Orienteering race 15:30  ***** 2.9 km (5:21 / km) +20m 5:10 / km
spiked:20/24c shoes: Asics Gel-Speedstar II
NZ Sprint Champs at Kristin School.
Had to sit around and wait in the car for pretty much all morning before the start. Hanging around in the quarantine wasn't much fun either...managed to keep myself in control while warming up, not distracted too much from the task at hand.
Plan was to nail the navigation and not worry about the speed at all. Also if need be I had to stop to sort my shit out rather than just running and working it out on the way....which kind of worked.
First control, I took a wide option keeping out of the detail and making sure I hit the control...however this turned to shit a bit when I couldnt get through the gap I wanted to, but I did have the next leg down pat. No option this time but to go straight through the buildings. Nailed it, couldnt tell the difference between the open land on the next leg and Olive green so I went way around rather than risking it and cutting across.
The 4th control I was through the buildings with hardly much effort at all and was caught a little off guard. Took my time once across the road to plan the next leg ahead...but picked the wrong way anyway and went left. The map was a little different from what I thought and it took a bit longer than expected....saw Toby 1min behind me on the way to 7 which put the wind up me, so through the spectator control I took the time to sort my shit out and increase the intensity a little bit. Went around an extra building on the way into 9, saw Mike on the way to 10, however I was a bit scrappy to 11. It took me a little while to claw some time back on to pass Mike but I smashed out the long leg and took that by about 10sec from the rest of the field. I was then pretty good through the buildings to 19 before again going around the cluster of buildings and then an extra building one right at the end too.
A couple of tight ones then the easy 22nd control. Right around the side of the building and up the stairs....and no control...second look at the map, no I am right....must be further round no, a look back, nope there was Mike, look at the map again, it must be up, round the building I go, and spotted the ledge, no that cant be it, no wait yes it is. Crap. Then Smashed it, absolutely balls out to the finish two controls clawing back as mush time as I could...felt like I had a shit run but from being back in 10th at the specator I slotted nicely into 3rd place 5 sec behind Toby and another 30 behind Tim.
Happy with the placing but it was rather poor on my part. Some bad route choice to begin with and a little bit cautious to start with. That meant I ran a little out of control in some of the tight stuff. 22 turned out to be a controversial control and the subject of a protest. However it was a similar situation to a control at STB this year except this time I was able to avoid losing huge amounts of time and kept this mistake under some sort of control. Disappointed that I could have definitely won this race had I had a clean race, and a better start.