Orienteering 1:00:03  6.84 km (8:47 / km) +179m 7:46 / km
ahr:150 max:177 shoes: VJ Bold Ugly yellow
Quite a shocker, but similar to other events recently my perception was not as bad as reality. Really struggled with momentum through tall, prickly weeds. Patterson's Curse makes my legs itchy. There were also some prickly runner things that kept attaching themselves to me that were annoying and I kept stopping to remove them, only to pick up another shortly after - you'd think I'd learn! In terms of orienteering, I was continually pulling up short. This happened on 1, 4, 7, 10 and 13 to name a few ... Then there were the mistakes. Lost confidence about 10m from control when I saw all the headless chickens and so joined them on their merry hunt. For 7 I was way to the left and so it was a long slog up hill to the control, very unconfident doing this. On the way to 11 I had to stop and tie my shoelace, going to 12 I drifted left, that was OK as went through a gate rather than through fence, but then had trouble finding a place to cross the ravine. For 13 I was not reading the map well at all. By the time I was on my way to 15, it was getting a bit dark with storm clouds and I had trouble reading the dark green/contours/blue/circle so just decided I'd had enough and skipped it.