Ok, so all I had to do on the marathon is not make any mistakes. and I would have first place.
I couldn't have gotten more screwed up if I had tried!
Since, in training level, time, in individual hazards, is not counted as penalties. all I had to do was just go through all the gates in the right order, with the red on the right, and finish under the overall time allowed.
We are timed as we go through the hazards, but the time is not turned into penalties. This keeps training level from taking chances and going faster than they are ready.
Easy as pie.
Training level teams were to do hazard #1, #2, #3, skip #4, Do #5 and #6, then skip #7.
Everything was going great, so, we are coming into hazard #6, we call out our competitor number as we get close to the hazard.... BUT.... no one is there taking time??????
Major problem. I enter the "in" gate of the hazard 6 and see that all The timers are getting into the gators and heading up the hill. So i immediately make a hard right and leave the hazard, saying, "What the heck?".
We continue on asking what just happened, My navigator was just as confused as I was. We started second guessing everything, wondering if we were even still on course. We started getting close to hazard #7, and the timers looked as if they were going to time us. BUT on the entery gate it clearly had a red triangle, (intermediate), and a green Triangle, (preliminary) but no white triangle, (training).
So we passed it on by.
We get the the finish, within the window of time allowed. The judge was there asking which hazards we went through, and how many we went through. I knew this was going to be bad!