US Classic Champs, MCB Quantico, Blue-M21, Day 1
I came into this weekend of races feeling like I had worked hard over the last several months to get back into some semblance of shape and be competitive for the medals in M21. The week leading up to the Classic Champs, however, featured very little sleep, culminating with Inara spending a couple of hours throwing up in the middle of the night on Friday, portending the Things to Come.
As a result, Alli and Inara stayed home, and I made the drive down to race and then head straight back to the family. I tried to get focused for the race and had a pretty good warmup, but could tell pretty early on that I didn't have everything clicking today.
Despite the fast, open terrain, I was drifting on my bearings quite a bit, never had a good flow, and had to remind myself to run faster a number of times. According to winsplits, I had about 2 minutes of mistakes across 7 controls, in addition to the 3-minute meltdown on 14. On that leg, I attacked from a dot knoll, crossed some fallen trees, didn't see the flag, made a huge loop only to come back to the same spot as before but see the flag this time. Grrr.
I was not satisfied with my performance and was impressed with the runs by Will and Sergei, who put large gaps on me after Day 1. However, I felt some optimism, as I was confident in my fitness for a two-day event and was excited for some tricky course setting from Riley.