WOC 2009 Sprint Qualification Heat A.
Definitely not happy about this race, and unpleasantly surprised.
I will not get existential or despondent, etc., but certainly deserve a kick in the a** rather than a pat on the back.
I don't know what happened, but I know I was slow. Clearly my first two legs were unduly conservative; I see that now that I have drawn my course. But, after that, it still sucked. In fact, until 11 (12:44 running for me) my splits were pretty awful. After that, they picked up and I was at least in the 20s--not great, but respectable.
The thing is, the first 10 controls were the forest ones, in the drainage areas, and the ones after were more conventional "orange course" stuff. I'm OK at least running around on the trails and fields, but negotiating reentrants--not so much.
From a WRE perspective, this appears to be my third worst WOC performance in my inglorious career.
That would be a stupid way to finish.