Orienteering race (urban/parkland) 44:55  8.7 km (5:10 / km)
ahr:165 max:174 shoes: adidas cc ride
POM Day 1 middle, ME (68/75)
Brutal reintroduction to threshold running around the historic town of Evora. Big hill climb up to number 1 got me breathing hard, looked at the map too quickly and took the wrong road to number 2, not a good start.
Got myself into a rhythm after that but messed up my breathing and after 11 developed a stitch. Walked up the next hill, waddled across the grass and stopped at 12 and took a few deep breaths. Started again at a slightly slower intensity but ran into oxygen problems again around 17/18 and messed up my route to 20 slightly.
From there managed to get the situation under control and finished strongly making some good, quick decisions and did particularly well through the park control pick.
All in all a not unexpectedly difficult challenge considering my current level of anaerobic fitness. Still, as always with urban events, enjoyable at the time. Nice scenery and good weather.