Orienteering race 23:27  *** 3.2 km (7:20 / km) +95m 6:23 / km
spiked:14/17c shoes: Asics Trabuco 2018
Pukekura North. One for the speedsters as it was mostly track running and not all the legs required much care and attention through the junctions once the route choice was route chosen. Would have been nice to do this one of those summers I was knocking back 5k PBs! Only significant mistake was 11 to 12, carefully navigating through the maze of tracks coming down the hill to get to ...what I then realised was an uncrossable fence rather than the track I was going to use, making my clever route choice much less clever. Probably my biggest mistake of the weekend and Winsplits doesn't even pick it up! Other than that I think there were just a couple of unnecessary hesitations I marked myself down on, and even picked up a handful of top 3 splits (admittedly one when I was desperately trying to stay in Bruce Arthur's slipstream) despite not considering myself one of the speedsters that would have had the advantage here.
Orienteering race 22:14  *** 3.0 km (7:25 / km) +75m 6:35 / km
spiked:22/24c shoes: XTalon 2017
Pukekura South. Similar to the morning with more off track options. Dead on the hills though with a lurgy I'd been trying to fight off finally starting to make its presence felt so by the end wasn't using those options and struggling up the tracks instead. Number 7 mucked me up, coming up out of the gardens and to the road from 6 just didn't seem to align me up with the options I was expecting and while I stopped for a moment to figure it out it can't have been a long enough moment so somehow ended up going down the eastern side of the old homestead and then having to go right around and get the control from behind. Still wasn't making 100% sense by the time I punched so may have even lost a little bit of time on the theoretically very easy 8. (This time it is bad enough for Winsplits so apparently 30+ sec lost on 7) The only other thing I really remember is that basically the whole post-map-flip part of the course was a real battle and I wasn't too surprised to start feeling ill a little while after finishing.