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  Orienteering4 4:23:41 11.48(22:59) 18.47(14:17)
  Total4 4:23:41 11.48(22:59) 18.47(14:17)
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Saturday Apr 29 #

Orienteering race 1:24:17 [4] 5.4 km (15:36 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 190

WMOC Long Final, 39th of 81 - about what I expected after the rain came in and had to leave glasses behind. GPS 7.92km indicates another large amount of HC running.

Steady to 6, and was happy with how I was going, but a long leg into very vague contours from 6-7 saw me drop concentration and 11 minutes. Quite a few others had blowouts here, including some of the favourites. Eventually relocated 500m from the control. 7-8 was still in the vague area and lost another 8 mins - kept coming across mob tracks of which only one was mapped. 7 and 8 were both form-line gullies; contour interval was 2.5 so these were pretty shallow.

Gradually recovered and picked up places despite a few more errors of 1-2 mins. Found the mapping a little bit questionable, e.g. in some areas a brown dot was 10m high, while in others they were barely 1m high, and many contour knolls were barely 1.5m high. Often there was a line of 3-4 brown dots, but on the ground was a ridge with 7-8 high points. Some of the contour depressions were difficult to work out.

Challenging event - well done to the winners! A few surprises amongst the medallists today.

Thursday Apr 27 #

Orienteering race 1:22:48 [4] 3.7 km (22:23 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 190

WMOC Long Qualification 2. Just never got into the map, orienteered hopelessly throughout and didn't feel like I had a clean leg at all. Three legs were absolute disasters; 20, 10 and 18 minutes. Surprisingly I won two legs, have no idea how, but it may explain how I made the A final with everybody else almost as bad as me.

GPS 7.04kms on a 3.7km course explains how much headless chook running I did, although on the 18 minute leg (7-8) most of the time was spent standing still trying to identify where I was.

Mostly have no idea where I went until RG goes up and I can see what happened.

Wednesday Apr 26 #

Orienteering race 42:34 [4] 4.2 km (10:08 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 190

WMOC Long Qualification 1- 3rd place in my group, despite making errors at 3 controls, including 1 and 2. 10 mins behind winner Ross B. GPS was 5.08, but only went wide on one leg (3-4). Can't get map until tomorrow, and no splits up yet, but I did discover that of the 3 M70 groups, two including mine had exactly the same course and only one guy in the other group beat my time.

Tuesday Apr 25 #

Orienteering 54:02 [3] 5.17 km (10:27 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 190

WMOC Forest Model, time does not include standing around at controls.

Visited all but 3 controls, had difficulty recognising some of the tracks which were older and covered in pine needles, but the smaller and more indistinct recent tracks were easier to see. Learned that any shade of green should be avoided, as event the clearings and white areas shown in the green appeared to be full of brushings.

Realised afterwards that I'd used the 1:10000 side of the map instead of the 1:7500 side - doh!

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