US Champs Middle. Same old story of missed opportunity.Splits
What went wrong: three 90s+ errors - ran right past 7 and ended up at 9; bad route choice to 11; confused in the rocks around 20. Two 15s errors - one rock too high at 6, one rock too low at 18. Hit a bit of a wall and bled time compared to J on the hill-climby 16-17-18 legs.
What went right: Fitness not as poor as I was expecting relative to the field given lack of recent training. Five top splits and four second place splits. Had a couple stretches of great orienteering - 1-5 (was apparently leading the race at 5) and 12-15, where I was moving well and navigating cleanly, but within my ability. My problem in general is that 95% of the time I'm unable to string these good stretches together into a full race.