West Point Red Long.
I did sign up for Blue, but I changed to red after the sprint on Saturday. I wanted to have a good day on red.
I started out confidently, noting that the first control chould be fairly straightforward with the saddle between the two hills. But as I was running for it, I saw the control below me. It's too low, I told myself... but yesterday I thought it was too low and it really was my control.... it can't be mine, I told myself.... but yesterday.... warring minds and I did head down about 5 contours to check it out. Of course, it wasn't mine and I climbed right back up those 5 contours. Another spectacular beginning. Yes, I do see the trend.
But after that it got better, eventually. A bit of a hesitation on #2, as the other control again threw me off. I had a beautiful route to #3, only to start heading off about 180 in the wrong direction. But the long climb settled my brain and although I did a funky extra climb and loop at the end of that leg, I was beginning to think straight. 5-9 went well and I debated 10 for a bit as I had gu at 9. The around the left route looked too long, although I think it was best. I decided for up and over, to work on my hill climbing skills. It was quite steep, but may have been a decent route had I executed it well. At the top I meant to go through the big saddle, but I cut up too early. I then thought I was one hilltop further along, which caused some confusion. Luckily, I just kept on going on my compass and when I hit the trail for the second time I realized what I had done.
The rest of the race was spectacular, with little to no time lost. I was able to chase after Brendan to 15, although once he realized I was there he sped up again. We went separate ways to 16 and I was convinced he was in front of me and I was pushing hard to catch back up.
If only the beginning of my race could have been like the end. I had some serious trouble starting my races this weekend, which is unusual for me. I often have trouble around control 3 or 4, but I typically start off well. Nerves for the first A meet of the season?