congrats - guess that track work paid off?
Not enuf of it. Needed to be 60-75" faster. Not enuf miles around 7:20 or, better yet,
5ks at 7:30ish pace...that's the 'high' road, I seem to be taking the 'low' road.
Pedantic beats frantic! On the first leg Sunday (down several contours and across slope), I kept a good compass line but tuned out topography (since it was on the hard-to-decipher side). When I did not see the blue pond at the bottom, which was a key part of my plan, I was "frantic" for some 20-25" -- saw a flag "just there" in woods - actually on part of a flatish knoll, ran away from it w/o checking code -- but got a hold of myself, returned to take a second look at that flag which was mine (pond not visible without scrutiny). Reigned in the frantic aspect, phew...
I was also searching in vain for a nice blue pond. No such luck. Lost some time there, both going slow and over-running the very subtle knoll. Like you I looked back and saw a flag, but I was pretty sure it was mine, so hustled over and punched it ASAP.
I wasn't expecting a blue pond since all water features had been dry the day before. And I was coming in at such an angle that I saw the depression(pond) and a slight rise(hill) just beyond, with a flag on it, no problemo.
Don't ask me about #6 though. :-)
Awesome weekend for you. Too bad you are not heading to Canada, you are on a roll.
Nice catching up with you Charlie. Good luck at the NAs!
Interesting to hear that the pond WNW of #1 wasn't readily identifiable, as I had banked my strategy on that, too. What happened though was that I wound up in (what I now know was) the small depression WSW of the control, and it was wet enough that I thought (remembering that water features were presumably drier than mapped) that maybe THAT was the pond, so went SE up the little hill, then E - whoops, stream running N-S, turned SW and within a few steps saw the bag. Lost maybe :55, enough to keep from snagging third. (Lost more than that at #11 though - that was the real killer.)
Raises that old, nagging question: "Why don't we do it right in the first place?"!