Orienteering race (BKO National Event) 2:06:14  ** 12.92 km (9:46 / km) +345m 8:37 / km
spiked:3/26c shoes: New Balance RX Terrain
The area Cold Ash consists of two areas (Grimsbury Castle and Bucklebury Common) with a small chunk of forest between them. Although the area isn't that difficult technically, there is a lot on the map, in particular linear features. The white areas in the forest were a real mixture: some of them were very easily runnable whereas others were covered with brashings. I ran the M21L course, 12.9km with 345m climb. All I can say about it is: "Bloody hell, it was tough". I have not been this knackered at the end of an event for quite a while. distracted won't be too disappointed that he missed this one.
I wasn't the only one who struggled with it. angryhaggis and I and OUOC members Chris M and Tim B all had times within 15 minutes of 2 hours. Sadly, I was on the latter side of the 2 hour mark, with angryhaggis pipping me by all of 13 seconds. The 2 hour mark on M21L courses is something of a pariah for me, with only one exception all my times for M21L races are within 10 minutes of it, and indeed three of them are within 1 minute!
Earlier in the week I had been complaining of not having any power, and the rest I took instead doesn't seem to have helped. As well as being physically tired, I also seemed quite weary mentally, making some very silly route choices for a lot of the controls. I've only put three controls down as 'spiked', but there were another six or so with which I didn't have any navigational difficulties but I was just too tired to get a decent leg time.
angryhaggis did ask if I could post all my splits on attackpoint, and these are now in the 'Race' section, along with an analysis of all the many mistakes I made on the way!