Red course at Buena Vista.
I think this is my favorite map in Colorado. And it seemed GLORIOUSLY runnable after the recent couple of weeks in Italy & France...
Gøril & her niece from Norway both ran the Green course, so Maiya was my main competition (among females) on Red. I didn't think there was any chance of beating Maiya, so I stopped to take a bunch of photos out on the course.
As it turned out, she only beat me by 47 seconds. DOH! If I hadn't taken all those dumb photos... Oh well; it's fun to have pics of other runners for the RMOC page.
Overall, this went well. I swung out kinda wide to #2; not sure what I was thinking on the way to #5 (bare rock to boulder to saddle would have been 100 times better!); slightly overshot #15 (I looked back and saw John punching it); and then totally blew it on #16 (ready to be finished, obviously not concentrating, and trying to outrun Dave).
I tried to run as much as possible but definitely lost steam on uphills, especially in the last third of the course. But we were at 9,000+ feet...
The only downside of today was the excruciating FOUR-HOUR drive home. (Should be ~2.5 hours.) OMFG.