Orienteering race 52:57  4.2 km (12:36 / km)
shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 280
State Long Champs at Marginata, gps 5.09km. Well the 65's (one of them anyway - RC) won this, but the next one was 10 mins back, behind the first W55. Also I was racing the M65 winner for the last 6 controls (we were alternating fastest splits for 5 of them) so that could have helped him gain his 30sec margin over the top M70.
Fastest to 1 by a good margin, but then lost 2 mins at 2, going too high and getting stuck in unmapped green, then the best part of another minute - having seen the green higher up, I decided to contour around instead of straight over the hill, but then got caught again in green with low visibility West of no. 3. Gained a minute or more back on the contenders to 4, and had a good run to just before 5, but then lost at least 3 mins (it felt like it could have been longer) going past the control higher up, then going down too far and having to climb back up through green (this map needs a burn or a veg. re-map).
6 was a shortish leg that looked tricky and I was careful for the first half of the leg, but the second 150m was vague and I veered to the right a bit then hunted. Had I stopped and picked a feature at half-way then made a more careful approach, the control would have been visible. Lost 4 mins hunting around on the wrong vague spur.
Puffed up the steep hill to 7 on the ridge, where RC caught me, then it was on. I should have stayed ahead of him at 10, but went a little bit left, caught him again at 11, gained a vital 30secs at 12 when he looked on the wrong set of rocks, but promptly gave it back by not taking a good bearing to the last and running way wide downhill.
Surprised to be only 5 mins down when I'd lost over 10 mins on bad mistakes at 2, 3, 5 and 6. It seems that even though very unfit I still have some speed. Now to try and fix those careless navigation lapses that keep happening.