West Point A meet
11.0 km, 360m
Humbled by West Point again. This was my worst race so far this year, but at the same time I still think it shows dramatic improvement over last year, especially in my tenacity in the face of adversity. I considered giving up when I was 1.5 hrs in and had only found 5 flags, but if I had I would have given in like I did last year. This time I pulled it together and put together a slightly better second half. Still lots of errors. It took me a long time to really get into the 1:15k map, and even then it wasn't 100% making sense to me. I find this terrain extremely difficult navigation, and also difficult physically due to not only hills, but varying degrees of rocky ground and scrub brush that just make it impossible to move quickly for us mere mortals.
1 - huge error. I drifted down the hill and took a long time to relocate. In hindsight, i should have backtracked through the call up and attacked from below from the road. I may have gotten strange looks but it would have been much safer, if a bit more climb.
2 - First monster leg of 3. I tried to book it to the vegetation boundary line, but I never saw it and must have passed through it. Took some time to relocate, but eventually did at the base of the bare rock faces.
4 - Took the S route around the lake and just took it slow once I left the trail because it looked tricky.
5 - 2nd monster leg. I decided to climb turkey mountain and attack from above. I executed it well, but it felt so slow climbing all that way. I was helped by an indistinct trail along the ridge. Attacking from the fields was actually surprisingly easy. I think the faster choice would have been the lakeside to the trail and attack from below. But instead I probably get the distinction of being the only one to summit Turkey Mountain today. EDIT: I was not the only one, and I even beat some people that took the other route.
6 - Thought i picked up the trail, but it turned out to be an indistinct ride. Then thought I took a bearing off of the X on the line, but it turned out it was the helicopter farther N. The hill started to drop off, which didnt look right, and when I turned around I found myself at 7.
9- Climbed too high and had to come back down.
10 - third monster leg. I took the road around, i needed a mental break. I did loop along Weyants Pond to the W on the road, when in hindsight there is a trail around on the W that would have cut the distance quite a bit.
12 - I went through the dark green between the ponds, and then slightly ovrershot it.
15 - got distracted by a flag that wasnt mine. Really tired at this point (only had 1 gu with me, ate after 10), but was also trying really hard to make it back by 3 hours. Didnt quite make it.