|S-1 I left my watch at the hotel. I ran to the start a bit late and got there about two minutes before my call-up. Daniel Schaublin was to start 4 minutes behind. Down the trail and then up as I saw a reentrant ahead. I pushed up right past the control on the rock. Near the top, I pushed a step too hard and felt some pulling on my achilles before getting to the control. Going into this, I felt very out of shape and overweight.
|1-2 I ran to the trail and cut right, through the wall and left down the hill. I cut right near the bottom and cut across the green slash where it was thin and not difficult. I was surprised to see the control so soon, not yet used to the 1:10,000 scale.
|2-3 I took the high route hugging the ridge and found an unmarked indistinct trail.
|3-4 I set a bearing but was off to the left a bit. Pulling-up at the right spot, I finally decided to go up and soon saw it.
|4-5 Back to the trail, almost the way I'd come in, I crossed the marsh at the bottom and ran along with it on my right and using the formline knoll to spike it.
|5-6 Through the saddle, I ambled down, using the road and stream to head to the rock. I was a little bit surprised to see the control so quick.
|6-7 Staying on the right at first, I got caught-up in the thorns, backed out and cut down and across the stream. Using the confluence as a clue to climb and avoid the green, I walked up the steep rocky area. I decided to cut through the green in the thin area but probably was higher. I cut left and hit the trail. Surprised, I found the reentrant from there w/no problem.
|7-8 Slogging up the hill, I crossed the trail near the sharp bend and curled in from there.
|8-9 I tried to contour around but pulled-up short but on target. It was poor map reading for me not to realize it was further down. I was rushing. Not seeing it, perhaps distracted by some others who were higher and probably on another course, I climbed to a distinct boulder near the top with a control that was near the trail. Now more confused, I went almost along the ridge to another distinct rock and control that happened to be right off the trail. I came back down right to the real control after that.
|9-10 Straight there but I stopped between the cliffs (at another control?). Again I wasn't convinced it was so far down.
|10-11 I went out straightish along the flat. I only made about two steps on the trail before picking my way along the bottom of the cliffs. Somewhere along here (I think?) I cut away a bit unsure of which spur it was on so I went down the reentrant between two. I saw it on my right and also saw Andy Hall coming from below the hill to the same control. I didn't realize he was running Blue.
|11-12 I aimed-off left a bit to get to the trail above the intersection. I followed it to the ridge and cut left around the downfallen tree, having afterward to go around it to get to the control.
|12-13 I aimed off right a bit to get to the trail before the intersection. At the intersection, I cut right, down the hill. Turning left into the wood, I slipped on a wet stick and slammed to the ground, landing on my face--my head bounced on soft dirt thanfully. started to go down and around the rock at the bottom but changed course to cut up and across. Down and around was quicker.
|13-14 As I left, I saw Alar Ruutopold and Daniel getting to the control. I stopped at the trail, coming to it perpendicularly. Not seeing the dotted line under the control line on the map I made the right choice but was very tentative, not sure if the control was on the left or right side. I didn't look at the control description with Alar and Daniel right behind. I figured it out and ran to the edge of the field and punched.
|14-F I curved in, climbing a bit, then dropping in. I didn't want to sprint all-out because of my achilles but stayed ahead of Alar and Daniel.
Total Time Lost - 00:03:50