Orienteering race 1:42:03  **** 18.0 km (5:40 / km) +200m 5:22 / km
spiked:26/31c shoes: Inov8 X Talon 212 (4)
Race of two halves really. Started hesitantly, not into the map scale and more concerned about whether I should have worn my cag from the start is it was pretty cold. After bumbling into one, 2 was fine but lost more time in the now thick fog at 3. 4 looked tricky so though I would decend to the pond and contour from there but couldn't pick out the features and it was very rough going underfoot; lots of hesitancy into the control. Lost more time on 7, silly mistake not picking out the additional depression but biggest mistake came at 10. No proper plan and everything looked the same coming down the hill. Best part of 3mins lost here. A little bit more time lost on 11 through a poor line in the middle section and spending too much time in the rough open.
caught by Poo Boy (3 mins) at 12, which I was slightly surprised at as I thought he would have passed me at 10. Took different lines to 13, me pretty straight, PB pussying out and going round the valley. Converged pretty much together. Sat in behind picking out the detail to 14. At this point it was feeling much more like the OMM than JK M21E Long at this point. here we caught sight of Jonny M (started 6mins before me) which was a bit of a confidence boost and we soon caught him.
Enjoyed the quarry section where I took the initiative and my gel. Started flagging a little across to 22 where I started flagging a little and lost map contact. Luckily Hector had caught me (dropped PB and JM by this point) and tucked in before I started picking out features to realise where we were and got the control ok. Started feeling a bit better down into the valley and was feeling strong up the hill to 26, helped by the fact I could see we were catching Sander. It was a case of legging it after sander and HH for the last few while keeping map contact. So, crap up to 12, but much better after and I think only HH was quicker in this 2nd half.