20 June 2015

Harry G Daniel Park at Iron Bridge Orienteering

Better known to locals as Iron Bridge Park, was the location of another orienteering meet that the Central Virginia Orienteering Club hosted. I signed up for the orange course which was done a little differently. It was a two map course.

Orange course map 1

Once completing map 1 you would check-in and be given map 2. I lost sometime during this part of the course. I had asked if I get a brake and then go out again or do I keep going? I was told I could break which I needed water anyhow but I did not know the clock was still running..Once I found that out I got my map and went out for the second leg of the course on map 2.

Orange course map 2

I made two navigation errors. First error was map 1 control 6. On my way to control 6 I saw a park boundary marker and figured the pond had to be inside the park left in the woods. Nope it was just outside the park by about 60 ft. Error two was on map 2 and it was about so control 6. By this time the brutal heat was getting the best of me and I made a right-hand turn when I should have made a left.

Some of the skills that I worked on was measuring distance and using pace count. I had to use this twice because the area had a lot of trees down due to storms over the past few years and another area was a in & out control pick-up that I have had issues in that area before.

I need to get more running into my workouts and continue to work on reading the map at speed.

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