Orienteering race (SL - Badja) 1:12:34  11.3 km (6:25 / km) +400m5:27 / km
Came 2nd, +2:27 to Andrew who's clearly finding some good form at the moment. A real treat to be back in Badja again - first time for me since just after we moved over here in 2011. As well as being some of the most challenging granite terrain in Oz, it's also a beautiful and varied forest to run through. Nice warm sunny day too. My orienteering wasn't all that special though. I set off a bit out of control and took a while to get into the scale - didn't really pick up a single feature for sure on the first leg and dropped over a minute there. Another bad start to a race for me. Got into it a bit after that but it all felt very clunky and I kept finding myself running off at funny angles (lack of proper compass since I broke my main one last weekend didn't help). Got very confused when it got a bit vague on me at #14 and made a bit of a parallel error in the small gullies - another couple of minutes of genuine stood still headscratching in there. Finished off ok. Thought the course could have done with some control picks and a few controls that were more tucked away, but it was still a great challenge and really good fun. Felt mostly fine in the legs but a bit tired and heavy.
Running40:00  9.0 km (4:27 / km) +200m4:00 / km
Another dark early morning run (last one of these for me, as the clocks changing will help). This time I tried a couple of 20min tempo sections, but a combination of the time of day and my old man legs meant it was a real struggle to get going. I'm not at all convinced about running at this time of day other than for practical reasons.
Running26:00  4.9 km (5:18 / km) +100m4:49 / km