Orienteering race 1:58:18  *** 18.72 km (6:19 / km) +395m 5:43 / km
Day 2 - Borregoat! There was a good group running the Goat, including Eric, Francois, Josh, Mark, Matej, Young Will and others. Herd running for the first few controls, then things started thinning out a little by 6 or 7 with Eric, Matej and myself generally spearheading the train. I reached 8 first, then spiked 9 without help, which I was happy about. Took the trail around to 10 which put me a few seconds behind Josh and Eric, who went straight.
Hanging out in the lead group till 12, after which things fell apart fast. I had been planning to skip 13, which was perfectly reasonable, but in the course of heading south on the trail I ended up going past all the viable climbing spots and found myself in a slot canyon with sheer 50-foot walls on either side. Which was cool, except it took me 700m the wrong way and I had no opportunity to climb out until I had nearly reached the start of the Maze-O, near control 19. So yeah, that was that - had to retrace my steps some 1100m back to 14 to get things sorted out.
Lost a couple minutes on 19, then caught up to Josh on the way to 20, but instead of going to 20 we ran clean off the southern edge of the map. Hard to relocate without being on the map. I found 20 first and got away from him, then the rest of the course was uneventful, just alone running out the string dispiritedly and on tired legs.
Really fun course, and a good challenge to race with a bunch of guys, most of whom had been here before. This is just the kind of high-visibility, open rolling terrain that I love (see: Fishtrap). Lesson learned: Don't mess with the canyons - get out as quick as you can.