Day 1 at Letchworth was pretty brutal for me. Climb was killing me and my distance in Mi was longer than straight line in KM! Nav mostly went pretty well with 3 big errors (5 min or so) and just overall really slow. We didnt each lunch before hand, and I ate both my Gu before I was half done. By the end I was starving and dead. Water was along roads and trails instead of controls, but was available along the obvious routes so I stopped 3 times. Map was printed on two sheets with a flip at control 12, which i had no idea what that meant on the clue sheet.
1- didnt mess up the first control!
2- took the long way around on the trail
3 - Took the trail, longer road route may have been slightly faster/easier, but the trail was pretty
4 - straight. slight bobble after walking right past it.
5 - long way around on the trail N to avoid the crazy cliffs. Lost the trail for a bit but picked it up again.
6 - straight
7 - road to trail. Got to it with 2 other guys, but then i messed up the approach and they got ahead
8 - turned in a little too early
9 - first big mistake. The hill was too daunting and i got pushed down it instead of climbing it. Eventually saw a flag only to figure out it wasnt mine, and i couldnt figure out what feature it was on. Took me a little bit to figure out what happened and get back on track
10 - straight and careful
11 - out to the road. Looked to tricky to stay on the side of the hill
12- out to the trail to grab some water
13 - trail to the rocks then cut in
14 - second big mistake. Decided not to go out to the trail, but i got pushed up and down a lot and didnt keep good pace counting. I ended up really confused and again found the wrong flag and couldnt figure out what it was on. Eventually i was able to correct based on the stream crossings.
15 - straight and careful
16 - straight and careful
17 - trail to creek
18 - third big mistake. so many people wandering the woods and the wet stuff wasnt very wet which made it more confusing and vague. I was spent at this point and not thinking straight so it took me way to long to reattack, and even then I missed it up again!
19 - a sad walk up the hill
F - a sad attempt at running up the hill to the punch
14/16 finishers, Id say 15 min in errors, and generally just not good enough fitness and energy