The Champs, Day 2
. Another clean run
. What I had feared, happened: I ran out of energy around #10
, undoubtedly due to low base training. Was continuously cramped after that; figured an about a minute loss for that on #11, 12, 13 each. Felt quite upset that I had to read the map on those legs, instead of focusing on proper leg turnover, center-of-mass flow, and the breathing pattern.
I did get a hope of help when I came upon Patrick Shannon at #3. He was considerably faster on the uphills than me, but insisted on taking different routes. I was hoping that he would pace me until the end of the race. I kept him in sight until #8 where I drank and he didn't. I couldn't catch up after that and lost sight of him (and J-J). If he just stayed with me, I may have endured satisfactorily through #11–#13. Still, 3 minutes would not have been enough to beat Vytenis who placed 5th.
The Champs, as a whole, worked great for me because the courses only demanded about (subjectively estimated) 90% coarse nav (which I do well, with the technique of minimum map contact) and 10% fine nav, and no route choice whatsoever (at which I suck). I think these were the best Classic Champs for me, both in terms of % behind the winner and overall place, since the 1993 M20 in Harriman (3rd overall after Farquhar and James).