How a course’s turns are set up really affects a competition. Whether you face too many turns or the turns are too tight, your time really suffers. While too many turns slow you down, you can do little about the design of the course. When a turn is wide, common sense prevails: walk as close to the edge of the course as possible. However, if the turn is really tight, try not to walk around it too tightly. Walking too close causes your speed to slow and reduces your momentum once you complete the turn. Instead, take it wide enough to enable you to maintain most of your speed around it.
Be careful walking around the turns. It’s easy to lose focus and walk without straightening the leg properly. Judges watch for this. Don’t be their target.