GPS = 11.37 miles and 470 climb
Map with tracks
Got out of bed at 5:30 AM. Found Sandy's scale and weighed in at a suspiciously low 169.6, but hey, it was fun to see a number below 170.
Handed the keys to Sandy and settled in for the ride to Huntington State Park, CT. It rained a good part of the way, and I was happy that I wasn't the one driving, not that I could/should have if I had wanted to. I think there were three stops, including the home store for some tent stakes and a hammer. This part of the trip was 170 miles in ~3:15.
Got there with time to spare. Immediately greeted by J-J with a big hug. Thanks, J-J! Yes, I too was glad I made it. Set up the red tent. Thank you PGoodwin, Marie, and Becks.
Down to the start in a light mist. Since it never really rained during the event, the weather conditions turned out to be perfect. Sunny and hot would have been really bad news.
So, as you probably know by now, we didn't make the 3:30 cutoff. Heidi ended up joining Sandy and me, and we kept moving at a good pace. A big pack for a number of controls, and then not many people. It wasn't until the butterfly loop that we realized that we had gotten ahead of so many people. It was very nice to see Lyn and Lou in the middle of the woods here as well.
Sandy powered up the hills, and I wasn't too far behind her for a change. I smacked my right knee/shin hard when I did a face plant coming out of #3, and this was quite painful the rest of the race.
And, though we probably could go under 3:30 on a redo (knowing the best routes, not making the little errors), I don't think we could have gone under 3:30 today. On my own, I estimate it would have taken me 5 hours, and I would have covered several more miles as I ran around in circles, which I was fit enough to do, if it came to that. :)
While, I wasn't the one navigating and only had to concentrate on keeping up, it turned out later that just keeping up and not always knowing where I was freaked me out a little and helped contribute to the somewhat botched leg.
After the race, I helped Joe with the results, though he was doing great on his own. Then we went to the DeWitts for shower, dinner, and an overnight stay. Good company, food, and conversation.
Thanks to Sandy for the very fine navigation. She's talking about doing another BG. I'll consider another one as well, in the right circumstances (no race timing the day before, for one).
Thanks to Joe, and the rest of WCOC, for a fine event.