Orienteering race 27:52 *** 5.03 km (5:32 / km) +103m 5:01 / km
ahr:164 max:174 spiked:12/16c shoes: VJ Irocs
And so to the fun chasing sprint third race at Pollok Park. 4.3km + 65m. I'd worked on the ankle and decided to go out, as the pressure was off with Roger, Patrick and Martin way out of sight in the top 3 places. Still, I had Steve W 50s ahead, then John McKendrick, then me, with Pat 15s behind me and Al a further minute back, so there was entertainment to be had!
Thought I'd had a decent start but Pat belted it and beat me to #2 with a better route choice. I got ahead at #3 then mislead him at #4, losing 30-40s; unbeknownst to me, Al then almost caught us at this point, as he'd really hammered off the start. I got a slight gap by #7 as I saw John ahead, and then we both caught and passed Steve just after #10. Pat took a bad route choice out of #8 and Al's madcap start caught up on him, and they dropped off the back. Then it was John and I nip and tuck, with a couple of decent route choices here and there, although Steve was only 10s down. My R hamstring started to tighten at this point - the inevitable referred LBP after the hard surfaces and hard pace, so I was hanging on. John and I fluffed the RC to #15, and Steve pretty much caught us up again. But it was hard all the way home, and although I couldn't stretch out to match John when he dug in on the long run to the finish, I was able to do enough to hold off Steve, and finished 5th overall.
Ace fun, as always, although I'll regret it tomorrow! TRIMP 86.4.