At Gumble Pinnacles, came 3rd, +10:31mins to Brodie. Absolute quality top notch orienteering. Still frothing at this one despite a pretty devastating run for me. Mainly low vis forest with huge rocks generally scattered about. Brutal course which was relentlessly challenging technically in so many different ways and super tough physically - and just one drink point on a near 30deg sunny day :s
Played it fairly cautious in general - but got off to a sloppy start with misses at #2 and #3 putting me back about 1:30mins. Then flowed well over the longer legs to #10 taking some safer routes that were more runnable. The percentages paid off and I caught sight of Brodie (2mins ahead starting) at the drinks point. Unfortunately a quick swig wasn't going to be wise and so he had long gone by the time I was ready to get going. Turns out I held the lead to #14 and #15 where I then had another scrappy section losing another min or so. #14 in particular was a super tricky control though.
Took more safe easy running routes to #17 and #18 and although Brodie had regained the lead on the day I was now winning overall. This was of course unbeknownst to me though as I was just feeling real tired and heavily cramping (despite multiple magnesium tablets before the run) and just felt like I'd been out plodding for aaages. And so it was I left #19 without bothering with my strategy of the easiest running route and subsequently got confused on a steep rocky slope where relocating just took a long long time. 8mins lost on a 2min leg - and the last tough control after going through so much to get there. At the time I was just glad to find the control and bumble around the fairly flat control pick to the finish. It was only after that I realised how costly that was. A start with the young boys in the chase would have been fun. Didn't sleep well that night - still buzzing from the challenge and rueing what happened.