Adirondack Adventures/US Champs Long @ Camp Wakpominee
Turn map over, whoa there! Lots of detail, especially rock, very few bits that look like they might be at all easy... So mission 1 = control 1 and then just continued focus from there on out!!
I had a good race, AP splits say no errors, but there was a bit just outside of circle to #1, some hesitation to #6, a missed trail to #10, brief confusion with a trail to #11, and then I lost my left contact on my way to #13, which increased the difficultly of the last fairly easy loop in through the sprint terrain. But under 2 min lost in total, I'd guess. I'm sure I still need to be doing it all faster, but happy with it nonetheless!
1 - Not an easy one to start, looked very breifly at the around on trail option, looked too far, so headed on up a way that didn't seem to have too many cliffs. Didn't both following in detail on way up, figured I'd place myself where it cleared and flattened. Kinda did, but made an error just on the edge of the circle, dodging left into an earlier and too low reentrant. 30s lost? Louise got me by about that much on the split.
2 - Easy. Reentrant to pond to ride, cross trail, huge cliff takes you in.
3 - How to get down a hillside covered in all sorts of black? Just get down it, in vaguely the right direction. Easy to place myself at the bottom, and while descending wrt the stream. Then by cliff, through double hills, on bearing, noting rootstocks on approach, actually.
4 - Quickly apparent med green was slow, detoured to left side where it was lighter green, sailed to stone wall.
5 - Route choice! But left looked far better. Dodging med green at the start, then stringing together lots of trails. Decided even to approach from trail, safest. Had to stay focused as folks walking to the start cheered!
6 - Uphill cliffy slog. Wasn't entirely placed where I was the whole way up, but was counting on marsh at the top to catch me, which it did very nicely. From reentrant out of marsh, plan was to keep flat to my reentrant. But I hesitated in each and every vaguely reentranty thing I passed, really could have gone quicker, obv cliffs behind the one I really needed! 2nd leg I didn't win, Louise 4s up.
7 - Smoked this one. Up reentrant, over to marsh, around it's edge, cross trail, in linear reentrant, to next marsh, to control in saddle.
8 - Scooted a bit on the trail to get a more gradual climb. Took a gu while walking up hill staying online. Nice drop down to mine/spur.
9 - On bearing, counting huge reentrants.
10 - Overtook Angelica and Izzy here. But first came to a full stop. Mega-long leg. Selected a plan, now time to whiz away from the other women. First to marsh, then full-speed tumble down hill side, ducking left at the bottom along stream out to trail. Booked it on trail, unforutnately oversimplifying a bit where I needed to go right on a little trail to a T junction where I just went straight. False. Caught, but cost some time. Crossed after the open water, up above cliffs, then cruised along.
11- Along marsh, then distracted by wrong-directioned trail for a smidge, saved by pond and looking at my compass! A little too far left when I came out, luckily it was open around control...
12 - Absolutely loved this leg. Simplified very effectively and just went for it. Won the leg by 1:06. Probably taking the gu was a very good thing. =)
13 - Keen to keep up the speed, just going for it, but then damn, a stick pokes out my left contact. A bit wonky vision, but I'd had a good sprint at Flying Pig when my right contact fell out at the 4th control, so no worries, just onward as best as possible!
14 - Not super (should have gone directly to right building gap!), but ok for getting used to vision wierdness.
15 - Boo! Distracted by the men's control at the rootstock that I saw first. Corrected before I got there at least.
16 - That swamp grew. A lot. Kind of made me scared. And my bearing wasn't great to start with.
17 - Tried to run fast over the rocks at least, maybe going out to the road was fastest? Hard to tell.
18 - I'd visited the finish before warming up, so knew exactly where the go control was, just scooted quickly on my bearing and then let myself be guided by the edge of the spectator zone.