Orienteering race 40:53  7.88 km (5:11 / km) +185m 4:39 / km
shoes: vj bolds July18
JK Middle, Windmill Hill
Went into this expecting reasonably good things - I've been running quite well recently, and had a good performance at BUCS, so fairly confident of some decent results. Sadly it wasn't to be, and this was a bit of a disaster. Told myself I wanted to just forget it, which means I should probably actually analyse what happened:
Started off reasonably to 1, then had a big miss in the circle on 2. Some hesitations in the circle on 3 and 7, then a bit of a direction issue exiting 8. Going ok into the circle for 12, but misread the map - description said 'gully', and I read a hooked bit of gully as a small depression, so when I arrived in the circle it didn't fit with my mental picture and I got confused. Dropped at least a minute relocating off various things before finding it, and didn't realise what I'd done wrong until the very end.
13-15 fine, then another issue with direction for the last part of 16 sent me through some nasty nettles which I expect there was an elephant track through if I'd followed the right line. Picked a route to 17, then decided to change it halfway along, then ended up way too far left after having dropped a lot more height than necessary. Got caught by Ali at 18 and just stuck with him until the end.
Really struggling to run in the heat, and the terrain didn't seem too difficult so I think I tried to go faster than I could.