Red course at Babler
Another fine course setting job by Yvonne. Thanks to her and all the helpers! I enjoyed getting back out on a course after a long break.
Woke up at 3 am with the first signs of a cold and felt iffy when I got out of bed at 7 but didn't want to miss the meet.
Did a 10 minute warmup and then started off. Nobody recent in front of me and nobody right behind me so I was on my own on the way to #1. Sadly I chose a bad route, down the road towards the park entrance to cut around the spur and save a climb. Got tangled up in the supER thick veg and deadfall and lost contact. Finally relocated and did the climb I was trying to avoid..... that was a 19:40 leg for what should have been 7 or 8 minutes. Also lost my punch card. Haven't done that in a while. Feeling crappy enough that I considered dnf'ing but decided to press on.
2 through 9 were all smooth, good pace. I think my routes were all ok.
6 - 7 I decided to just blast down to the point of the spur and head straight to the control. Didn't look at the map from entering 6 until I got to the bottom of the spur near 7. Lost a few seconds verifying that I hadn't made a parallel error, but nothing major.
Contoured and diagonal'd my way up the hill from 7. Popped out on the trail just ahead of Erl and Emily. They had started behind me, and I didn't see them at 7, so I don't know whether they passed me earlier (at 1) or if their route from 7 to 8 on the trail was that much faster than my route.
I didn't see 9 right away... lost a few seconds there.
Up and over to 10, didn't listen and mismatched the terrain to the map. headed up the road, turned into the woods, and down the wrong spur (with E & E + another guy). Spent a few minutes wondering where the control was and then noticed the pool (across the road) was not where it was supposed to be....
Split from E & E on the way to 11. The went left around the pool, I went right and took the trail up the ridge and around to the control. Extra distance and climb, but just mindless running. Saw the control from the opposite side of the ridge, very tempting to go straight at it..... Beat E&E to 11 by 20 - 30 seconds.
After speed work on wednesday and a commuter run on Friday, I was happy how good my legs felt.
Consumed almost all of the 1.5 liters of water I took with me, and a gel.