Orienteering race 2:46:56  **** 22.6 km (7:23 / km) +1089m 5:57 / km
spiked:50/50c shoes: Inov8 Rocklite 280 (yellow v3)
I haven't done a proper bush-o race since Easter 2016 so wasn't quite sure what to expect, especially given the fairly tough terrain and challenging map. After the mass start, I tried to keep up with the top guys but rolled my ankle on the way to fifth which was a good reality check. Slowed down and ran my own race from there. Given the lack of o-practice I ran very conservatively (also careful on the ankle) but thanks to that I have made only a handful minor errors and suboptimal route choices and was really enjoying it.
Lost concentration in the butterfly thing in the last loop which eventuated in a few mistakes and Martin Dent caught up with me there. I was then trying to shake him off ... but that's kinda mission impossible with his Olympic marathon background. I did some really good splits with him on my back (lost only about 30 seconds during the last seven legs on the winner) but once we got to the second last control he was off and I didn't even try :)
Finished in 166:56 (pretty sure this was my longest o ever), 6th, 33mins down on Simon Uppill and the first Stinger home. Very happy with that and glad I ran - great weather, amazing Australian fauna, good chats, beers at Bentspoke...