Cycling 1:35:20  34.6 km (21.8 kph) +270m
ahr:168 max:192 shoes: Shimano Road Shoes
Home - Beaudesert. Almost a total fail - hit a headwind almost straight away, and lack of bike fitness showed - hard work all the way over to the Chase. Barely hitting 2:30 min/k for the flat first half. Then stopped to check map in Longdon Green, misread, and added an extra 1.3k on... Last slog up to the Chase wasn't too bad - broken up by a couple of flats, which helped.
Orienteering 1:14:30  8.4 km (8:52 / km) +280m 7:36 / km
ahr:173 max:185 shoes: 2013 VJ Supra
Brown course at Beaudesert.
Again just trying to take it steady, felt the tired legs from the ride over after a few controls, so was working a bit harder than hoped. Missed early at #2, about 1' in the circle, as compensated on line when I didn't need to. Note to self - bearing/compass from attackpoint can be useful!
Ok round the loop in the lower vis section 9-12, though the amount of windblow threw me off line a couple of times. Probably 90" lost at 15 - looked like it was just off the path, but was further in than I was expecting. Vague attempt at aiming off here, which didn't work - now I'm home I've seen the pair of pits on the veg boundary, underneath the control number, which would have made the ideal attackpoint. Oh well... look more closely next time!
Right was wrong to #18 - more terrain practice than strictly needed; a bit low at #21, and then found the classic orange-red mud on the way to 23 - fortunately just went knee deep. Happy to hit 23 pretty well in low vis across the slope, but didn't even try to muster a run up the hill from there.
So an OK run, forest was in pretty good condition (shame they're now going to fell large parts of it), and the sunshine helped all round! Complete contrast to last Sunday... Wasn't really thinking about technique today - again it was more of a run with a map. Need to tighten things up if I'm not going to make any howlers at the Night Champs.
Thanks again to Chasers for being very accommodating and holding the start open for a few more minutes so I could run.
GPS distance - 9.5km.
Cycling 1:16:00  33.2 km (26.2 kph) +90m
ahr:150 max:178 shoes: Shimano Road Shoes
Back home. A relief to have the wind behind, and a net downhill overall, on the way back. Happily coasting along at 30kph at times with what felt like minimal effort. The couple of inclines in the last 10k were still quite noticeable though.