|Injured, I jogged and walked for the whole course. I was more aggressive in trying to run than the previous day and had some success. However, I had aggrivated my knee a bit too. I jogged this leg slow--going uphill at this steepness didn't bother me. I recognized the dummy as the manmade object and sited the hill ahead. I think everyone was in front of me though some were going to other controls.
|I jogged downhill cautiously. I was confident about which control to go to. Someone ahead of me froze when she realized that it wasn't her control so I had to ask her to punch to get out of the way.
|Oddly, I started catching-up to people on this leg. I may have passed a few. I climbed the ridgeline and went right to it.
|I went around the flags, across the road, then immediately up the hill. Though I knew there was more climb this way, I reasoned it would be best (faster and safer) for me to use the path on an injured leg. I passed Gayle Ryan and others were behind us. Peggy was not far ahead. I passed the trail intersection, following her route which stayed on the trail the longest before dropping into the control.
|Still pretty close behind Peggy, and seeing Brad not far ahead also, I trailed the train to the control.
|I hopped over the hill steady and straight.
|Going down the ridge, Peggy was able to move faster. I lost her after crossing the first reentrant. I came upon Zak as he paused above the pond. I went a little left, then along the shore leading Zak to the control.
|I was eagar to try to get away from Zak. Funny how I make the same mistakes even when going slow--my run around the pond and not looking at the map to #7 had me believing I should continue going straight. Some other people did too but perhaps they were on other courses. I crossed the ridge going 90 degrees away from the control, then turned the wrong way on the trail near the wrong lake. I reversed myself but lost time. I also was wishy washy about the final attack. I finally came to the right trail and then in from low.
|I somehow caught up to Zak. Another woman had punched in front of me. Now that we were on grass, she and Zak moved faster than I could safely do. I stayed close to them by jogging a straighter line and being confident about where the control was.
|Like #9, I kept close to Zak and the other woman.
|Across the road and to the control.
|I went down the ridge similar to the way I'd come up it. At the bottom, I went to the correct control but didn't check the code.
|I wondered about punching the correct control at 12 while keeping straight. I knew that I'd feel guilty if I had let my team down by mispunching. I hoped to catch Zak and the other woman but did not.
|I ran straight to the swings and saw Max along the way. He didn't see me. I started to go to some stone walls to the right but realized the error of the when I put it in perspective with the huge water.
|Along the shore.
|Moving steady. I may have started to feel just a bit of fatigue in my strut.
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