Orienteering 1:12:16  8.03 km (9:00 / km)
shoes: Black Inov8 X-Talons
Fin5 - Day 5 - Long(2)
Chasing start, and thanks to Day 3 being voided, I was back in, and started 3 mins beiphind Laura.
Found out in the start boxes the course was 6.7km with only 7 controls, and the last two controls were in 200m of the finish, so essentially 6.5km with 5 controls... so was expecting to pick up the map and be greeted wi some monster legs. I wasn't disappointed...!
Seemed to take a pretty good routechoice to 1, met some other girls who ended up getting a bit away (I made a small mistake in the middle of the leg), but then caught them again by the control. Also surprised to see Laura here. I had already planned my routechoice to 2, so started heading off on that direction despite all the others going different. Mainly because I really really didn't want to be running in a train this early on in the race. But also because I backed myself ;) anyway, probably not the best routechoice (didn't see the one to the left), but fine anyway. Couple of shorter controls where I kept seeing loads of other girls but avoided them and kept doing my own thing and succeeding. Bit the bullet with 2 long legs to go and decided to man up and form a train as I was very much dying and needed a bit of motivation. Drove it for a while into 5, but then doubted myself just outside the control circle and lost about a minute (with everyone else). Caught Laura again too. Anyway now quite a big train of about 7 girls, and on the long track section coming into 6 I picked up the pace and ran off the front with 1 other girl. Pleased, and had the energy to race by the end. A lot better technique than the last few days :)