Orienteering 2:18:55  *** 13.4 km (10:22 / km) +510m 8:43 / km
spiked:23/24c shoes: Icebug Spikes
Delaware Water Gap - 37th running of the legendary Billygoat on the Egypt Mills map. This brought back many happy memories of NAOC 2012. It was my first ever Billygoat (I'm kicking myself for not doing more). It is a fantastic format and the little touches like the control codes representing last year's finishers make it extra special. I had no major goals going in since I'm not in great shape right now. Just hoping for a respectable finish - I think I managed that.
Started out slow and ran with a small pack consisting of Karl Ahlswede, Glen Tryson and Ed Despard from 3 to 10. My biggest error was about a 1 minute loss on #3 (selected the nearer of the 2 options on this split leg) where I overran the control due to being a contour low. Other than that, my navigating was fine and I kept my head together. The leg from 3-4 featured some brutal climb. I was a bit sluggish early in the race but felt I moved better over the second half.
I was really ready to be rid of the pack by #10 so decided to skip 11 and use 13 as an attack point for #12. This worked really well for me. I was able to run most of the leg from 10 to 12 and I shook the pack for good. Did the rest of the race mostly on my own. As I ran the trail from 24 to 25 I saw there was a decent pack just a little behind me. I was worried I wouldn't have enough energy to hold them off in the chute but fortunately was passed by only 1 - a West Point cadet.
I ate a gu at the first water stop, some Gatorade and a banana at the aid station and another gu on the way to 22 when my legs were starting to fade.
Thanks to the organizers, especially Sandy and Clem who spent a lot of time in cold, snowy woods getting the course just right. It was physically demanding but super fun. I hope to do another one of these in the not-too-distant future.