Run race ((orienteering)) 57:31  *** 6.8 km (8:27 / km) +210m 7:20 / km
Australian Relays at Mundoolun, running third for the second Victorian M21E team. I didn't have good memories of this part of the world, having had something of a nightmare run across the road at Collins Creek on the tail end of the Easter 2012 carnival.
Before the event I thought we would do well to stay out of the mass start, but my teammates did an excellent job, and at one stage it was even looking possible that I would take over in the lead. That didn't happen but six teams (in fact, all six of the teams that finished) were covered by about 3 minutes after two legs. Felt reasonable at the start on the climb to #1 and settled OK, missed #3 a little (and Bruce, who'd started a bit behind me, missed it a little more), and we were then together running up the long gully to #4. My plan was to turn off before what seemed on the map to be a leftward kink in the gully, but it must have been a non-obvious kink because both of us missed it and went in to search for the control on a slope which turned out to be 200-300 metres too far along (and at least partially off the map). This is the sort of mistake which is not usually noted for fast recovery and neither of us produced one. Eventually picked it up from above with about 4-5 minutes blown apiece.
Bruce ran away from me after that. Feeling somewhat disgruntled, I missed 5 a bit too (maybe 30 seconds) but then settled down through the erosion section. Up until then I was running OK but hit the wall at about 40 minutes; probably shouldn't have been too surprised by that after being sick to a greater or lesser extent all week. At least by then most of the climbing was done, but I had one more misadventurous leg to come - on #16, I (a) altercated with some lantana to reasonably spectacular visual effect, (b) took a route choice out to the road but then had a lot of trouble finding a place where I could come back across the fences (two parallel fences, one rickety, one new), and (c) while I was looking for a place to cross the fences lost track of where I was on the map and proceeded to head briefly up the wrong gully. Brain was definitely fading at this stage, and any sprint finish would have been a no-contest. (As most of you know, there were two great sprint finished, ACT-NSW for 1st and Vic-SA for 3rd).
Felt very washed-out after getting back (as evidenced by time spent sleeping in the late afternoon).