Qualifying in the morning. M60. Good for the first 4 controls, then mucked up #5, and a little sloppy on #6. Caught up to Jeff there, apparently Bob Lux was just behind. Headed off to the finish, surprised that Jeff not only didn't outrun me, but also seemed to just disappear. How could he miss the finish?
Of course the proper question was, how could I not see #7 on the map?
Went to the finish, punched, then stood looking at my map for a moment with the idea of seeing what the rest of the terrain was like, because the final would use it again in the afternoon. And there was #7 staring at me.
Not sure what the rules were, but headed off to 7 anyway, just as Jeff and Bob were coming in. Punched it, then back and punched the finish again. A bit dispirited on the run in, figured I'd be DQ'd. But not sure.
Saw JJ. Asked him what the rules were, he said OUSA rules didn't address the matter.
Asked George, well, he'd had a time at the Sprint Champs in Cincinnati a while back, and he'd missed a control early, discovered it after finishing, but before downloading, went back to it, did the rest of the course again, finished, discovered he had skipped a different control this time, went back to it, did the rest of the course (now for the third time), finished, downloaded and was OK.
So I went and downloaded, and the computer liked me, said I was OK. Still not sure if I really was.
Other than that, not unhappy with the run. The O' was a little sloppy, and I had a hard time reading the map, but my energy level wasn't as abysmal as last weekend. Actually ran up some hills. A reminder for the first time in a while that O' is a running sport.