Run race ((orienteering)) 1:14:33  *** 5.2 km (14:20 / km) +280m 11:18 / km
NSW Long Championships, 6th. From past experience of bad flare-ups of this injury, I expected it to have settled down enough to be able to run on comfortably within about 36 hours, but only had half of that. I certainly didn't expect much when I got up and struggled to walk to the bathroom, went out to the event expecting to do a token attempt at a warm-up and then pull the pin, gradually loosened up walking around the assembly area and thought I might as well at least walk some controls, then tried jogging and thought I might actually be able to do a course. We won't gild things too much - this was still not a comfortable experience, and I was still significantly restricted in anything which involved trying to go fast (which is why my split for the largely track run to #6, during which Mounty blasted past me on a different course, shows as a mistake), but I was able to jog in the more open areas (a bit more abundant than yesterday).
Almost made a parallel error out of the start, and I think if I was running better it would have been worth running the track to 8 given how close to it I'd climbed, but a decent technical run otherwise. Plenty of rock lines and a few challenging gaps in the wet (one which I was contemplating had been taped off by the organisers as being unfit for human consumption), but not the labyrinths of yesterday. Think mid to high 60s might have been reachable if uninjured; Scott's 62 in 3rd probably wasn't (and we won't even talk about Steve's 48). Haven't pulled up too badly tonight (in general I don't seem to do further damage running on this as long as I can tolerate it), so hopefully it will settle soon.
I suspect we may not be back here soon; the regrowth was at the just-about-manageable stage, but I think one more wet summer and it will be pretty unpleasant. (According to Jock, Ganguddy has already reached that point).
Headed for Blackheath tonight (which got the cold drizzle which Long Swamp escaped the worst of, to say nothing of the heavy rain which seems to have been along a Warrumbungles-Dunedoo-Scone line). Not too many views to be had, which is a pity, but did catch up with someone I've been talking weather with online for more than 20 years.