Glad you didn't meet the same fate as the German earless rabbit :) And that you survived the epic course - good work! (P.S. I'm not sure it's totally wise to be publicly admitting online to "breaking the rules" by social interaction...?)
Fair call. The only actual verbal interaction was at 8 when we shared a moment appreciating how ridiculous the course and terrain was. Strictly speaking not allowed, but at half way through the toughest course of the year (and blatantly not being in the top of the field), I think a moment of levity wasn't such a bad thing ;)
The rest was the silent cooperation/using the other runner that goes on pretty much any time 2 (or more) runners bunch up in the forest. Some of my phrasing doesn't really reflect that (just my style of writing), but I've edited now to try be clearer.
Please don't slap me on the wrist, powers-that-be ;)
Wouldn't want you to have to amend your narrative-writing style, I enjoy it! Am in awe of your navigational abilities (not surprised that someone else might like to benefit from them) & I had meant to put BTR in quotation marks - will do that now. Guess I was just thinking of how quickly the JWOC sprint thread went pear-shaped with accusations of collaborative navigation.
Nah, it was a worth-while comment! Although in this case, I'd hope nobody out there is spiteful enough of my 46th place to try call it! ;)
Funny thing is - while out on the course, my number bib was hanging by a single pin and being really frickin annoying in the green. So I helped it on its way off. The stab of guilt I felt at that moment was partly for technically BTR (although half the field comes in with no number bib...so...), but mainly for littering in the forest!