More about the middle course:
Wanted no mistakes and good concentration. Walked the whole course (with one exception noted below)
Slow to get into the map to 1, as were many other folks. Hesitated a lot and was not confident of where I was going. Poor route choice to 2. Thought I knew where I came over the hill, but I was wrong. Got down into some green, and realized that I should go back up. Lost the most time here.
After that, my concentration was pretty good. I was also doing a decent job of reading ahead and knowing where I was going.
Hesitated a little bit going to 11, because the contours didn't make sense, and there was someone else in the area who distracted me.
Funny mistake at 12. First, I didn't keep a straight line towards the control, and was quite surprised when I came out onto a ride. Never saw it on the map, among all the rock features! Still took a moment to figure out that I didn't have to climb back up, but could reach the marker from the ride.
The most ridiculous mistake was 14. I decided to run into the finish, went too fast, and ran out of oxygen. I got to the buildings, didn't see the control (which was around the corner) and stopped. I walked back to the trail junction, hesitated, started again, stopped again, etc. When some oxygen finally returned to my brain, I ran the 10 meters to the control and into the finish. I had been hoping to break one hour, and that last silly mistake put me over :(
I did not like all the blueberry bushes and downed trees, but conditions were the same for all. The course was very good, with a good mix of leg lengths and technical/physical difficulty. I was pleased that I only had one brain dead moment, which cost me only a minute or so, instead of my recent habit of "15 minutes-of-wandering" adventures. I was also pleased to have a decent run on day one; I seemed to have problems with that recently.
time lost: 3.4