Blue Hills Traverse, 13.2 km, 340 m, 11th place. This appears to have been my 25th Traverse, plus I was the setter for one (making me the only person to have set all three legs of the Triple Crown). Warm day, probably about 60 at the start, and the sun came out just before, but then there were intermittent showers for a while, after which it got sunny, quite windy, and the temperature dropped at least 10 degrees.
Low energy in the beginning, and I was doing a lot of walking because I couldn't get myself motivated to stumble any faster through the rocks. I was able to run a bit more in the latter part. Saw a few people off and on, particularly David Oxenstierna, but I was by myself a fair bit. Navigaion wasn't too bad. Went right on #12, and I think that was probably okay. Botched #17, because I did something wrong with the trails, and next thing I knew, I was at a trail junction 300 m W of #9, which was definitely not the plan. If I had done what I intended, I would have taken the road, but instead I ended up taking trails to the right of the lake, which was fine, though the damage was already done. Missed #18 slightly. On #19, I just wasn't in the mood to take the left-hand route, so I went right, which was maybe a little shorter but definitely had more climb, and then I missed the control slightly again. The rest went fine, except that once I reached Camp Sayre, I couldn't read the map at all. Slight watering of the eyes combined wiith the busy 1:15000 took it beyond my visual abilities. I had to resort to just running in more or less the right direction, and hoping for the best. Approaching #24, I saw David up ahead going from left to right, so I figured he was on his way to the finish and I turned left and found the boulder. And then from the last control to the finish was about the most baffling finish chute I've ever encountered. I figured the finish was probably around where I knew the food was, and I had seen that building before going to the start, so I ran in the right direction and tried to find that building (which worked).
I was wondering recently when the last time was that I had run on a 1:15000 map, and of course now the answer is the Traverse. (Before that -- Team Trials?) Pretty tough without magnification, though most of the map slides through because it's somewhat underdetailed. Laser printing really still isn't up to the task.
The other toenail was completely lifted when I was done.