Orienteering race 1:33:52**** 8.59 km (10:56 / km) +228m9:39 / km ahr:139 max:162 shoes: Inov-8 O-Roc 250 (2)
SOL6 Fairy Knowe & Doon Hill. M45L / Short Brown: 7km +315m. At the area early to help with JEC, and as yesterday once the sun burnt off the early mist it was glorious. When the JEC runners all came in looking as if they'd been mud wrestiling it was clear that that area was a tad soggy - not to mention rough and tough! So, after a long day and long weekend, when I finally got off for next-to-last start, I was happy to just take it easy and not race, to protect my bad ankles.
It was fun, and I liked the change of pace for the green area, but I didn't like the grot - sadly I only realised just how grotty it was when I got stuck in it early on in the long leg, and I lost at least five minutes on the track option. I was also generally pretty scrappy, but mostly just moving slowly. The seas of mud in the northern area of the map were a totally slapstick giggle. I finished with a big smile on my face, and pretty fresh, although my back was starting to protest through the tablets.
Great fun and a great weekend. TRIMP 156.1.
Orienteering race 19:31**** 3.53 km (5:32 / km) +58m5:07 / km ahr:159 max:171 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 17
I ran around the M18 course after helping out at the Junior European Champssprint race at the uni. Great fun, great course. I was solid enough for the first 60% or so, just a couple of wobbles, but switched off just when I needed to buckle down and concentrate, and was totally woeful in the complex final area, dropping 80-90s in total in the final six minutes. I'd also forgotten my trail shoes, so had to run it in my roadies, and was slipping and sliding everywhere! Happy enough with how I'd been running earlier, though, and it was fun to get out. Fantastic, superbly organised event - well done FVO and helpers! TRIMP 53.6.
Elliptigo44:57 18.21 km (2:28 / km) +96m2:24 / km ahr:147 max:161 shoes: Elliptigo
Didn't even have time to get to the 10km mark on the Braco road before turning back to pick up the kids - but at least it was something! Very windy, but avoided the heavy rain showers.
In other news, the doctor seemed confident that the abdominal hot spots I've been increasingly experiencing are most likely just the result of a compressed nerve, and unlikely to be anything more serious. Nothing I can do about them other than take suppressants, but I'd rather just grin and bear it, it's not painful. Probably the sort of secondary back issues I'll just have to get used to! TRIMP 91.6