orienteering 3:54:11  14.2 km (16:30 / km)
Billygoat: First time I've attended a Billygoat and I had a great time. I was fairly certain that finishing in 3.5 hours was going to take a perfect race but I was looking forward to giving it my best shot. The morning drive up was long but easy so can't really blame that. The rain was annoying but it was never pouring so I can't blame that either. The map was hard to read at times but I made a poor decision to not take the magnifier thinking the rain would make it useless but I think it would have been helpful for me to see the trails in many cases so that was my own fault. And I let some folks talk me out of a few routes where my instincts were correct but again, my own fault for not just plowing ahead the way I wanted to go.
Was pleased that I didn't really get too tired although it was getting really hard to concentrate near the end. A handful of small errors - coming down the wrong side of a cliff and having to get to the other side of a small swamp, getting stuck up on top of a cliff instead of dropping low at the right time, drifting too far to the right and down and having to climb back up, etc. - but only once did I screw up enough to not be sure where I was and had to resort to just following a compass direction until I recognized something (which turned out to be a control).
Anyway, would have had to eliminate every last little error/hesitation/fumbling to make the 3.5 hour cut-off and even then not sure if it was possible.
It was an excellent course and the navigating was fun and challenging and very glad I decided to sign on to do this.