Orienteering race 1:07:20  ***** 8.2 km (8:13 / km) +240m 7:10 / km
ahr:190 max:197 spiked:19/28c slept:9.0 shoes: Integrators
Day 6 of the six day at Anagach. Had an early start on the elite start list and went out playing it safe at the start before speeding up. Was mentally really good and focussed till Pippa caught me, then took me a couple of controls to refocus once she did. Was totally exhausted by the last loop and faffed quite a bit just before the spectator, thought less about route choice and had to force myself to concentrate. As a result 25 onwards was much better and I didn't really lose any time in the final loop. Good race, and finished fourth, 4.28 down on Pip, which at 0.5mins per km down makes it my closest classic race yet this year. Something to be pleased about. Certainly felt so much stronger than ever before in terrain, and my bum ached afterwards so I guess the right muscles were doing the work! Time loss as follows:
3-4 Split not actually down at all but failed to see ride junction just south of control, so faffed slightly going in too early. Realised after 10 secs or so and popped over the small rise into the right depression
5-6 Too lazy to climb hill and so came out too far to right, had to run up track to control
7-8 Biggest mistake, crossed large re entrant higher than I thought at speed and dropped into the wrong depression, hitting number 9 first instead. 1.17 down.
10-11 Really hesitated, struggled to make anything fit after drifting to the east from attack point.
12-13 Legs didn't want to lose height, and hit the spur of the control way too high but brain reluctant to drop down. Caught here by Pippa.
14-15 Wasn't concentrating, trying to stick with Pip. Lost contact at the end of leg and hesitated going into control from wrong side of large depression
20-21 No error but really really physically drained across here. Resigned myself to losing Pip to enable me to finish the course!
21-22 Not thinking straight and crossed to round hill with boulder meaning I had to cross two nasty deep marshes to get to control instead of one
22-23 Didn't think about route choice and drifted, hit ditch and didn't know what was happening - control was on a clearing but veg badly mapped. After messing this one really tried hard to refocus, and it worked for the rest of the course.