Orienteering long 2:19:57  20.23 km (6:55 / km) +240m 6:32 / km
shoes: X-Talon 212 2016
Long Forest training pre JK + WU/WD
Really nice in the Forest, saw loads of deer and very few people. Running the Elite course from the November Classic/Southern Champs 2017. I ran a shorter one due to having a cold.
Quite tricky with no flags out so tried to spend a bit of time at each control confirming it was correct. This meant I had quite poor flow and was basically stopping in each circle. Struggled control 25-28, pretty scrappy in there!
Not quite used to the 1:15 scale, pulling up short. Think I should consciously think about distance (e.g. the control is 200m away) and height (i.e. down 4 contours/20 metres). I don't know why my thumb compass doesn't have cm markers on it, that would be helpful. Need to make sure I get the exit direction spot on.
Feeling tired by the end. My time would have been 2:07 (without WU/WD) which was similar to Tom Dobra in 15th. Definitely would have been faster with flags out. The winner Ben did 1:36. Need to pace myself and settle in for the long run, maybe not start 'racing' till the second half.