O - competition race (US Nationals Long) 1:01:46  5.91 km (10:27 / km) +168m 9:10 / km
Fun race! Finally connected and ran hard. Forest had lots of light green, but not difficult to run through it. Avoided the small areas of dark green, which were briars.
Ran the trail along east to 1, which I think was a conservative but bad decision. Running SW on the trail to white and then cutting straight S would have avoided climb and been a clear shot, with the marshes to guide you. I think I could have done that 3 min faster.
Aggressive to 2 and had fastest time.
Stopped short at the top of the first ridge and looked for 3 until I took a close look at the map and went down the backside to the smaller hilltop. 2 min lost.
Went a little past 4 and looped around looking for the buried barrel that was the pit. 1 min there.
Straight to 6 and saw Tom leaving.
Then with Tom and Steve to 7, 8 and 9. Fast. All took separate routes to 10. Mine was direct and fast, but Tom just runs faster. Steve got cute and ran trail to no benefit.
A little slow running to 11, but finished ok.
Happy with result, only time this weekend I felt in the hunt. 4th for the day, a min out of 3rd behind Walter. Good to be on a forest map that took some thinking.