US Classic Championships -- Day 1 at Badger Gulch (Lake George, CO)
I started off with a "bang" by blowing it on #1. I actually saw the control flag from a distance, but I thought it looked like it was in reentrant rather than on a knoll, so I wandered off in a different direction. (And, actually, it was on a knoll in a reentrant, so I should have been reading the map more closely.) Sigh...
Things improved after that, and I probably benefited at times from seeing other people running in and out of controls.
I zig-zagged into #8, and then -- DOH!!! -- I set my compass backwards when heading off to #9 and I ran full-speed in the wrong direction until I hit a road. The infamous 180-degree error... I've done that exactly two other times in the past 14 years.
The rest of controls went OK, but I had already wasted plenty of time at #1 and #9 (~11 minutes total). Also, I was moving pretty slowly on the steep stuff, which there seemed to be a lot of. I never felt like I was 100% in contact with the map or fully confident of where I was.
But overall, it was lots of fun.