SL 3.2, 50m climb; temp in mid to upper 40s
Troll Cup day 2 with a chase start based on yesterday's time on the course, so I started 21 sec behind Sandy and 20 seconds ahead of Trisha, so I knew we'd be fairly close for the first few controls.
Discombobulated at the start, looking at the line from 13 to 12 and thinking I had to take the trail west, until it bent north. Huh? Oh! Not a bad route choice after all; left the trail just past the little side loop and stayed right of the big hill, punching ahead of Sandy and Trisha. Straight to 2 following the stone wall and attacking off the end of it. Popped out to the trail to 3 and left it just past the pair of boulders on either side, while Trisha, running faster, went beyond, possibly up to the bend. As I got close I saw Marty H-T leaving the area and Sandy going in; straight was apparently faster (Candice said she went that way, and she had a faster split than me too). Behind Sandy toward 4 and then she veered a bit right of where I wanted to go, so I kept on and found it (saw the water bottles before the faded flag, however).
To 5 I went up the trail a bit to use the big boulders as "stepping stones" to lead me in. No problem to 6 and 7, but then disaster, when I wasn't as high up on the hill toward 8 as I had thought and when I got to a gigantic erratic, I misidentified it as being farther up the hill than it really was. In retrospect I should have taken into account all the other boulders I saw near it. Lost ~10 minutes while I circled around (seeing Sandy go by didn't help since at that point I didn't know whether she was on her way there or had already found it) and eventually I came back to the large erratic, finally determining that it was mapped as a black oval. Oh.
Flustered, I didn't leave 8 in the right direction and went along the hillside ESE instead of SSE to 9, until I realized what I'd done; lost another 3 minutes there. Okay for the rest. Still, it was good enough for third place behind Mary Jo and Sandy. Chocolate medals
were our prizes. ;-)