orienteering race (SAMDC Prelinna) 57:37  6.0 km (9:36 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 19
It was always going to be pushing it to get everything packed up in time to make it to the event for 9am preallocated starts (especially since that time was, until yesterday, 8am) but made more complicated by having to pack up wet tents - over the weekend we hadn't put the fly on, primarily because someone had forgotten to bring the poles for its verandah (but this didn't matter, because G extended the awning from the ute and that made a fine shelter). When it started to rain properly at bedtime last night we weren't too worried because the material of the inner is waterproof anyway and only the window zips might be a problem, but within less than half an hour it became evident that none of the seams are sealed and the stitching was wicking water into the tent as though somebody had turned a tap on, so we had to go out in the dark and the rain and haul the canvas fly over the top...
Anyway, so I hitched a ride to the event with SLEH leaving G to finish packing, and we got there with all of 10 min to spare before my start, so I was a bit flustered, but it was a beautifully cool morning and I felt much more able to run fluently today and controls 1 & 2 came up just where they should have been. On the long leg to 3 I still wasn't quite focused though and somehow I made a 90-degree error; the hills to the north didn't seem to be coming up as I'd expected so I convinced myself that I was too far west and therefore deliberately headed east, bouncing off a creek at 90 degrees to the one I wanted - oops. Didn't correct enough and crossed over the wrong saddle at the end of the leg too, so that was 4-5 min lost. A few other small in-circle errors could likewise have been prevented by more attention to detail, but it was a very enjoyable course amongst the small knolls and braided creeks with the backdrops of the Chace and Pound Ranges.
G & I headed home after that, a bit sorry to leave our convivial campsite where the enclave had ended up with 10 adults and 8 kids ranging in age from 3 to 7, all of whom seemed to be closely attracted to the mud in the creek (the dam at Rawnsley was actually full, for the first time in many years). We took a few back roads between Hawker and Orroroo, marvelling at the current greenness, and stopped for coffee at Maggie's Rendezvous where the lemon meringue pie never disappoints. Going to work tomorrow may be a bit of a letdown though.