Knew that the ankle held up well yesterday and so attacked today more aggressively. I went faster, but it did result in more tweaks that the previous day. Still, overall just fine and I think it will recover soon. I'm favoring it a bit as I run, though, and my right leg is extra tired because of it!
Again, another solid race, if nothing extra special. I'm still waiting for the day when my speed and navigation slick together! Then I'll just be unstoppable ;)
Again, 1 and 2 went quite well. 3 was going well until I messed up in the circle. Yesterday I was blaming the rain for missing in the circle because I couldn't use my beloved magnifying glass, but today I have no excuse. Ran to some cliffs too close to the wall, paused to figure it out and ran right back to the control. Another very slight miss on 4 when I looked left as I came over the hill and it was on my right. 5 was fine. 6 was a near disaster, as I just couldn't tell where I came off the last trail. Slowly walking in the right general direction trying to match something up when a control appears in front of me. Ran over really hoping it was mine, but not really believing it was. Sigh of relief. No attackpoint almost got me into big trouble there. Learned my lesson and decided to go right of the line to 7 so that I could attack from the swamp. Read ahead and planned the long leg as I was running along the swamp. Attacked in well, but couldn't find the right boulders in the green. Then went one reentrant too far and ended up too close to the trail. Again, paused to relocated, turned and almost immediately saw the control. Straight along the reentrants and past #16 to 8. 9-11 went well as I checked off big features along the way. 12 started well, but then I thought I was further left as I cut off the trail. Things weren't quite matching up and I thought that maybe I went in further right when I suddenly hit the mountain bike trail and then knew where I was. 13 was worse, as I went straight and hesitated my way through the green. Went to the first trail intersection and then cut through. But the next trail seemed to come too early and I was worried there was an extra trail.... slowly kept on going and eventually came to the long row of cliffs right about the trail and knew exactly where I was. I just wish I had really run confidently through the mountain laurel. Would have saved me about 40 seconds. 14 into the finish went well, as I continued to check features off along the way.
My two maps from the weekend are on my DOMA: