On 10/22 I ran an orienteering event for the 1st time in a while. I think I only made it out once last year due to knee surgery in September, when the season starts. I was definitely a little rusty with navigation, but not as bad as I thought I would be. And I was able to run much more of the course than I thought I could. I ended up 4th on the green course, which is the 2nd longest. (It is the same difficulty — expert level — as the red, just a little shorter.)
The one part that got me the most was when I thought I was a little off, so I ran up a road about 50 meters to verify that a cemetery was there. Well, it was there on the map, but not in reality. So then I was really questioning where I was. I ran up another 150 or 200 meters to a road intersection, to finally be certain of where I was, and then had to run all the way back. That probably cost a good 7 or 8 minutes total.
I’ll be going back out on 11/12, and will probably run green again. Before surgery, I’d often be 1st or 2nd on the green course, so I hope to get back to that point.