Stars - Closing Thomass Race
Hadn't planned on attending originally, but was a great opportunity to see lots of people and run on a map. I do miss the fun of these training sessions! So with the nursery more or less in an acceptable state I headed down the 401 to tackle Mick's course. Great course and congrats to him for a great use of such a small area. I never realized I was smack dab in the middle of such an industrial area and even on more than one occasion I didn't realize I'd already traversed the section of map I was on, not 10min earlier.
Didn't retrieve a copy of Map 1, so have dropped my route and recollection of control locations onto the second map:
Pretty clean run, altough dropped 15-20sec to the Duke and NP by the time we hit the map exchange, thanks to
- some slighly tougher lines through the dense stuff when running parallel
- loosing focus and subsequently a trail turn enroute to the NE control when trying to jam my hat down my tights; which had already been ripped from my head twice
- a couple of slight hesitations enroute to #2 (confused as to where along trail I was) and also on exit strategy out of J (I think)
...and Map 2:
Assuming the Duke and NP were now unreachable pulled back a gear and focused on nav ...ha!
- pulled up short on 8, confused by the clearing and I guess the slow speed along the bottom of the map
- not aiming off enroute to D (classic FAIL)
- not looking at compass and turning right on wrong trail enroute to C thinking I'd finally escaped some nasty green stuff (FAIL)
- not paying attention at trail junction between C and B ...dove in and forced to cross dark green northwards to get on the right path
Once Hammer and I passed on trail to B I figured he strategically set it so that all he had was C and trail to finish ...with the long green battle out of A to the finish I knew he'd have me. However, I am a little suspect of his finishing time and think it is more likely 46min and not 41min ...hmmmm, conspiracy; although he'd still hold his second place ranking. Was equally surprised my crummy run held up for top zero handicapper, thank-you to all those who mp'd; know that your efforts have not gone unappreciated!
Note, no HR data thanks to strap falling to my stomach somewhere in the first box.