Orienteering race (Christmas 5 days) 1:10:17  *** 7.19 km (9:47 / km) +107m 9:06 / km
9c shoes: Inov-8 X-Talon 212 #3
Day 4 - Snows Hill
This was not a good run.
I think I was too tired going into it and wasn't feeling particularly enthused at the idea of orienteering as it was already super hot out.
#1 started out okay until I randomly decided to change direction and head the opposite way resulting in a big loop before getting the control. Already I'm almost 3 mins behind. Refocused and got #2 fine. For #3, I had a good plan but didn't execute it, though I was able to adapt it so it was okay just not great. Rolled my ankle around half way which threw me off as well and took some time to check it was okay before continuing. #4 was okay. #5 was the worst though. I lost around 13+ minutes on this. The first part was good, I was in contact and had a good plan but then I must've lost concentration for a second and everything went out the window and I started looking for the control from there. I was on the spur before the one that the control was on and was making the map fit the terrain. I should've stopped and looked at what I had done and where I could be because I was on track just before this happened. I think my brain was fried by this point and was ignoring the alarm bells that this was wrong. I was so sick of it by this point and just wanted to stop and go for a run on the tracks. Eventually found it because some others were running through the area and to the control. #6 was okay, I went a bit wide around the hill because I really wasn't thinking at all at this point but luckily the others were still around to keep me on track. Had I been more sure of what I was doing, I could've run faster to #7 but I was just trying to keep everything in control at this point. Overran #8 a little bit. #9 was a stupid control, my gps track shows me going right past it but I mustn't've seen it because it was hidden in the bushes so well. That knoll didn't even exist. I'm not taking the blame for this one I think it was just a stupid control that the controller and course setter should've known better than to use.
So overall a crap run.
Learnt a lot from going over the course with Aston and Anni afterwards which was good.