PTOC event at Hodge Park, 11C and raining. Used MapMyRun for GPS since I left my Garmin at home.
The woods here are really, really thick, so going around is usually the best option. But I'm still not used to thinking of myself as a runner, so I still look for direct routes through the woods (like 9-10) instead of the smart move of going back on the trail and running along the grass. I groaned when I saw 10-14 because it was straight running.
I was with Eric for the first 4 controls, but then I moved away from him, which surprised me. Mike passed me by taking the better route from 9-10: I saw him leaving 10 but had not seen him before that. He was out of view by the time I got to 13.
When I got close to 14, I left the main trail and headed into the woods, right towards the rootstock. I was surprised to hear Mike calling to me from the trail above. He had just found 14 after looking for 5 minutes. It was up high and about 100m north. Thanks! I never would have found it otherwise; I probably would have relocated once or twice and then moved on. Of course, a lot of people lost time here. Poor Dean (who usually wins our local races) spent 30 minutes here.
I was thinking about avoiding the thick woods leaving 16, so I went way around. What a silly decision, the leg was so short. I was second-guessing my previous bad decision at 9-10.
I finished second behind Mike as everyone lost time at 14. Even looking at times without errors, this was a fast time for me and I felt pretty good on the running legs (which included walking breaks).