CMOUSA Classic Championships by PG at Mike's Maze. While Ali and Giacomo in particular were missing from last year's competition, I was excited about racing the usual suspects and newcomer feet. I knew the configuration of the maze from Mike's website, though I hadn't studied it in detail. I expected that with the small clumps of corn, large swaths of the maze would be homogeneous, and relocation would be very difficult. My strategy was much like last year - stay in thorough contact, simplify, and run full speed when possible.
I had a fairly good run - I led from start to finish, and I did well negotiating the particular challenges of this maze. I had a ten second error at control 12 where I didn't see a corn wall along my route until halfway through. I lost contact entirely just after control 13 when I took the wrong corridor; I returned to 13 to establish my position for a loss of a little over a minute. I had a 5s bobble at 19 but was otherwise clean.
This maze posed a different set of problems than last year's. Instead of confronting a set of unique intersections of corridors - perhaps like ski-O - there were a very large number of microroutes. Staying in contact was very difficult, there were few distinctive features, and the way to be fast was to simplify and find highways - sections where you could run full speed with confidence. I'm disappointed to lose two minutes to superman, but more than half of that came on one control.
, though my 405 recording frequency is too low to capture the fine details of corn maze routes.