until I noticed the big
N arrow. #2 wasn't there when I was there; spent
a ton of time looking over every cliff in the
circle, and with such an easy control, it was
obvious I was in the circle.
Otherwise, not a bad race. Speed was a bit slow
at 7.3 min/k (I was hoping for about 6), but the
mitigating factors were the time lost verifying
#2, and the long runs around the water features
which probably are not in the measured distances.
Also, crossing green fences was out of bounds; they
were everywhere (and unmapped), and explain why I
was running around what looks like obvious yellow
to run across. Plus, the hard run yesterday, and
the speed probably isn't as bad as it looks, but
still not great.
Fun event, but disappointed in terms of map
legibility. I'll save my adventures on the
Big Apple subway system for another day --
having taken public transit in more places
than I can count, I'm not a
total rube, but suffice it to say that the logic
of taking a train uptown and then taking that
same line from the same station back downtown
doesn't seem to make sense to the NY subway
planners. I think I ended up in the Hamptons
before finally relocating ... (it actually was
a requirement to go deep into Queens do get
downtown 30 blocks, so I wasn't totally stupid).