orienteering 1:30:48  7.29 km (12:27 / km) +200m 10:57 / km
Beyond Rocklea - Belanglo
Interesting course-setting. A pretty small section of the map was used, with a number of loops for the long course to get in the desired distance. I imagine the long course visited almost all of the bush controls and other courses were just subsets of this course. It must save on time for setting out and bringing in the controls.
The area is slow, even the white bits; there are some new termite mounds and the tracks aren't entirely reliable. But there is a lot of sandstone, and that always makes for an interesting technical challenge. Ididn't help myself by not having enough breakfast, and ended up feeling a bit faint over the middle third of the course.
Messed up 5, which was a bingo control - 300 metre bearing to hit a termite mound in low visibility scrub. Overshot and bounced back fairly quickly from the track behind it.
A bad route choice to go straight to 8 (down and up, across a deep gully, with scrambling down and up rockfaces) but looking at the likely speed if I had gone around, it probably only cost me about a minute. And it did feel like an adventure trying to get down the cliffs.
Messed up 14, no doubt about it. Got too low, onto the wrong bit of rock and messed around trying to figure out where I was. Cost me 5 minutes.
Overall, 2 minutes per kilometre slower than I was last year on the same map, partly due to errors, partly due to the fact more of this course was in crappy undergrowth.
Caryn and Elodie came with me, and afterwards we went to a cafe at Exeter, and then a scupture exhibition at Sutton Woods. Great day!