...to watch this video. I usually don´t watch (longer, or at least not whole) GoPro videos since it´s very hard to get the real feeling for what´s happening (and long=boring).
But - this one was interesting to follow. I put the map with the course on the side and tried to follow along - which usually worked OK, except for the part in the arboretum where twists and turns made it harder. In the campus area it was possible to actually follow with map and video side-by-side.
Only saw some of the others in the beginning and when you occasionally met them so got the impression you were in the lead most of the way. Noticed the different route choices to #23 where Ian passed you - was that where he got away due to his route or was he just faster?
I read Leif's comment before I watched, so I expected to see Will and Ian take different macro-routes to #23 (ie: left vs right), but you can see Ian pass Will rounding the southwestern-most corner of the construction (meaning that both went right). Ian took the better micro-route here, cutting through the courtyard; Will went around the outside. Ian opened up a pretty good gap after that.
I suspect that Ian is probably faster.
(FYI: the construction area with the backhoe seen at 12:24 was made after maps were printed, so the competition maps had that drawn in with red marker. You won't see that on the online maps.)
How will you conform to youtube's terms of service if you Willvision the inevitable naked Night-O?
Conveniently placed bouncing black bars ala The Bachelor or Bachelorette would be my guess haha
You can always just win. If you're in front the whole time, there's nothing to see...
@bubo yes, the approach into 23 was where Ian got me with the better route choice. On a track he is definitely the fastest runner in the tournament, so I didn't want to get into a sprint at the end and made a spur-of-the-moment choice to make something happen. Turns out what I made happen was myself fall behind :)
I was indeed in the lead for much of the course - though generally only by <5s. You can see Ian at several points in the first butterfly loop, Adam a few times throughout, and in the second loops I encounter Eric and Adam-Ian-Thomas once each.
Reliving the video gives me the feeling of being pursued constantly by a horde of unseen demons that I can't shake. Like the classic dream where [insert scary thing] is slowly gaining on you no matter how fast you run...