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In the 7 days ending Sep 17:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 3:18:28 15.8(12:33) 25.43(7:48) 71564c
  Running1 5:25 0.46(11:52) 0.74(7:22) 2
  Total4 3:23:53 16.26(12:32) 26.17(7:47) 71664c

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Sunday Sep 17 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (bush) 1:30:45 [4] 10.47 km (8:40 / km) +401m 7:16 / km
19c shoes: Mudclaw 333

Long distance state championships at Marginata, M35. What a difference a day makes. I don't think many orienteers will have won M21 one day and then not even podium in M35 the next. I guess it proves yesterday's result was a bit of a fluke, although today it was just stupid time loss on one leg that made the difference between first and fourth.

Was feeling great through the first five controls; it all seemed a bit too easy. First mistake to #6, when I couldn't get myself to believe that the rock face I saw was not on the map and instead believed it was the rock face further up. The next long leg to #7 was much worse because I managed to make two errors in one go. First off, I was mistakenly heading for #17 (the line from #6 to #7 went through #17). Then I also ran up the wrong gully and took a long time to work out what had happened. When I finally made it to the control (#17), I noticed I had wasted many minutes trying to find a control that I didn't even need to get! Not a great feeling. I knew my race was over at that point and almost instantly my legs felt much heavier. Didn't really get up to speed any more for the rest of the run, but the nav was ok. Feel a bit bad for Graeme, because he followed me up the wrong gully to #7 and ended up spending 43 minutes on that leg alone.
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Saturday Sep 16 #

1 PM

Running warm up/down 5:25 [3] 0.74 km (7:22 / km) +2m 7:17 / km
shoes: Brooks Beast 16

Little warm up on the way to the start. Stopped jogging when the track turned uphill, but that's where I really warmed up.

Orienteering race (bush) 41:08 [4] 5.34 km (7:42 / km) +193m 6:32 / km
15c shoes: Brooks Beast 16

Middle distance state championships at Jumbuck Hill. Well, that was a surprise. I didn't have high expectations because I didn't think the terrain suited me well, but that was probably a good thing. I was happy when I saw the long first leg, because it gave me a chance to get into the map. Thought I saw Andre, who had started 2 minutes before me, coming out of #1, but the splits seem to indicate he missed it, which explains why I didn't see him again on the course. Caught up to Cameron, who had started 4 minutes before me, at #4. He went far left to #5, and while I took a straighter route it threw me off a bit. Lost a bit of time there. Some more time loss to #7 after I misidentified a rock face for a short while. All went well from there on. Didn't run very hard, but kept in touch with the map and managed to avoid any large time losses. It seems like going steady won the race, because I only had two fastest splits.

Had a short chat to Simon when I got back so knew I pipped him by half a minute, but didn't see the results of any of the others, because I took R out on the VE as quick as possible. When we got back, the presentations were starting straight away, and I still had no idea of the results until my name was called out. Nice way to find out.
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3 PM

Orienteering (bush) 33:00 [1] 1.95 km (16:57 / km) +102m 13:26 / km
8c shoes: Brooks Beast 16

VE with R at Jumbuck Hill. The climb up to the start was a bit much for him, so I carried him up for parts of it. We were too late for the start, but thankfully saw Rachel on the way up and she gave us a map. No official result because the start punch had already been taken away, but all controls on the course were still out. R liked the fact that the course was all downhill and did some fast sprints to the controls, but walked all the rest of it.

Thursday Sep 14 #

6 PM

Orienteering (suburbrun) 33:35 [4] 7.68 km (4:22 / km) +19m 4:19 / km
22c shoes: Brooks Beast 16

Scatter course in Ferndale. Another good course where it wasn't at all obvious what the best route would be. There was one patch with very slippery mud, but the rest was easy running, nice and flat. Spotted an unmapped pathway to #23, which meant that that was actually a good control to pick up, but I stuck to my plan. Did miss one turn while running along Fleetwood Rd; was daydreaming about music for a bit after seeing that street name instead of focusing on where I was going.
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