Orienteering race (Modderfontein Reserve) 1:13:09  *** 11.69 km (6:15 / km) +212m 5:44 / km
ahr:167 max:182 24c weight:81.4kg shoes: Specialized Epic FSR Mthn 2014
Modderfontein Reserve 1:10'000 5m
Brown, 9.9km, 195m, 24c
My last O' event of the year. Fast terrain at Modderfontein, so I wasn't expecting to be too competitive, but I felt decent for the first 14 controls, then started getting tired from the lack of recent fitness. Lots of blackjacks, but would have been worse earlier in the year, some of the undergrowth was easier running than indicated. Easy nav near the start and finish but some nicer trickier stuff in the south, which was a pleasant surprise.
Made only 2 mistakes, both mine. At #8 I ran past the bare rock without knowing the exact description side, so didn't see it and backtracked a while later. Lost 2 mins. Then at #17 was short and right of the control, punching the wrong one (my #6 again) before realizing the mistake. Lost 30s. Just didn't really get into the map in this area.
Caught Piers after this and he forced me to keep the pace up to the finish. Finished 14s down on Jeremy, so pleasantly surprised being so close to the win, although 14s feels all so close after 2.5 min of mistakes. The last km was easy run in and Jeremy only 'virtually' passed me at the last control.