MVOC Event - Germantown Metropark (West)
, Germantown, Ohio.
Red Course: 6.03km, 330m, 17c
Course Setter: Steve Barnhart
Official results (to come)
Mike and I made our way from CC to the registration table just fine. Only the temperature dropped to the low 40s during our little drive west. Wind was still blowing like crazy, so it was freezing while we stood in line in the open.
I signed up for Red despite the warning about 330m of climb. Steve Noller and Mike were both doing Red so it was a good opportunity to gauge my performance off them. Since I had already run in the morning, I wasn't going very fast on the course. Thus the focus was to have a clean run. But to my disappointment, I had a couple big mistakes out there (due to poor route planning) even when I slowed down. The route choices I can live with somewhat as I deliberately planned some for the purpose of training. I just lacked the concentration and was perhaps overly hesitant at times in my execution of those more challenging route choices.
Things I struggled with today:
1) Pushing through the rough open areas - the tall weeds, thorns, and berry patches slowed me down a lot. Perhaps I was just too much of a wuss to plough right through that stuff.
2) Relating map contours to terrain - maybe it was tiredness, or maybe it was the map, but I had a tough time with it in several places. Sometimes the terrain appeared steeper than I'd expected. I also had a hard time identifying some subtle (shallow) reentrants as well as rock features.
3) Planning ahead and exit strategies. I was not very efficient in these areas today.
4) Recognizing parallel errors and correcting them quickly - I had 2 of them! Besides taking a different route, I'm not sure what I could've done to minimize these mistakes.
On the other hand, I was pleased to have a couple stretches of cleanly run legs, albeit at a slower pace. My rough compass work was also better today. When we left, Tom Svobodny was in 1st with 87'. Mike was 92' and Steve 93'. Not sure if Gabe had run or not.
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