Nice, a good long! Finished 30s ahead of Sam, who might of made a few more mistakes, and then Jenny A. came in 3rd, a few minutes behind that. I actually had a really clean run, maybe not optimal route choice on the 2nd long leg, but other than that and a mistake at 8, just kept flowing through.
Beginning was most timid, did not feel into the map at all until maybe 5 or 6... I didn't cut the corner to 1, didn't choose the right side of the hill for a good approach to 2 or 3, and was a bit confused and had to come to a full-stop-and-map-stare to 4. Saw the other Alison C. there, which made me focus, actually, went the right side of the cliff to 5, then knew I wanted to just take the trail to 6, planned most of the way to 7 (long leg) then.
Did the pretty-standard route (from comparing to others) to 7, which I think is pretty fast, big trail, bit cross-country, big trail, 2nd bend go down stream, then kinda in. Didn't quite add up everything in the circle immediately how I wanted it to be, but continued on and was not far off.
8- actually the worst control of the race, even though I wasn't much punished for it, bit lucky as Cristina made some noise up above drawing attention to the fact that I was too low... went trail to trail to linear marsh, all as planned, then instead of trying to work around the big soupy-looking marsh, headed up hill on the stone wall, which was a niceish place to cross... then down, thought I was heading a long a flat area, but got all the way down to the stream, must have gone down to the reentrant.
9, 10, 11- chase down Cristina, ran togetherish a bit to 9, then through the spectator, and up up up to 11, realised I was starting to tire...
12- 2nd long leg, went with most left route choice and executed well, although maybe not fastest option, more straight instead? came up from the bottom, which was tough climb, but nice to see control up there ahead of you, was coming into it with Wyatt and Sergey
14-15 used little trails, was finding them more helpful than expected!
16- smidge of big trail, cross-country, then on the little trail with the stream until it diverged from stream was a bit nervous about locating cliff, but made sure I came off stream at a specific cliff + boulder
17- fell hard on the way into it right after road, ouf!
Really quite happy with the smoothness of today's race, timid start could have been worse (like if I ran off and made a big mistake) and 8 really was a bit lucky, could have lost more time, should have processesed both terrain and done a compass check there (think trees down may have distracted a bit). Might also need to spend a bit more time evaluating route choices, like for 12...