Warm up & strides 12:00  1.7 km (7:04 / km)
ahr:166 max:176 shoes: Integrators
Jog to the start and a bit of token jogging. Feels totally wrong to be racing at 3pm. Stomach hated me for it.
Orienteering race 1:21:16  **** 8.7 km (9:20 / km) +415m 7:33 / km
ahr:189 max:199 spiked:15/20c shoes: Integrators
Bleurgh! Not really sure if I enjoyed this that much - some bits went well, and I got some fastest splits, other bits, well, I made two of the most stupid mistakes I've made since I was about 12, and after taking what I think was the best route choice on the leg leg, totally screwed up getting into the control. Oopsie!
1-2 Not uber confident coming in the 2 in the rough stuff, but hit it okay in the end. Lost 15 secs to Hollie, which I probably would in running speed anyway.
2-3 Got a bit stuck in the thick stuff then was a bit unconfident in the white, even though the control was in a lovely big re entrant you could see from miles away. Hmmm...
3-4 Had to stop to go to the loo and ended up a bit low too.
5-6 Got the fastest split on 5-6, which was a total surprise as I had no idea I had already hit the control when I hit it. Oh, number 63! Nice to see you!
7-8 Planned leg well and nailed it,. Fastest split. Love it.
8-9 Three minutes down the pan. You know when you know you're climbing the wrong ridge, only you're kind of worried you're not and so you have to check the hill at the very top even if you're 5 contours too high, and you just saw Steve Nich do something that looked like punching a control, way, way below you. Oops. Unsurprisingly, Steve was bang on, and I was mountain climbing for the fun of it.
9-10 Slooooow. Totally failed to grasp that all I had to do was pop out into the open without losing too much height, and it would all make sense. Instead I was skirting crags and reading detail that really wasn't required.
12-13 Was chasing John E, and got the fastest split. Nice.
13-14 Two minutes gone. Took the low route, thought this was great, hit my attack point spot on, then just drifted. Ended up hitting the stream by the crag and being very confused. Eventually figured it out and went back - I had been far too low. In all fairness, the clearing I was looking for wasn't really very clear. But still - more accurate compass needed.
15-16 Utter muppet. I lost nearly three minutes by hitting the track, going the right way to the crossing point, seeing a boulder in a re entrant and thinking I'd gone wrong, retracing my steps, then figuring it out and legging it down the track in my original direction. Absolute spoon.
16-17 Nice, planned well, executed well
17-18 I have no idea how I got the fastest split here. I was knackeredm but I was bang on.
So yes, good thing: when I orienteer well, I am actually up there pacewise.
Bad things: Running past 4pm turns me into a muppet. 8 minutes of big mistakes, and a bit more in confidence. Eep!