Bellevue State Park, Green X sprint. It was cold out in the morning but warmed up quickly once the sun cleared the trees. I wore a long sleeve shirt but would have been fine with a short sleeve. My shoulder/back muscles still bothering me but it didn't interfere while running which was good.
Start- 1: I spent so much time warming up that I neglected to pay attention to where we are in the park. I had trouble finding the start trouble and was heading off in general direction everyone else was going which was the off 30 degrees. Once I correct I was fine.
1-2: Went right around the tennis courts. no problems
2-3: Straight. no problems
3-4: narrowly avoided colliding with a Blue runner as we both barreled around the corner of the building. I went left around the buildind and got a little off entering the woods. It was stony there Hit trail by #5 and had to come back to the control.
4-5: Once I got the trail I could see the control. I should have looked up sooner.
5-6: Went left of line to get the field quickly. Control description seemed off. It was listed as canopy but I don't think there was one. fortunately I could see it up the steps so didn't lose any time.
6-7: There was a stone wall that is very hard to see on the map. I should have gone right around it but went left by the larger stone wall. As I was leaving it Clint Morse comes running towards me trying to get a picture. He was in my way and totally distracted me. I lost my place on the map and then floundered. Instead of going to the control I ended up at control 8. Quickly realized what I had done and ram back (but didn't take a good route).
7-8: went back the way I cam which wasn't the best route.
8-9: Straight to edge of parking lot into field, down small trail. Several people coming out as I was going it.no
9-10: I should have gone straight but I let the vegetation push me right and had to cut back to it.
10-11: Straight (left side of building. no problems.
11-12: Clint distracted me again by running towards me. This time I told him no pictures (I don't mind the picture but I don't want people running towards me as it is one more thing I have avoid in covid times. After that some group had set up all these tables right in the optimum path. I ended going way left to avoid them all.
12-13: Straight. No problems.
13-14: I went right around lake. in hindsight, left was faster. The final approach to the bird feeder was through bushy high grass which was difficult to run through.
except for the distractions I had a good run. Not the fastest but about as good as I was going to get. The distractions ended up costing me 2nd place.