My legs were tired when I woke up in the morning, so I wasn't sure how well I would move today. I ate some food before the race, and carried food and Gatorade with me on the course. Not because the distance would be long, but because I knew I would be tired on the third day of competition.
Things went well for the most part. A bobble at 3, and I started to leave 4 thinking I was going from 5-6. But later I had the fastest split on the course when I did run from 5 -6 (probably because I didn't read the clue, so I wasn't looking for a cliff :)
I was moving well as I approached the spectator control C14 (I was even leading Peggy at that point :). But I ran into the spectator control just behind Angelica, and I was thinking about keeping up with her. Even though, one minute before, I had said to myself: be careful navigating as you leave the spectator control, and don't run too fast.
After that, I had the exact same experience as Cristina
. My brain had run out of oxygen (or glucose?) and nothing made sense. I knew I was standing on a large section of bare rock, but I couldn't identify it on the map. I had no idea I was looking for a boulder in a reenetrant. Instead, I just wandered around for 9 more minutes, until I finally stopped on another piece of bare rock, looked up the hill to see the tents at the finish, and relocated from there. It was a complete brain fail, and I was so disappointed to have done everything wrong, and not listened to all the things I knew I should have been doing at that point.
Pushed to the finish and just managed to win F45. Good job by Angie and Lisa to take silver and bronze.
Overall, I was happy to have survived three days of tough competition. And to have won two golds and a silver :)