Orienteering race 1:28:55  *** 7.4 km (12:01 / km) +285m 10:05 / km
Red course at Day 2 of the Western States Champs on the Superfly Marsh map. Got off to a good start, slow but solid for the first 3 controls. Really struggled on 4 and 5 - big mistakes. Then leaving C7, I put my hand down on a cactus and got over 30 needles of various lengths and diameters embedded in my hand - some were easy to pull out, others are still in there nearly 4 hours later. Did a little better in the next section, but did a face plant leaving C11 and that caused me to lose focus and run too far to C12. C14 was bad news, I spent a lot of time stopped, looking at the map, and still managed to miss big, but didn't think I had, since I found a control on my line that was on the correct feature, but I was off by probably 150m east. Then I promptly overran C15. C16 was looking good, but I got distracted by a control at the top of a reentrant, way to my left - foolishly, I went and checked it, so the older woman that I had caught before C10 (and fell behind before C14, and passed again), beat me to the punch. I did manage to pass her again, and caught Cristina (again) at C17.
Zach put in a solid peformance on White, although Ethan Childs beat him by about 8 minutes. He only made 1 big error - going too far off a trail to get to boulders that were only halfway to his control, and were about 3 times the correct distance off trail - that is where Ethan went by him (had started 4 minutes after Zach).
Nate ran fairly well - finished 2.5 minutes behind a 79-point Orange runner. He may have those minutes in him later on Thursday, when he runs Orange again.
Running warm up/down 25:00 
About 5 minutes with Nate/Zach, then 12 on my own and 8 warm-down.