2018 US Masters Nationals, Carter Cave KY, day 2
I started earlier today, so I saw a lot more people. It was also colder, which was on my mind at the start but not a factor once I was moving.
I was running too hard on the way to 1 and not being as safe as I was yesterday. I started to go the wrong ditch at first.
I thought that I could follow a rough compass to 2, and I did pass fairly close to the control. But it was a bad strategy and I should definitely have planned a better attack after crossing the trail. I climbed too far and saw the rocks, so I knew I should relocate. I made myself go over to the trail (but I went slowly, still hoping I would bump into 2 along the way). Bad compass leaving the trail, so I missed again and hit the lower trail. Should have paid attention to how far up the hill I was. Knew exactly where I was, set my compass direction and headed off towards 2. And wound up at the rocks again. Looked at my map and saw that I had been off by 90 degrees. Shit!! Down to the lower trail again, carefully pay attention and this this time I found the control. I thought I lost 5 minutes, but I Actually lost 10. I was pretty pissed at myself.
I punched right behind Brooke, and we both headed up the hill towards the cliffs. I thought I would try to stay above the line of cliffs, but when I got there, I could see that the intermittent trail was quite visible and several people (including Brooke) were on it. So that was lucky accident.
I punched 3 right behind Brenda Blacklock and she was surprised to see me since she had started after me. I seemed to have finally settled down and hit my stride here and I did well on 4-5-6. I was enjoying the flatter areas and tried to run a bit on the way to 6, but I was still mostly walking.
I got lucky on 7. I was about to pass it when I saw someone punching the control out of the corner of my eye. That should have been a warning that my mind was not as sharp as yesterday, but I didn't listen.
I was carefully checking off features on the way to 8 and even told myself that the trail may be hard to see. I saw a woman leaving a control, but it wasn't mine since I hadn't passed the trail yet. But the vegetation ahead was thicker and I thought I had better go look at that control, just in case. It was my 8! Whew, that was another close call.
I had some other folks ahead me to help lead me into 9, but I left most of them behind as I went to 10. I was navigating on my own now.
Picked up another woman at 11 and we both decided to head straight up the hill on the long leg. I briefly considered staying low and going around on the trail, but I reminded myself that straight through the woods is better for me. It was a good choice, based on the splits.
Today's course was much more fun and interesting than yesterdays. I enjoyed the navigation challenge. I had fun in the beautiful woods.
I was also pleased that I had one good day, and one decent day at a race that was important to me. I wanted to win F50 and I did what I had to do to make it happen.
Stayed around to socialize and pick up medals for the PTOC/OK folks. Then drove to Lexington, showered, and went to visit Mike's sister Summer, her husband Silas and our 2-month old nephew Owen. That was a great way to end the day!