Run race ((orienteering)) 1:00:52  *** 8.0 km (7:37 / km) +220m 6:41 / km
Today was an unwanted landmark of the ageing process; I entered something other than course 1 (or its equivalent) at a non-championship state-level event without a specific injury-related reason to do so (as readers will know, I haven't been well this week but had already decided before then anyway). I think this is the first time in 32 years that this has happened.
I didn't feel good before starting and on the first leg and was wondering if even course 2 was going to be beyond my capabilities. Somewhat to my surprise, having expected that I might have to walk significant hills (in as much as they exist here), I managed to run up the steepest hill on the course - the climb out of 3 - and settled down from there. My gully-spur navigation, though, was a little wobbly, and became more than wobbly on 7, where I saw the gully where the control was, thought it was much too big (1:15000 map?) to be mine and concluded I was too far up, and ended up at 8. Probably dropped 2.5-3 minutes there. Decent second half but the damage was done.
The last time I was here, three years ago, I was in a terrific first-leg relay scrap with Aston. Today he beat me by 20 minutes. I suspect about half of this is him getting better and about half is me getting worse. (He became the latest addition to the list of people who've gone sub-5s at Eppalock; once upon a time I was one of those).