2009 US Championships, Greenbush, Wisconsin
First of all, this was a great event. Everything was well-organized, including one of the best banquets I've been to. The maps, courses, and results posting were superb, and the terrain was worthy of a championship. A huge thanks to Kevin Teschendorf and the rest of the Badgers for a great weekend!
The race was a disappointment. Given that I am injured and cannot train at full speed, I had no right to have expectations coming into this race, but I still did. I felt like the terrain would suit me, being technical and not rocky, and so this motivated me to train somewhat decently the last couple of months. I felt like a good race was possible, and a good race might be enough for a bronze medal behind Ross and Will. Well, that did not happen. My hoped-for CSU sweep of the top 3 or even 4 places did not happen, as I made far too many mistakes out there. I started out great, running well in the beginning and leading the race through 20 minutes. I then had a lapse in concentration that led to a big mistake at #6, followed by good legs to 7-8-9, and then another mistake on 10. I missed low and, when relocating, took a strand of barbed wire to the gut. I was very distracted and felt out of it for the next couple of legs, and even got nearly all the way to #14 when I was meant to be reading the map to #12. Only seeing Kenny coming towards me made me snap out of it and realize that I was reading the map to the wrong control. 13-14-15-16 went well again, but then I started getting really tired and made another mistake on 17, before stumbling through the final controls. I lost about 7-8 minutes total on 7 controls and did not have the physical fitness to push hard through the whole course.
On the bright side, Will and Ross took care of their part of the hoped-for CSU sweep and were far and away faster than anyone else on the day, coming in 1st and 2nd with very good times. It's exciting to see Ross getting better by leaps and bounds this year. It would be nice to have a US Champ born in the 80's one of these days!
Map with route: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.ph...