Originally Posted by eventerke
Yikes! Glad you have a good sense of humor about it
One thing to remember for next time - reduce the course to as few cones as possible - 75% or more of the cones are just noise, and you shouldn't be looking or thinking about them.
Perfect example of something that used to fog my mind - looking down a course you see a whole sequence of offset gates that blurs into a 'sea of cones'. What it really is is just an offset slalom - concentrate only on the cones that define the line. For me, I walk once or twice until I have the line down, then as I walk one more time, I stop and close my eyes for a sec and take a mental picture of the key cones being twice as bright, and all the other cones dimmed down to grey.
Good luck and have fun!
Welcome to AX...
Don't think that you are alone in the nightmare.
To the point above, a LOT of success can be derived from segmenting the course.
Personally, I like to do it in 1/3 increments. You finish the first 30% and you start fresh. Connecting the dots is key.