orienteering race 1:22:45  8.6 km (9:37 / km)
shoes: Inov8 X-Talon
First day of Oceania, sand dunes in pine forest. Long low ridges often with not much detail between them. Also not much climb, but very soft underfoot (somehow I was reminded of Europe, but with a southern hemisphere compass). Quite a few World Cup people running today.
Mostly happy with my navigating but it tended to go awry when I crossed tracks or saw other people and my big error involved:
a) going around a hill and coming out NW of the crossroads, not NE as I had thought, and then running further away from the crossroads wondering why I couldn't see the water (which, sadly, is not at controls in NZ). Resolved that by heading SW but then having crossed the correct track, I
b) had no proper attack point when leaving a bland basin and going into low-vis detailed stuff and consequently I did laps of it, possibly even coming as close as 10m to my control, and eventually relocating off some high points to the east, having one more abortive attempt in which I found the tape for that control's alternate site, and then finally finding the real thing.
15 min for a leg which should have taken about 6? The rest was pretty much okay, once in the wrong little gully, very hungry towards the end (it was lunchtime) and struggling to concentrate. A very similar time to Bridget/Lauren but I am left wondering how the Russian girl did 48 min!