Orienteering (bush) race (Easter day 3) 1:20:56  *** 9.15 km (8:51 / km) +318m 7:32 / km
spiked:22/27c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello
Cherry Farm; 1:10,000 8.0km 380m
Started with Oscar today after starting with Henry yesterday. I told him to lead me to the first control but didn't realise we had the same first one! My highlight for the day was beating him there, probably the only time I'll beat him at orienteering ever again. He was off cavorting around on the hillside whereas I took the ridgeline to just above the CP in the gully then dropped down to it. Afterwards I found out my route to #2 was pretty awful when Oscar asked if I took the road and track option around to the east. It was probably 500m longer but avoided the going over the four ridge lines that I had to go up and over, the last of which involved negotiating cliffs both down and up. At least I had a fence to lead me to the control.
It was a really nice area to run in although there wasn't a whole lot of running from my perspective. With the fitness at a low the steep hills killed of uphill running and I focused instead on negotiating passageways through the cliffs, which made for interesting decision making.
Our course had two lots of butterfly loops - 5-6-7-8 and 8-9-10-11 then later on 14-15-16-17 and 17-18-19-20, which was the place to be with loads of other runners around at the time. I muddled up 5-6 by going to #7 first but knew on the way there what I'd done so hooked around the bottom of the cliff and went over to 6 before heading back. Knowing the way got me a 15th placed split on that leg, then jagged an 11th back to the pivot control.
Getting pretty tired by the end so I walked most of the hills, then spotted my worst nightmare near the cherry farm - running near to the spectator area; the horror! Fortunately there was a building marked on the map next to our CP so I ignored the hordes of adoring fans and bee lined it to the left of that, hit the next one in the dam cleanly then proceeded to go too far right to the silly control over the last steep ridge.
Nice day out. I think I improved my overall standing to 30th with an MP and a DNF on my course from runners previously above me in the standings so final results were 49th, 39th, 34th and 34th. Much improved on last year (except for the prologue).
Blair got me by two minutes again today. Curses.