Orienteering race (Yetar Springs) 2:17:20  11.71 km (11:44 / km) +302m 10:23 / km
ahr:155 max:181 shoes: Brooks Glycerin 12
Heaviest/worst fitness I can recall - possibly ever - really felt this during the race. time to do something about it!
Yetar springs was my first ever footo event 2 years ago and I messed it up then and took me 2.26.18 to do 9.29... Todays effort was better but felt just as bad!
#1 was ok but felt slow and lethargic - also found out my right ankle has some issues as it felt sore from the start as if it has had a bad roll.
#2 went wrong direction to start and then realised and corrected sweeping around onto it but lost some time here.
#3 pretty much in between a pack of people - they all made ground on me but overshot and I met them at the point.
#4 still with pack abit high at first and then adjusted
#5 last of pack there and people started to disappear quickly!
#6 found it ok but was a tad slow
#7 refoudn some of the pack again but just the tail end and was largely the last I saw of them
#8 #9 and #10 all felt pretty clean a tad slow - #9 I pulled up a bit early. #10 I found someone at again. He went off massively to might right and whilst he dragged me off course a bit I felt I corrected/ignored him well...
APPARENTLY NOT - I went west of the hill I should have been east on and it was all bad from there - halfway between 11/12 and I was LOST. I knew the distance was right - I knew I was on the slope - but I felt utterly helpless, I though I had drifted right so I went left. and then spotted the pack again - all coming down from #14... demoralising. pushed on and still felt quite lost head up to what I thought was 14 which was actually the cliff west of 11. I then went north and realised high point with rocks. looked eastish and though there is some large boulders, saw 14 in the distance eventually and spun to my se and sure enough there was 11... GRRR got probably the closest ive been to pulling the pin on a course. really didnt enjoy that 15 minutes of being lost.
Of course Craig came bounding into 11 as I was there and I informed him I could have used him 15 minutes ago to which he quipped - if I was here 15 minutes ago you wouldnt have seen me... fair point. I did think though, at least I can get an easy leg in behind craig. at which point I looked up to here the road runner "neep neep" sound, a smoke could from the burning undergrowth and a faith smell of melting rubber. So I managed to find 12 ok even if I lost contact with craig in milliseconds.
#13 was fine I had drifted downhil slightly but all came out ok.
#14 even though I had already been there was challenging getting back but hit it reasonably flush.
#15 drifted right again... sigh mooed around like a browns cow before realising I am standing on granite and there is a paddock right there thats west of the point CLEARLY. looped back around and got 15.
Feet where blistering and I felt like crap so plodded along to 16 - should have stayed on the road but went the field... silly.
#17 and finish where straight forward.
Much to my dismay someone beat me by 8s. teach me to give up early had I pushed a bit harder I would have not finished last and I certainly had 8s in me.
Anyway not the most enjoyable session I have had - everything was sore, blisters, a few bad moments getting geographically challenged. Felt like the landscape was very... indistinct need to get my head in the game again.
Spoke briefly to Craig as I was driving out - apparently he was only in jog mode. #bastard :P
*Edit* - I am glad the flags where reasonably visible and on the approach you where coming from opposed tot he usual hide and seek type nature of O flag placing - had it been in its typical format I would have been screwed.