orienteering race (Anstey Hill night champs) 1:30:43  5.1 km (17:47 / km) +230m 14:31 / km
shoes: Asics Nimbus 19
I knew this would be no fun - a steep area with quarries and MTB tracks (rather unsuitable for night-O) and a somewhat kamikaze course planner - and I hadn't really intended to go because I knew I would be tired after a long day on my feet in the dispensary but when the entry numbers seemed so low earlier in the week, decided to support the organisers, only I couldn't determine which would be better for OY points, to come last in 21s or be the only person in 35s.
Anyway, all of the other people who stayed home had the right idea, I think. Feeling a bit funny in the tummy after scarfing my dinner after getting home from work, and with white fingers & numb toes from the cold already after taping my ankles I wasn't very focused from the start, but also I couldn't read the map at all. Partly because of how brightly my headlamp was reflecting off it (which is a problem I often have in night events) but also it seemed impossible to distinguish between the black lines for cliffs, roads, MTB tracks and fences, especially where they joined each other, and so I would have to completely stop, then hold my map at arm's length (yes, I am becoming more long-sighted) to work out what it showed. Control circle detail seemed indecipherable by torchlight, even at 1:7 500. At least the reflectors on the controls caught my light beam really well!
I took some very long routes around on tracks rather than going down & up steep gullies in long grass, (probably actually did 8-9 km in total). Managed to stay ahead of Jo & Abi for a bit but after they went through me (practically holding hands) I came unstuck taking a roundabout route to try and avoid a cliff, and once I'd worked out what I'd done, there were no other lights left around me, and later on when I couldn't find a control right on a track (the mapped mound was actually a few metres away from the track, so I'm excused for not seeing it but not for then overshooting by a few hundred metres) I thought maybe I was so late that they'd started taking the controls in already...probably should have acted my age tonight but then I'm pretty sure Zara would have been faster than me anyway.
So yeah, I still hate night O. But I guess, at least I flew the flag for Wallaringa?