Here is the US Sprint Champs 07, M40 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the US Champs 07, M40 Day 1 map, and here are my routes.
Did far better than I expected to on the sprint, and even
ended up with some hardware. This was in spite of some wobbly
first controls, and, despite calling the correct route on #10,
mis-executing it to the tune of 40 seconds to the winner. A
perfect run may have won me this championship again (in M40).
We'll take it tho, being out of shape. I think what helped
was that it was woodsy with more traditional orienteering. I
would not have medaled in a street sprint.
Day 1 of the classic champs featured a touch of verdant woods;
a triple play of laurel, greenbriar, and mistletoe. Its a shame
they didn't complete the set with some MF rose, tho there was
plenty of deadfall to make up for it.
I totally botched #1, I was not into the map, and really could
not figure out how to find the control. This happens to me alot
in the case of thick, vague veg that I must go around rather than
thru -- I have difficulty staying on track and relocating. After
that botch, however, I orienteered fairly well, making sure that
problem didn't happen again, and correcting the couple of mistakes
I did make fairly quickly. I did get into a zone by about the
third or fourth control. But the green was incessant, and that
throws off my timing, leads to frustration, etc., and it was a
crappy run all in all, despite hitting most of the controls cleanly.
I'm not in shape to enjoy running M21, yet a requirement of an
early start time forced me to.
QOC is putting on a great event, but to be honest, I just don't
enjoy so much green. Perhaps I'm getting old, but it seems in the
past two years, there has been a trend towards greener venues and/or
course setting. Perhaps it is global warming. One thing to note
about this course/map is trail/road run options seemed few and far
between. For those of us who do this as a hobby, it would be nice
to show up and see that 6min/k white woods kinda stuff once in a