Middle distance day, though Clare made sure to give us our money's worth with slightly longer than advertised courses.
A pretty good run for me. The terrain was quite different than what I expected from the description and the photos on the website. Basically, it was way thicker and scratchier with a lot less woods. You know, better, only totally not. In case anyone was wondering whether or not chaparral makes for good running, I can offer up a very strong opinion that it does not.
The notes indicated that the courses started in the more technical part of the map, so I had it in my head to start nice and slow. And I did, but that's partially because I flipped the map over and went, "Woah, what's with all the green? And why are the lines so dark?". Squinting at the map, I made my way slowly to the first control, no issues. Tried to figure out the best way to pick a route through the chaparral on the way to 2 and 3 but never really figured it out. I don't think there's a real technique to it, you just have to be lucky and/or big and scratch resistant.
Had a few bobbles - went right by 6 because I was looking for a bigger feature than the little dip that it was in. Twelve was a real bitch, I don't think I actually screwed anything up, but it took forever to get there. Maybe would have been better to just go all the way around the bottom of the hill in the open-ish stuff. And by the time I got to the end of the course I was pretty beat, because I had expected to be out for 40-some minutes, not almost an hour, and had thus been running harder (a good thing!) and I started running towards 17 on the way to 16. But other than those few things (2 or 3 min total?) it was a solid run with a good result.
Jeff Coker blew everyone away in ~47, Paul Ort in ~56, then Tapio only 14 seconds ahead of me and Jan just over a minute behind me. So, 5th overall and first F-21+, which looked great in the results because the next three women were all Norwegian. How often is that going to happen?
I liked the way I felt for most of the course, actually reading the map in order to know what to expect ahead of me and then actually looking for it and actually running the right way. The map