Actual distance and climb: 4.63 miles and 90 m
Error time was ~11 minutes.
A new day, a new beginning. Go for the gold! Yesterday was a long model event. Apply what I learned.
I was pretty sure that today would see a whole range of emotions for me and others, but I never imagined it could turn out like this.
With an earlier start to the day, I decided to skip carrying water to lightened my load, use my new compass, put bug spray on my head, and try for safe routes. With Sandy starting 18 minutes behind me, my goal was to lose to her by less then 18 minutes. However, with Kris starting just 2 minutes behind me, I was feeling that pressure instead. Can I get to the first control before she does?
S-1 A little confused by the trail the start and then the overgrown field, but I figured it out pretty quickly. Made it before Kris. Whew! :)
1-2 Afraid of this leg, so I took it slowly and hoped to find the property line signs, and I did. Yeah!
2-3 On compass. Nail it. Go figure.
3-4 About 2 minutes lost. Long, convoluted way around, but I wanted to play it safe. Messed up a bit just near the end after being confused by the dry swamps.
4-5-6 Well done (for me) using the stone walls, boundary line and compass. This compass thing being my friend is nice.
6-7 Safe, out of the way route.
7-8 Right to it.
8-9 About 7 minutes lost. Probably the only control I wished I had taken the option I considered first - from the stream below the control. I attacked it from the other side instead. Just before the control, I did a full face plant, smashing my glasses into my face and drawing blood. I thought I had a bloody nose, and then decided it was a cut chin. It didn't seem too bad, so I kept going...right by the control...twice. Literally, right by the control, probably within 5 feet each time. Circled around again, figured I had been looking incorrectly down the reentrant instead of up into the shallow part, and the third time by I found it. Agh!@#$ The only control that I was really ticked off about all weekend. I will chalk it up to being shook up from the fall and the blood collecting on my shirt.
9-10 About 2 minutes lost. Wow, what a difficult trip down the hill through the ferns and crap.
10-11 With the hamstring pain, this usually fun, easy leg type of leg couldn't have been less fun.
11-F Gathered myself and tried to beat what I imagined Mary's time to be. Close, but officially 1 second slower, and probably should be 2-3 since the finish control Mary tried to punch first was missing.
Very pleased with who I got myself around this course. And, I beat the 18 minute spread to Sandy, who finished 2nd behind Peggy.
And, I guess there was enough blood to warrant a check by the first aid gut - Sam? Tom? Heck, I asked his name twice this weekend, but it still escapes me... The cut was on my cheek, not my chin, and it was tiny. But, I got some attention with the pretty purple bandage.