Harris South, 3.2 km. This was a chase start, and I was at this point in third place. Jon was way out in front, then Ernst, I was about 90 seconds later, and Will was about five minutes after me, with Tori somewhere a bit later. And right off the bat, I blew it. I had scoped out the map a bit, but despite that, I somehow focused on #2 instead of #1. A possibly contributing factor was that on the way down the trail, I wrenched my right ankle really badly. I was limping heavily, went right past #1 (despite seeing Eric leaving the trail to head for it), then turned at an intersection that wasn't the one that I thought it was, left the trail at what I thought was the right place but wasn't even close, and headed into oblivion. Nothing made any sense, and at some point I just gave up and decided I needed to find my way back to the Harris Center to basically start over. On the way, I more or less blundered into the intersection that the control was next to. Probably about nine minutes lost.
Things got better for the next several controls, although Ernst was surely out of reach and Will had undoubtedly gotten past me. At #6 I caught back up to Will, who said that Ernst had made a mistake allowing Will to catch him, and they had been together for a few controls. Will and I were together for 7-8-9, with him usually in front, but wiith me providing a little help when we got near the controls. I was having a lot of difficulty moving because in addition to my ankle being sore, my right knee had a stabbing pain right in the front that felt like it was going to put me on the ground if I moved any faster than a walk. I had also stubbed my big toe on that foot, and my left knee was hurting as well.
Will headed off in some weird direction while I went directly toward #10 and I spiked it, or so I thought. But no flag. So I went somewhat north and found Will, who was lost and worried that I was on my way to #11. I also found a disctinctive knoll and attacked from there, but ended up at the same place I was before, no flag. So I went south, found recognizable stuff, attacked from there, and still came back to the same knoll. Grr! But this time I spotted the control (and Will was already gone). No problem to #11 (saw Will leaving it), and a slow trudge to the finish. But Ernst lost a lot of time on #9, so I ended up 3rd (and likely would have been 2nd if I had read the control description on #10 and found the control the first time I was there).splitsresults