Run race ((orienteering)) 1:30:11  **** 8.0 km (11:16 / km) +440m 8:50 / km
The ultralong day, but not an ultralong course - I was acting my age today (the decision point was in late July - after a fragmented year of training, if I was going to attempt the full M21 course, I wanted to be able to do 2.30 comfortably by then, and didn't). After an iffy week I wasn't too upset that I only had 8km and not 19, but it was still a reasonably long day's work - I've never gone much under 10s here and today wasn't going to spoil that record.
Never had a lot of strength running and had to walk most of the major hills (some, like 14 to 15, would have been unrunnable by anyone), but did improve a little in the later part of the course. Decent technically in the early stages and I think my route was decent on the first long leg to 7 (fairly straight), but wobbled a little at the end of the leg, and then struck major trouble at 9 - not being able to work out where the 4-metre cliff was in amongst all the rock - and dropped 3 minutes or so. (I suspect the 4 metres were measured using the same metres which are used to determine whether a kick has travelled 15 metres - whereas the climb on the course was measured using the metres used to determine whether someone's run 15 metres without bouncing the ball). Next time loss was about 2 minutes at 13, a small bit of bare rock in tiger-country steepness and big rock (in general I had a fair bit of trouble today working out what was mapped and what wasn't). From there, held it together reasonably technically with only minor losses at 20 and 23, and thought I was cruising in until realising, a bit too late, that Nathan Guinness was within striking distance of me at the top of the chute. He outsprinted me for 2nd; Eric did 76.
Probably dropped 6 minutes or so over the course, which I couldn't be happy with, although it worked out better physically than seemed likely over the last few days (or in the early stages of the course). Banged my knee a couple of times and it's feeling a bit sore and bruised this evening, but I'd need to have a broken leg not to front tomorrow.