Day 2: Saturday November 5, 2005.
Training 1: Route choice exercise.
I was paired with Christine and we executed two different routes to compare which route is faster. On the map, Christine's route is in blue and mine is in red. Next to each control there is a star, the color of the star represents which route was faster.
This exercise was incredibly valuable, and also a lot of fun. In general going around was faster, as in the case of 2 to3 where running through the field was 2 minutes faster, and from 3 to 4 as well, but in the case of 5 to 6, going straight seems to be faster (although Karen and Helen said it was about the same). Karen and Helen compared the route 6 to 7, and Helen was faster going steep up to the fields and down to the control, than Karen going straight. Here I think the point is that taking a easy to execute route is faster even though it was certainly more physically demanding climbing up to the fields. From 10 to 11, the most optimal route is to cut up earlier from the trail onto the trail just after the out of bounds area, Christine stayed longer on the trail than optimal, according to our comparison with others.
Take home message: Trail routes around, and routes using fields were in most cases faster. Coming into a control from a easy to get to attackpoint was generally faster.