Hawn, 1:15. 3-hour score-o.
19 of 31 controls. Didn't run the first two hours cleanly. A lot of stops. A lot of green. A number of entanglements with briar vines. Didn't do a good job of keeping my head in the map.
I got a late start this morning so got to the park at about 10:15, then had to wait for a master to come available to copy the map. By the time I was done, I didn't have any time to do a route plan.
Took a couple minutes to look at map, made final clothing selection, put on gaitors, stretched for a minute and then the start.
Since I'm doing a race next weekend, I'd decided ahead of time that I wasn't going to push really hard today. Didn't want to kill my legs like I did a couple weeks ago. Lack of a route plan reinforced that idea. But on the flipside, planning on the fly was an excellent exercise. As it turns out, my route or at least the control order, for the controls that I visited, matched Eric's, so I guess I did ok there.
Map and Route.
Ran clockwise on the eastern portion of the course starting with #6. Then north along base of cliff to a gap and up to #5. But it wasn't there.... Mismarked on master, or mishung? Found it at a knoll further up the spur. More problems at 15. Mishung for certain. Finally found it, but the punch was missing.
Bobble at 30 hurt because of the dark green. Caught error quickly, but lots of thorns and thick veg made for slow going.
More errors to 39, then trouble finding 39. Lots of time lost. Took a short break here to eat a snack and try to refocus on the map.
Spiked 36 and 37 and started to feel a little better. Saw Rick on the way to 38 and then saw Rudy at 38. Ran with Rudy for the rest of the course.
For the most part, I navigated straight to the circle, but the only thing I feel like I did really well today was catching my errors before they got really big.
2 comments on the course:
1. A number of controls could have been hung a bit higher, 6-12 inches off the ground or dropped inside a feature doesn't seem right. I've done this myself, but I won't do it again.
2. There weren't many controls that were suitable for beginners (and one of those was mishung!). My 7 year old would not have enjoyed the experience.