Orienteering race (Sprint Race) 29:03  ** 5.38 km (5:24 / km)
spiked:8/16c slept:8.0 shoes: £20 Lightweight Running Shoes
SLOW evening race on Clapham Common in south London. The common is very flat and fast and I was expecting to not make mistakes. In the end, I messed up half the legs, which is appalling. I could have done so much better than I did. Still, this is I think the first competitive orienteering race where I've run under 6 mins/km. I certainly ran a lot further than the 5.38km course length too, so I will have gone under 5 min/km in terms of running speed. Nick B and Ed C substantially beat me, clocking around 21:30 and 22:30 respectively. Another six people beat me though, which wouldn't have happened if I had had a clean race. I estimate I could have finished this race in 26 minutes which would have been fourth. As it was I was 9th out of 31 runners.
The weather was hot and sunny - and the sun was in my eyes for quite a bit, obscuring my vision somewhat. The course was made more interesting by needing to run through a multitude of impromptu football and rugby games - the park was packed with people as it was a lovely summer's evening.
The mistakes were:
To 1: Went in the wrong direction, arced back. (10s)
To 3: Poor route choice, and poor attack. (15s)
To 4: Didn't read ahead, trying to avoid footballers. (25s)
To 5: Completely messed up this technical leg, ended up at 8. (45s)
To 6: Again went in the wrong direction, arced back. (15s)
To 8: Despite having been there already, still poor approach. (20s)
To 10: Overshot. (20s)
To 15: After the very long leg to 14, I was tired and misread the map - the map was "busy" with route lines here, so I headed off in the wrong direction. (40s)
I'll plot my route on RouteGadget shortly once the map's up on the SLOW RouteGadget site, so you'll be able to see all my mistakes in their glory. I'll also be able to work out my true running speed for this race - my pace certainly felt similar to that in the 5Ks I've been running recently.
I've done a bit too much Level 5 running this week, I need to do some longer, slower stuff... I'm probably running in another evening event at Hampstead Heath on Thursday evening. I'll take this one easier. My back seems to be getting better - just a dull pain now.