Another Turkey Trot, another day of sore legs afterwards... quads = ouchie!
Anyways, important morning task was Christmas tree-hunting with the fam. Gorgeous day for it! Here's the haul-out of our chosen tree:
Afterwards, Ian and I headed to Harriman and re-ran a loop of the 2009 Highlander (controls 7-19). I wasn't sprightly, due to sore legs, but the woods were amazing as usual, and very, very open at this time of year.
8 - Over the top, I used the flat zone before the control to lead me in.
9 - Hesitant along the slope, spent too much time trying to pick indiv boulders, should have just blasted using staying flat on slope + bearing to hill.
10 - Ug. I think I messed this up in real race and again today. I came off trail at the bend, then didn't have a fantastic plan, just thought I'd be able to ID features and close in. But that was hard! Not totally sure why, hard to figure out which nose is which? I remember trying to figure out if one was big enough to get a little hill contour, if it was rocky enough. Probably 4 min of dawdling?
11 - Went lower route at the end, and was hesitant about where to come up, surprised when Ian cruised in from high to punch at about the same time.
12 - Let Ian go ahead, I wasn't in a state to race and didn't want to push myself into doing so. Southish to marsh, then up to zone of little knolls.
13 - 14 - Straight, pretty easy.
15 - I went around left, trying to avoid green and veg. Worked well.
16 - Found an ok route for the long leg, hard to find the right boulder at the end!
17 - Ended up lower than I had planned, relocated off a distinct nose. Should have realized earlier that I was low.
18 - A bit hesitant. I saw the contours showing a distinct platform-y nose, I should have run with more confidence towards. Also the bigger-scale swoop of the contours could have given me more confidence.
Good to get out training in a rocky area again, gotta keep these skills! But I like the idea of using the contours more, rock less, rock is hard to keep track of here!