I felt it was important to let Mocanaqua grab me by the collar and smack me around for a while before going to Spain. Gets you in the right mindset.https://photos.app.goo.gl/3mmEdhsSAVtCpyvA9
The first and last thirds were decently runnable, the middle third was super rocky with lots of fallen trees. I could probably run faster in a race, but for some reason my motivation dropped there and it was tough to keep the flow and mentality there.
I took a short break at 15 to restart because I was already at 40 minutes and had only planned for 40 minutes of intense focus. Enjoyed the view of the clouds falling over the ridges in front of me and refocused for the last few controls.
This terrain is seriously so nice, but extremely physical. I honestly think this terrain is just as physical as where I trained in Norway but in different ways.
There's also some scary stuff. Like the trenches around 8. When I jumped over the southern one on the way to 9, I looked down and could see maybe 20-30 meters down with no floor in sight. 1 meter wide trench that's +30 meters deep? Yeah, a little freaky.
The two major errors I had were 11 and 13. 12 was super slow because of the rocky, slick ground, but I would call that a mapping failure on my part, not an error during the course.
11 and 13 were both due to the same failure to stay maintain a connection between the terrain, map, and compass while running through areas of downed trees (11) and thick vegetation (13). It's understandable that this happens in places like that, but that means I need to be conscious of it and prepared for it during the course.