Orienteering race 1:40:06  10.1 km (9:55 / km) +450m 8:06 / km
shoes: Icebugs Spirit OLX 2
Euromeeting Long. I enjoyed this a lot more than I've enjoyed a long distance for a very long time. More nervous today as worried about going the distance. I am however really really disappointed with my mistake at 18.
I had a good chat with Dad last night debriefing the middle and had a strategy, if there was a path route I was taking it. After the 1st 20mins I was actually doing quite well. Had a couple of wee direction issues into and out of 7. Survived the butterfly and then another problem at 15 as had no plan so bailed to the ride. I went right around to 16 as my orienteering was slipping and didn't trust myself going straight and split was actually pretty good. Path again on next long one then was 18.......I lost about 8 places. There was a path route which involved climbing with no good attack point or straight up a valley which led to the control. I initially thought path but then changed my mind due to no attackpoint. I went straight and it was awful, fallen trees and really slow going. I know it's wrong to change route half way but I realised I still had time to bail as the path was parallel to me so I did. I didn't know where I hit the path though and assumed it was further back than I was as had been plodding. Attacked of a hill, saw open and realised I had majorly overshot. At least had a really easy attack point as was running in what should have been my exit with people coming towards me.
I was ok through the next few but a group of three behind got me in sight and I rushed the last bit of 21 / 22 and they were on me. This was really frustrating as before 18 I was ahead of them all by 2-3mins!). I wasn't really good through last few as wasn't doing my own thing as I was pretty annoyed I'd probably now come last because of that one control (in the end I was no where near last).
Again the result looks worse than the run actually was. High standard and one big miss of at least 5 mins. If I hadn't made that one I'd have taken the smaller mistakes with my current experience. I think the long suits me more than the middle as excluding that mistake I was doing a lot better. Physically held up a lot better than previously (no dizzy, fuzzy hands, blur, able to stand up, talk and warm down after. Didn't fall asleep in afternoon and felt fine to run again next day). I think it's coming back and I am now looking forward to doing more in the forest again too. Need more confidence.