orienteering race (Kuitpo HQ) 1:52:29  8.6 km (13:05 / km) +210m 11:39 / km
shoes: Asics Nimbus 19
Woke up very stiff and unenthused but had promised to take my parents for an airing, so to Kuitpo it was, even though I knew that far too much of today would involve hunting amongst gorse thickets for root mounds...the course actually started off quite promisingly even with some route choice on legs, and in the native forest section I admired lots of wildflowers, especially the orchids. But after crossing the road into pines the course confusingly turned into a control pick, which eventually degenerated into "hunt the gorse bush between the gorse thickets". Quite a few of us were searching back & forth for a root mound which was marked as being in white but was in fact in dark green. I get it, that the map needs updating, but I don't understand why a course planner when checking sites wouldn't just decide to delete that control altogether!
After twice losing about 6 min on controls like this, I was more than a little grumpy, so didn't properly check where I crossed a track in the flat stuff and lost about another 8 minutes on the next control, which was totally my fault this time. By this time my knee was getting quite bad from jumping over all the brashings and I fairly much had to walk the remainder of the course, which included a completely redundant last control; one that we'd already been to on our course and which involved unnecessarily going up the hill again, just to run down into the finish. At this stage I was in enough pain to seriously think f*** it but didn't like the idea of having DNF against my name, not when I'd been too stubborn to give up on the bingo controls earlier.
Oh, and if 35 people have ordered water but some of them are running courses where they go to a drink control twice, then you have to put out enough water for them to be able to drink twice, even if it is at the same control both times...I was particularly annoyed to find no water left on my second time through that control, especially when I knew exactly how much water the organisers had available to them, because I'd on-sold all my leftover mini-bottles from Narrinyeri, having erred on the side of generosity last weekend!