Reverse Chasing Start
My best race of the year. Only 4:42 behind the winner. If my calculations are correct (at 60 - 3 points per minute), this should be around 46 NOL points, which is easily my best individual NOL race score ever.
My ankle injury continues to improve and was runnable, but I was restricted in speed in the last 10 minutes with a little soreness. I think that also distracted me a little from my concentration.
My navigation was spot on before that. I was reading the map well, and was better than usual with my compass direction.
I almost came undone approaching 20 but I saw Daniel change direction ahead of me, which was a good hint. I then stopped one gully short at 21, but didn't lose much time. At 22 my shoelace tape came off and the lace came undone (which never happens) so I stopped for 15 seconds to tie it back up. I was able to quickly surge back to the front of my pack again.
Duncan left 24 just before me and went straight. I pushed hard on the longer route around the track and came out ahead.
Great terrain. I enjoyed the challenge and would come back again.
The courses made great use of the area and kept out of the thick and vague sections.
The reverse chasing start was fun, but perhaps a little too condensed. 2 mins would have tested orienteering skills much more. 30 second intervals caused a lot of groups to form with following.