JWOC trial / AOS 3 - Rototoa - 10.2Km 350m (boys course)
Toughest course I've done for a while, so set off at a gentle pace and never really managed to speed up (though still had enough energy at the end). Warming up, the ankle felt awkward but I didn't notice it too much while running, though I was being fairly careful.
Technically poor to start with. Slightly beyond 1 (15s), though in control. Lost 30s on 2 as it was hidden in some thick vegetation. 1.5 mins at 3 where the terrain was more vague than expected and I didn't have a good enough plan. Then 3.25 mins at 4. Just missed the control and then struggled to relocate. Think these problems were largely related to running on a 1:15000 map for the first time in ages - not easy to read areas of intense detail in sand dunes.
From 4 onwards, much better. A few minor time losses, but the only significant one was 1.45 mins at 14 where I went straight to the right place but couldn't see on the map that the control was at the end of an almost invisible gully coming off the main gully. Can see it now at home, but only using a combination of glasses and a magnifying glass!
Rather surprised to be only 11 mins down on the JWOC trial winner as I never made any attempt to race (as well as the dodgy ankle it was warm - 25C - and humid) and lost quite a bit of time at the start. Gene ran a rather better time though ...http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/d...http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/d...