orienteering 1:50:00  *** 9.5 km (11:35 / km) +270m 10:08 / km
Swiss National Race, Petit Risoux, other side of Lac de Joux.
Hammocked overnight, better sleep than any other night this week I reckon, despite the subzero temperatures. Good stars.
Nearly warmed up before taking the bus to the pre-start, where it began to rain. Sheltered in a cold tent until a few minutes before my start, leaving it a bit tight because, as some Ticinese said, it was at the limit of fun, and I was feeling a bit vulnerable to sickness. Then the start was further than I thought, so I missed mine and started 5+minutes late. Oops. Anyway, wasn't exactly planning on being competitive, nor even especially on finishing.
The woods were full of brashings which was somewhat shit. And the wet trees meant I was cold and cold the whole time. I unwisely didn't wear a thermal, just normal otop and buff. The buff did wonders. And yet, I was not miserable. I thought I would quit at 11 or 12 and jog back to the finish, but I couldn't persuade myself it wasn't fun. So I embarked on the looong leg with a smile and pondered life. 13-16 were fun, though I didn't understand something in the map near 16. There was a control in a pit/depression I couldn't identify, maybe it was under the circle.
Another wee mistake on the second last, plus a couple of early ones, but not too bad overall.
There must be a shortage of pleasant woods in Switzerland.
Drove straight home with heating on almost full and heated seats the whole way, not something I can usually stand. Then bed :)