Laramie Labor Daze #4 -- Rocky Mountain Goat
Pro tip: When there's a 250-meter, uphill walk to the start, be sure to bring along your compass. And when you realize you've forgotten your compass, try to do that more than 60 seconds before the mass start.
So, this got off to a bad start. I was very frazzled for #1-2-3-4, and it shows in my tracks and colossally dumb mistakes at #2 and #4.
From #5 onward I did OK, but I was too far behind everyone at that point for it to make a difference. Besides the few people I passed on the way to #1-2-3, I didn't see anyone for almost this entire course -- so I obviously missed out on the advantage of pack-running that everyone else had.
Also, while my left ankle was mostly OK today (only a few wincing moments), my right kneecap was VERY painful -- something I've never experienced before -- and I could mostly only walk. (Tori and others suggested this could be an IT band issue...)
I still enjoyed the course and the weekend overall, and did not want to go home afterwards -- the sad "day after Christmas" feeling.
(Forgot to start my watch until I got to #1...)