Trek4:17:03 13.23 km (19:25 / km) +1255m13:11 / km ahr:105 max:143 (sick)
Short outing with my cousin, I promised to take him out on a trip into the hills. Seemed like a good idea a few weeks ago, and wasnt too bad after all. good to stretch out the legs, good to catch up with Arie. Was super cold on the tops, and quite windy in places and randomly calm in others. Still a bit sick and dont think it helped other than mentally getting out and doing something
Orienteering race 12:00:44 82.52 km (8:44 / km) +2698m7:30 / km ahr:140 max:171 (sick)
Heights of Winter Rogaine with Tim
3rd place (20 pts behind 2nd and 60pts behind 1st... pretty close!)
Was sick earlier in the week and hadn't really recovered, felt pretty shit getting up in the morning to head out across to Amberley. Arrived later than expected, I felt cold and super tired still, Tim was super enthusiastic and raring to go with the planning. Probably, a mistake on my behalf, since I was feeling shit I didn't feel like I was able to contribute anything useful to the plan. I didn't have my pen's or a plastic cover, calculator or measurer, so I just sat back and kinda helped Tim out with the plan.
Felt a bit better by the time we started. Still wasn't quite right, feeling cold and like I needed to go to the toilet again (too many people needing to pee in the portaloos...and I felt like I needed to do more than just pee..)
Start was a shitshow, somehow in the briefing they told us we couldnt go our intended route, which we didnt hear, started running to the gate and were yelled at to come back. We adjusted and then were back on track. Plan was to go out on the flater controls in the light and when feeling good so we could smash them out with no troubles. This meant less points early on compared to teams going in other direction, which is evident in Greig's graph's. I guess, a bit risky and committing?
First few hours went ok. We made a weird error due to the map around #69 and somehow we had dropped a 90pter off our route around there. My cold had got significantly worse here. Tim took some of my gear, and I coughed and sputtered my way behind him for the next few hours. I sensed a bit of frustration from Tim that I wasn't maybe going as fast as he would like. I felt like I struggled with his inconsistent pace a bit too. He was faster walking than me uphill, then would jog as soon as he got to the top and put distance into me every time, creeping a little further away. Anyway, eventually we came to the big hill at the mid point of the race and crossed over with Matt and George.
Coming down from up high we got to the edge of the green and I I can say that happened here was there was some panic, and some poorly thought out decision making. The trail was looking almost impossible to pick up via a green bash, so we looked for a better way through the forest below, good for a while, but then bad. Tim decided we should climb to get out of trouble, then when in open forest, he insisted on continuing to climb into a shit ton of gorse, nasty nasty stuff. I wanted to go down, so after trying Tims way we went my way into the stream and after a shitty bash through knee deep water with overarching gorse we got the control. Crossed over with Rhys and Ash there.
Next control we were caught unawares, made a small mistake, then the next a slight route choice error, resulting in a 40pter being dropped. Quote "fuck that, its not worth 40pts"
Through the water control we had a bit of a restock and refuel. Now it was time to cash in on the points, I feel like from here we started to run harder and harder. We had to drop a couple of options we had included to trim down our route. With 20mins to go I was pretty afraid we were not going to make it back especially as Tim wanted to take conservative routes in order not to get massively lost. Anyway we had 9mins to go from the last 60 pter, then 6mins at the 30ptr and approx 1km to go. I ran pretty darn hard, and even hooked Tim on tow for the last 200m, which meant we got in with 8 seconds to spare or something like that.
Overall, thought we did ok most of the day. Looking back now there were a few issues: Route planning - I need to be more involved and enthusiastic Route planning - go with the high points areas to start with, and stick with high point areas :) Navigation - be confident, navigation should be one of our strengths Navigation - even on super easy terrain we made a couple of dumb mistakes that lost time Navigation - sometimes Tane is right, and ok at technical navigating Food - I took too much, Tim took too little Wellbeing - don't be sick, tired Teamwork - I am slower walking up steep hills, Tim is slowest on flat/easy gradient roads. I like to be more conservative on my body especially early on, run hard at end. Tim likes to run hard when hes feeling good.