US Two-Day Champs, Hangman Tree, Red M35, 8.4 km, 245 m, 18th. 1st M35, silver for the weekend, about two minutes behind Patrick Shannon -- don't know why Victor Lin isn't eligible.
I gave this about all I had. There was one runner on Red who was clean (but about 10 minutes behind me), and other than that, SA shows me as having lost the least time. That's not a common thing for me. Fast terrain again, all route choices straight, and I was running about as hard as I could. The only time loss shown was on #1, where I ran to just about the right spot, then had to stand still long enough to figure out which wrong ditch I was at, and to look behind me and to the right to see the control. I was apparently even running hard enough on the trail run on #8 that the 30 s or so when I stopped to take a leak didn't show up as a time loss. Things were reallly clicking, I'd just go on compass, I'd check off features when possible, and with the one exception, I'd get to the circle and the control would be right in front of me, which was occasionally a little surprisiing.
As I get older, I do periodically wonder whether I need to start acting my age, rather than continuing to run Red. But despite the fact that I haven't really been able to get in much training lately, I didn't do too badly this weekend, and I think I justified my existence, even in terrain where flat-out speed was at a premium. I couldn't have kept up this pace for much further, but I did manage to not fall apart either day. I was fast enough that AP guessed this to be "running" both days.
And again, the actual climb was way less than what was listed.