Run race ((orienteering)) 20:11  *** 2.9 km (6:58 / km) +20m 6:44 / km
Final day of Sprint Canberra at ANU. Still feeling just as sore as the last two days (and if possible it looks even uglier), but the swelling must have gone down a bit because I felt less impeded on the run than was the case the last two days (the lack of hills probably helped). Still a bit below par, though, and was gradually drifting back amongst the group I started with, being pulled in by Jase and Richard Goonan, and dropping back from Oliver Mill and Jimbo. Also fell into the trap a bit at 13 and dropped 20 seconds or so. Felt I was making a bit of progress, and am still hopeful that I should be up to doing some proper training by midweek.
I thought I was making a bit of a habit of having close sprint races with Lanita (we were five seconds apart today), and a check of the results proves it - in eight meetings since October, we're 4-4, with only two of the eight margins (one each way) greater than 37 seconds, and four of the eight (two each way) 11 seconds or fewer. I'm enjoying it while it lasts, suspecting that she'll have left me behind by this time next year; in a way it reminds me a bit of having a series of close battles in Canberra in 1987 with Jenny Bourne (then the leading Australian woman, who should have had a decent shot at a top-10 place at that year's WOC but had a bad run on the day, and in those days there was no middle distance or sprint to have another go).
This was an excellent series of events - thanks to all those responsible (and especially to lazydave). Will probably be hard to do something similar next year with Oceania taking up a big chunk of January, but the basic concept - both competition-wise and having a training camp combining seniors and juniors - appeared to work very well.
I'm now down in Bermagui for a few days. I was thankful that I was going down the Clyde and not up it - the seasonal migration of the Yogi was in full swing and traffic in the reverse direction was in great abundance (although moving, most of the time). There were also more people than I've seen for a while either in the midst of a deep and meaningful conversation with the NRMA, or waiting to do so. (The upper reaches of the Clyde Mountain used to be a good place to find such people, but today's victims were more evenly distributed).
(And, apropos of the thread that's going at the moment, unsurprisingly the Bodalla dairy outlet does seriously good chocolate milkshakes. Don't think it's going to be on the way home from an event any time soon, though).