U.S. Nationals long at Letchworth. My course was GreenY, 6.6K, 220m climb, 13 controls.
It was much cooler today, with intermittent rain showers. Luckily it didn't rain while most people (including me) were on the course, but later on it dumped during the awards ceremony and everyone had to dive under the shelters.
3 long legs, and each one cost me time. I navigated 3 to 4 quite well until reaching the actual thicket where the flag was, and I spent too much time too high, past the flag, before seeing people below me leaving the flag. 8 to 9 was the longest leg, over a mile, which I turned into a road run. My lack of conditioning came into play here, as I had a hard time maintaining the pace. 5 to 6 went through trackless woods, and though I got reasonably close relatively quickly, I had to go back and forth along the top of the escarpment which cost me time. I came in 19th out of 21 finishers, 25 entrants in my age group.
Tomorrow is an early start, 9:15, meaning I have to leave the hotel before 7:00AM to be safe (1 hour drive, + 1/2 hour to start). It will be chilly but hopefully dry.