NAOC Long Distance - Burnt Mountain. Green X course.
Right from the start, two things were clear:
1) This was going to be one of the most fun areas to run on in the US.
2) My body did not recover from the middle distance, and my right side felt very weak from the start.
I decided to focus on orienteering and not worry about trying to move quickly. This meant that there was a lot of jogging and some walking, but the controls all seemed to be right where I expected them to be. This was the case through the end of the long leg, when I started feeling a lot of pain on the right side. I jogged the next two controls, and still had good focus - I had a 3-minute lead on Niels Lyng-Olsen at this point. But then it all unraveled on the way to 12. I made a parallel error and then just took ages to recover, spending most of the time walking. It ended up costing me 9 minutes - when is the last time I had a mistake like that? WOC 2007? I jogged the next leg and then walked it in, deciding that there was really no sense in running hard, as any running felt painful and pretty uncomfortable.
Still, I loved the course and the area and would love to see a Billygoat here in a couple of years, when my body can hopefully handle one.
Route Gadget: http://www.vmeyer.net/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?ac...
Check out Niels' route on the long leg to 9! He smoked me by 2 minutes on that.