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In the 1 days ending Feb 19, 2023:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 22:30 2.46(9:08) 3.96(5:40) 84
  Total1 22:30 2.46(9:08) 3.96(5:40) 84

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Sunday Feb 19, 2023 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (Wits Campus) 22:30 intensity: (19 @1) + (22 @2) + (2:35 @3) + (14:28 @4) + (4:46 @5) 3.96 km (5:40 / km) +84m 5:08 / km
ahr:151 max:167 shoes: Salomon Sense Ride4 #3 Black W

Urban Series #3 at Wits Campus
1:5'000 5m

We evacuated our chalet on the Vaal early at 5am when river levels got to our front door and were driving back to Joburg by 7am, so decided to get a last minute entry for the O' event at Wits. Bit rushed, but made it with some late start times.

Not the most enjoyable of courses, with many controls out of place and errors on the map. Lost 10s to #1 going wrong side of building, didn't read control description. Another 5s to #2 not being ready to race as yet and no contact with the map. Then good to #3 before getting to the area of #4 where the map didn't make sense and no control within sight. Lost about 1 min before I saw it in the distance about 50m off. Lost 20s to #6 going wrong way around the pond (right was faster). To #7 there is a large gap between the buildings which I avoided since it was marked out of bounds on the map. Extra distance of about 80m and more climb as a result. Didn't see the control immediately as well although it had apparently already been moved from somewhere further afield. #8 was also about 20m off-place and then #11 as well.

From there the course got faster as we started running legs along the main roads. I knew from varsity days that the underpass after #12 is closed over weekends, so didn't get caught going that way. Had a good run 13-14 and got the control spot on, but apparently it had been relocated to the correct spot as well. 15-16 I didn't use the tunnel as the entrance was marked out of bounds on the map, but it was hard to see (loss of 20s on some people?). At 18 the out-of-bounds was also historic and there was now a new tent in the way, so I went round, loosing about 10s. Then just a long sprint to the finish.

Overall I wasn't in the right mindset with lack of sleep and preparation so I never got into the course in terms of map contact and focus. Running speed was okayish, but still placed poorly in 6th, behind Matthew V-C, Alex, Connor, Garry and Piers. Nice to have a leg stretch after my cancelled morning ride, but that was about the only positive.

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