Wow, what a change from yesterday. My achilles were a bit sore, but otherwise my body felt energetic, with yesterday's debacle not having taken physically as much out of me as it would had I been able to actually race hard.
So, I went in with the idea of just wanting to have a clean race. And was dedicated to the idea of doing better compass work than I had yesterday. And I wasn't allowed to think about running fast. It all pretty much worked. Although I missed about a minute each on 3 controls.
Fun to be in shape and have a good run. Happy to have snuck away with the championship, but it really did feel like sneaking given yesterday's run.
I got really lost, twice. To #6 and to #7, about 10 minutes of mistake each. #6 I knew was scary going in, made a plan to go to a trail, never got to the trail, found myself on some distinct ride, attacked from a distinct boulder, found teh pair of boulders I thought the control should be on, no control. Went back, reattacked, still no control. Finally went further on, walking, confused and found the control on a further pair of boulders. Phil's track suggest may have been misplaced. But that was maybe 4 minutes of mistake at most, primarily I lost time just getting there.
Then I totally goofed on #7 too. It's not even that interesting, but I couldn't go the right direction leaving #6, making me just constantly have to figure out where I was on the map. Finally got into the huge reentrant that guided you to #7, but then left it and wandered around up the hill and then swung north of the control and just couldn't put things together for another long while. So perplexed.