Ultimate-O Score-O at Lick Crick, the map which is my longtime nemesis. I headed to 104 and 121 first; sure enough I lost two minutes on 104, then what should've been a 3min leg ended up taking me 12min after I was enveloped
by a swampy wet morass of greenness. It quickly became one of those situations where you abandon all designs on finding the flag and care only for freedom.
After that things settled down and my early hardships turned out to be the worst Lick Crick would throw at me this time. I did bobble my final three controls, which hurt me in the end as I finished 18s late and thus lost 20 points. Side note - I happened to punch 103 a few seconds after Siri Christopherson, then pursued her down the road to the finish. Though I was caning it hard in the attempt to stay under time, I was surprised to catch up only very gradually, and we finished almost neck and neck. Her kick was impressive.
Overall, the first two controls took me 17:49, while the final 22 averaged ~3:18 per control. 90min time limit / 30 controls = 3min per, so even discounting my first/worst two legs I wasn't hitting the course-clearing pace. However, most of what I skipped were more like 2min than 3min legs, so it's possible someone of my ability could have gotten within 3-5min if they wasted litte or no time on planning or nav errors.
Interestingly, if we throw out the Bonesaw's first control (to discount planning time) and my first two controls (to discount Lewis & Clark Mode time), he and I averaged mighty close to the same speed while going opposite directions:
Bone 121:50 / 25 = 3.273 / ~3:16.4 / control
Enger 112:29 / 22 = 3.295 / ~3:17.7 / control