Mike and I went to Perry and I ran part of his course from last week. I need to practice running on areas with lots of trails. I tend to either zone out when I'm on a trail, or get lazy and only think about the trail and not the contours or other features. I was advised to skip 1, so I went to 12 first, then onwards.
So my goal today was to always know what I wanted to do with each trail: cross it, turn left or turn right. I give myself a B. I missed one time where I planned to turn left (crossed it instead on the way to 3) and also I expected to follow the straight line from 2 to 3, but I drifted south and crossed more trails than I expected. And on the way to 9, I thought I would cross a trail and keep going uphill, but I misread the contours (I was tired).
I liked the leg to 5. I have problems with long legs and crossing trails, so this was really good practice. Did not enjoy falling over the barbed-wire fence halfway there (Mike had even warned me that there were unmapped fences). As I approached 5, I realized that I should probably turn around in order make it back on time, and I had successfully navigated most of the leg, so I went to 6 instead. This was fun because I had never been in this area before. Scared up a flock of ducks and some pelicans.
The woods here are nicer than Kill Creek yesterday. It was nice to be out, but my legs were tired. I pushed hard at the end, knowing I would be a few minutes late. I pretended I was on my way to the finish at day 2 next weekend, and I should leave nothing in the tank. So I pushed.