Orienteering race (MetrO) 1:02:01  8.1 km (7:39 / km) +116m 7:09 / km
ahr:169 max:182 shoes: ASICS GEL - Nimbus 17
Didn't particularly enjoy today for a number of reasons.
Knew I was not going to flog myself silly because of the back but set out at a reasonable pace - missed first control through the bushes but came in from the other side to see a massive Q formed.. no one had seen the punch lying on the ground so I grabbed it and punched - could feel Paul seething as 3rd in Q seeing me jump it. He promptly corrected that situation with a cheeky dash before the next control.
Was a conga line for the first half of the course which was reasonably frustrating - I prefer to feel like the route I am taking is unique but there really wasn't too much sensible deviation if you went west first. Had contact (sight of Paul) until 7 then spotted him leaving 18 as I was going in so was within reason of him but didnt see him again after that.
All the same, trundled along. I had seen there were 29 controls total before the start, we needed 25. There was 1 not accessible made it 28 so could drop 3. Had decided on 19/23/28 but as I went along I was '1 control up' i never understood how but meant I could drop 29 too.
As I was doing the back section 20-21-26-30 ( 26-30 leg) my gut imploded and basically felt like I wasn't going to make it back without an accident. This really came out of nowhere and had me in panicville. I slowed right down which helped a bit but was really uncomfortable.
With all this going on as I punched 30 I though mm wonders what controls not out here trying to take my mind off my stomach. but this confused me more as I was 1 up, but there are 30 controls but I only need to drop three - but there's 28 we can get too, but the sign said 29 and wtf I've run past 29 now but shit did I forget my 3 was 1923/28 oh crap. major detour back to get 29 because didn't want to be 1 short...
I recounted a number of times after that and it kept coming up the same I am 1 control over again and the best drop scenario was now within CCC.. FFS. this sprint outcrop just confused matters really. if the comment at the start was there is 30 controls. 1 is a forced drop (#2) then would have been easy ok drop 4. 19/23/28/29 - done but meh it all just got messed up along the way. Anyway, by now I could barely jog my stomach was turning bad. Got in and Ricky was on the desk he bumped my time from 1h02 to 1h14. made a comment but couldn't stand around... directly to the toilet. Relief but stomach was horrible. went and got my car keys and made a comment to Paul about the stupid controls before Emma came in to say they were waiting - had missed Fish and Chips on the beach with the family as I took too long to run. Oh well, leftovers later where... soggy... didn't eat much felt bleh.
Anyway, nice area knew it was hilly, knew it was windy - shame about the controls and stomach ruining it for me. Someone knock 12 mins off my time when it goes up (if it makes a difference - doubt it will.)
Back seems to be holding which is good!