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  Run6 3:37:45 18.95(11:29) 30.5(7:08) 40065 /74c87%
  Total6 3:37:45 18.95(11:29) 30.5(7:08) 40065 /74c87%
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Wednesday Apr 26 #

12 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:09:54 [4] *** 7.8 km (8:58 / km) +225m 7:50 / km
spiked:13/18c

WMOC first long qualifier at Woodhill. A couple of annoying mistakes late and lacking in pace, but 19th, 8 minutes inside the cut line (32nd), which should be more than enough barring disaster tomorrow. (Disaster in second WMOC long qualifiers has been known to happen).

2 was a long leg out to the coastal strip and I initially set off up the wrong track through the green (the real one being almost invisible) but picked it up fairly soon. Lacked confidence on the coastal strip - although we only had one control in the yellow, the scars of Wellington last year are still there - and was picked up by Rolf (1 minute) and Jon (2 minutes) by 3. Ran the next section pretty well and slipped back through those two when they missed 7 a little (Jon subsequently got through me on the long leg at 9, Rolf didn't). The last third was in the more standard pines - missed what should have been the easy 10 a little high (20 seconds or so), then had annoying 1-minuters at 14 and 16, not seeing the latter in the pampas grass despite going very close to it. Found something for the chute to get under 70. Carsten won in 54 (and I don't think Sticks, who had a good run, has claimed my scalp too many times before).

I wasn't amongst those called up for a drug test. One wonders if the way this works is that if you're old enough (say, over 70) and you don't test positive to anything, you're under suspicion for fibbing about your age.

Tuesday Apr 25 #

2 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 29:00 [3] *** 3.0 km (9:40 / km) +80m 8:32 / km
spiked:9/11c

WMOC model event - a chance to explore the flatter bits of Woodhill and get a feel for some of the key aspects. Most of my NZ sanddune experience has been in Wellington, so the macrocarpa strip along the coast was different to what I expected - high trees with excellent visibility (definitely unlike Wellington). Another thing which is a bit different is that in Wellington the flat areas are very flat and their boundaries are often useful features, but at Woodhill the detail is more evenly spread - potentially unforgiving if you come unstuck.

Felt sluggish running, but that's often the way for a model event. Stopped off at Muriwai Beach on the way; a substantial proportion of Auckland's population was also there, it being a sunny public holiday.

Monday Apr 24 #

2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 19:35 [4] *** 3.2 km (6:07 / km) +45m 5:43 / km
spiked:21/23c

WMOC sprint final. More of a running race than yesterday - particularly the park bits in the first few controls, but even the campus bits weren't as challenging as yesterday - certainly nothing remotely resembling a 'you can't there from here' leg today, and legs which I expected to have traps (e.g. the northwest approach to 11) didn't.

That didn't suit me as much as the second half of yesterday did, and I don't think I was running quite as well as yesterday either. Not quite precise on the early legs, and a couple of non-optimal routes (8 and 18) which perhaps cost me 5-10 seconds apiece, but fundamentally I wasn't competitive on speed. That was apparent early on, with Francois Leonard catching me at 9; we were around each other at various times through the rest of the course as he started making mistakes.

Ended up 25th, only beating three people apart from the mispunches, which is about the level this run was at.

I might not have had the greatest of days but many of my compatriots did (starting with Grant, who won our class). There were no fewer than 12 Australian gold medals out of a possible 23; no other country won more than two.

Sunday Apr 23 #

1 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 19:16 [4] *** 3.2 km (6:01 / km) +50m 5:35 / km
spiked:22/22c

A couple of times in the last week I've been thinking that in my current form I was probably 1-2 minutes away from the qualifying cutoff in the World Masters sprint. That much was true, but what I wasn't expecting was that that was going to be 1-2 minutes (1.44 to be precise) on the right side of the cutoff - as it turned out, the first time I've qualified comfortably since 2011 (after scraping through with 10-15 seconds to spare in 2012, 2014 and 2015).

This was certainly a better run than either of my previous sprints on this trip. I feel as if my running has started to turn a bit of a corner in the last few days, and found the right pace for my current fitness level early on. The other aspect was to make sure I minimised my time loss, on a course which became very technical in the second half with many route-choice traps, and that mission was accomplished, with the only time losses being a few seconds where I wasn't absolutely sure a gap was legal and took the conservative option. Lots of runners around, and tried not to be too distracted by people on other courses, especially flying Kiwis (Alistair Cory-Wright in M50 went past me a few times); never saw anyone in my own class.

As an early starter, the next step was to see whether the run would be enough; it always looked like it would probably fall on the right side, but it took until the last quarter of the start list to be sure. Watching a marginal qualification situation involves looking at the number of remaining starters, knowing how many of them you need to beat and ticking off likely candidates; I wouldn't have put Carsten in that list, but he picked up the wrong map at the start and lost 3 minutes going back for the right one, finishing 10 seconds or so behind me. He'll set an early benchmark tomorrow.

The technical second half of the course definitely suited me more than the running race in Rotorua; I was 37th at control 13 (32nd is the cutoff), but 9th over the remainder of the course. Now to see what tomorrow brings. Having not expected to qualify I didn't bring any real expectations, but now that I have qualified, beating my qualifying result (20th) is the target.

Lots of good Australian results today, particularly but not only from the younger classes, and I think we can reasonably expect at least three or four gold medals tomorrow.

Saturday Apr 22 #

7 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:43 / km)

Stayed at Mount Maunganui last night, a place I had previously associated principally with 1 January news stories which begin "(insert large number here) people were arrested...". There was rather less debauchery (or evidence of recent debauchery) on display on an early morning in April, just a long beach to the Mount - the driftwood always makes NZ beaches, even in developed resorts like this - seem wilder than ours.

Headed up with Jenny to the base of the Mount; the track around the base is still closed due to landslides and neither of us fancied taking on the summit (the summit track was busy with walkers in any case), so we came back on the port side. Felt quite lively at times this morning - certainly more so than yesterday - which is a positive sign for tomorrow.

Headed up to Auckland during the rest of the day, as we did a passenger swap - I was rejoining my family, whilst Bruce was seeing the rest of his off at the airport. This transaction involved my getting the train up from the outer southern suburbs to where my parents are staying; the Auckland suburban rail system has certainly had a fair bit of work done on it (especially its stations) since I was last in these parts in 2005. Knowing the demographics of that part of town, it certainly didn't surprise me that there was only one other pakeha on the platform. (Apparently one of the challenges for Auckland public transport has been to convince whites that the trains aren't just for Maori and Pacific Islanders, a legacy of the fact that most of the main lines serve the heavily Maori/Islander southern suburbs).

Friday Apr 21 #

8 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.3 km (6:21 / km)

Back into the redwoods with Jenny and Zara. The plan was to try to get to the top of the hill but we didn't quite work out the trail network (at this point we were off the orienteering map) and ended up coming from 3/4 of the way up the hill back down to the bottom, at which point we decided a second attempt was unwarranted. Certainly a very nice forest to run in and we weren't the only people doing it by any means. Strangely, I was struggling on the gentle climbs but handling the steeper ones (including stairs) much better.

I'd begun to suspect that my Garmin's distance measurement was beginning to behave somewhat erratically, and the fact that my distance was 500 metres shorter than Zara's tends to confirm that (the redwoods probably aren't hugely conducive to satellite detection either).

Spent the rest of the day making our way slowly to Mount Maunganui via various Rotorua attractions (although only once, at the gondola/luge place, did we partake in the numerous local opportunities to spend copious quantities of money).

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