Orienteering race (Jumbuck Hill) 2:21:38  10.33 km (13:43 / km) +498m 11:03 / km
ahr:146 max:177 shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3d
Right - Jumbuck is a seriously nice area. I have only been here once before and I rode out there that time and was knackered for the footo so was nice doing it without that... HOWEVER I was sporting a massive hangover from the dinner party last night and was feeling very green... not cool in an area with so much hill!
1 went to fence and followed the track, tried out jogging but really wasnt great. got 1 easy.
#2 went back to track and followed it around overshot my attackpoint and therefore overshot #2 - relocated off the watercourse and found it within a reasonable time but was a slow leg.
#3 - already sweating buckets, forgot my hat again and was feeling pretty crap now - just decided straight line everything from now - and boy that was a good idea, slow and steady and very straight hit 3 flush, 4 I grazed to the right and knew I had turned my head and saw it and went straight over, 5,6,7 all flush
Met a flock of Goats and kids on the way to 8 - hit 8 flush too, nice of them to leave tape out :)
9 went high early and along to get road in the saddle, which I did perfectly knew the attack point I wanted not sure if I hit it right but came down and found the point pretty much where I expected without too much searching.
Spotted polly going for 9 as I exited it and went to 10. As I left 10 in came Polly hot on my heals, I made a silly mistake going to 11 and got pulled off my bearing through stupidity and by the time I corrected was meeting a few people on the flag including Polly. We both turned for 12 set our bearings took 2 steps forward and saw the control and flew down the hill towards it. Polly got up the far side quicker but was a bit right and helping a lost boy. I motioned them over to the flag then we discovered it wasnt the control he was looking for. We showed him where he was on the map. He completely disregarded our comments and headed off in the wrong direction with confidence.
Polly and I made it back to 13 at same time even though two different routes. but I left for 14 first and Muppeted it up - went towards the area between 14 and 15 and when I realised I had to guess my way back. to the right area. I managed but was way too high - slowly worked back down the hill but Polly beat me to that point and established a lead up to 15. I didnt think I would see her again now and continued on my merry way. 15 was flush, went left of 16 and corrected when I saw the watercourse. Then went for 17.
Interpreted map detail really well and hit it bang on too. Straight line to 18 and again super crisp nav. Left 18 I found Polly half way to 19 coming back to 18. she must have had a bad overshoot and I trotted on to 19. Flush and then for finish was a bit downhill from the marker but fixed that up when I saw the flag. Dont know what happened to Polly as I resulted, had some water got my keys, read the progress to date got back to car, got my gaiters and shoes off, sorted myself to go etc etc and left with her making the finish yet. Must have had a rough last few legs.
I felt destroyed after - hangover and sun had really knocked me about. I had sweated an unbelievable amount - was glad at the level of water stops out there today as I may have otherwise been in trouble.
Kudos to the setters, they could have been pricks in that area but they made it a really lovely course for what is an exceptionally nice area. cant wait to run that area when I am actually fit - could be good fun!