O - competition race (Crooked Compass MD) 7:34:04  *** 28.55 km (15:54 / km) +1315m 12:56 / km
Well, a nice race done well except for a major screw up halfway thru. Unlike last year the terrain was mostly open and runable except for treacherous rock outcrops that of course had controls stashed in them.
Started badly in the prologue after putting my foot down on a wet stick, falling hard and trashing my knee. Minor pain at the moment, but blood soaked thru my tights for the rest of the race. Later stiffened up on the way home and whole knee cap is tender the next day.
Went to D first for which I had second thoughts, but after getting B and wandering around the rocks for A I picked up good trail down to C. Then over to the firing range and up the road to M2. No problems in Cat Rocks and M3 and Map 4.
Across the top of the spillway to M4, wasting time checking out the lower parking lots, then dashing between the controls on Map 5. Held that map by the corner and apparently had my thumb over control O the whole time. Easy control, 200 m on the trail from P, but never saw it on the map. Up to the top of the hill after M5 before I realized I was missing a letter, but still never saw it on the map.
Straight off the corner of the blue trail to Z, sweet going in but thick coming out. Missed Y, got V expecting it to be W and figured out how much I had deviated coming out of Z. Then over to U, back north to the trail and Y. Lost 20 minutes finding the real W after X.
Then a run down the trail to the finish. Had a half hour to spare, so O would have been no problem, but just missed it and getting the sweep.
Trace of hamstring cramp about half way thru, typical of my first long race in early spring, but kept drinking and never really developed or slowed me down. Had one Cliff shot, couple shot blocks, 1-1/2 Cliff bars and 55 oz of Gu drink. Seemed about right.
Pretty happy with current conditioning. Will be a day or so before I run on my knee and got to keep adding miles and some speed work. The weight work has helped with hill climbing.