Team Trails middle distance. This started out ok. I took careful routes to 1, 2 and 3. Unfortunately, rolled my ankle slightly on the way to #1. Although only slightly it hurt a great deal and then was bothering me the rest of the way.
I arrived right at 3 and thought the control was on the boulder right in the center of the circle. Looked at the boulder and didn't see a control. Ran to the other boulder closer to the trail. Still no control. Then I realized it was on a thicket. Ran back down the reentrant and looked around. Still no control and I could see all the green in the reentrant. I knew I was in the right reentrant but just couldn't pinpoint the actual control. About a minute and 30 seconds later I finally see the flag, which was next to me the entire time. The same thing happened to me on 4 and I was getting frustrated. I spiked 5 and started up the reentrant toward 6. Hit the smaller swamp which I didn't see on the map and just assumed it was the larger one, as there was no other one on the map. Spent a long time trying to get it to match up and lost another 5 minutes. Saw Pavlina go by but wasn't even sure which control she was running to. Finally saw the tiny swamp on the map and it all made sense.
7 was fine and then I almost missed 8, but saw Pavlina climbing up the hill to 9 and so realized I had gone too far and cut back, losing another 20-30 seconds. Spiked 9, and then over ran 10. Looked behind the correct boulder as I ran by but didn't see the flag and so kept on going. Hit the stream, debated about what went wrong and finally turned and ran back and saw the flag sitting right there. Another 45 seconds lost. After that it went fine, with a minor confusion on the way to 16..... of course now I know that was due to the fact that I skipped 15. I punched 14 and immediately put myself at 15. It took longer to run to the powerlines than I thought it would and that confused me, but I just thought I was off somehow. Spiked 16 and caught back up to Pavlina. Ran to the wrong boulder (too far left) on 18, losing another 20 seconds.
Overall, that's an easy 8 minutes of errors. Plus the whole skipping a control thing. And tweaking my ankle. Just wasn't my day.
Finished and was annoyed as I knew it was a bad race and I had rolled my ankle on the way to 1, making it very unhappy. Arrived at the download to find out that I also skipped 15. I suppose the day to skip a control is the day the rest of the race goes poorly as well. Wouldn't want to skip a control on a day that actually went well. I got all the bad things out of the way all in one race.
2.7 miles total