Here is the Billygoat '08 map, and here are my routes.
Not much logging lately. Pulled a hamstring at the last race
and have been quite discouraged, but it is the Billygoat, so we
have to say something.
I had a decent race, 14th place. Hammy seemed to feel ok by
about #7 or so. Hate to know what it is going to feel like
Ran with the Saeger sisters about 70% of the race, and with
Joe B for alot of it also. Not typical for me as I am usually
alone in these things after a couple of controls. Running with
Joe was great as he had skipped early, so it was sort if like
a free ride that I didn't have to worry about that place.
I found the orienteering fairly easy, tho that did not stop
me from booming a couple of controls, parallel error on
#5 after coming thru some hideous unmapped laurel, and
blowing #16 high. Lot of that going around.
As for race tactics, there were 4-7 places waiting to be
had, sitting like ducks on a pond, but I let it slip away.
The first opportunity was the boom on #16, where the pack
ahead, including the Saegers, Ted Good, and several people
I didn't know boomed way high. Had Joe and I spiked, and
not boomed high, we would not of led the pack in when we
saw it. And then they were all faster.
The second, and more egregious mistake was not taking the
best skip. I decided that skipping #18 was the best
(and in post analysis, I still feel it is the best), but
the pack pressed on to it, and I, like a lemming, went
along. Had I gone with the courage of my convictions
and executed the skip cleanly, I would most likely have
captured all those places. As it stood, even tho I was
to #19 first or second by virtue of being clean and
not needing to follow, I was dusted on the ensuing trail
run back. Oh well. My bad. Somehow being in the safety
of the pack seemed better than going for it, but it was
stupid, as I was going to lose most of those places to
the pack anyway at the end, and I knew it.
Still, a very fine race organized by HVO.