Orienteering race 55:53  8.36 km (6:41 / km)
shoes: Icebugs Spirit OLX 2
SHI relay Newbourough (6.2km).
Didn't even know if I'd make the team for SHI this year as had hardly been in a forest and somehow I ended up in the first team today. That scared me as I knew we didn't have our usual girls and I really needed to perform in something I've lost a lot of confidence in, completely outwith my comfort zone. It didn't make me feel any better that the courses were longish. However Jenny came in a bit down in 5th and I like going out chasing. I stuck to my strengths on first 2 perhaps too safe but gave me confidence as hit them. Then caught Alice for England looking for 3 and just like yesterday plan went out the window and binned 2mins and Heather caught me. Started to think I needed to get away as needed to give Fanni a start on Cat and was messy rushing through next few and ended up bailing to path as off on 6. Wee bit messy on 8 when caught Wales. I then told myself to just navigate and not worry about getting away and by being clean it would happen itself. Opened out onto beach at 9 as knew attackpoint and then could see control so pushed on more. Heather kept going but was sure it was mine and it was. Met her half way to 10 having overshot so knew I had a gap. From here on I was super careful, again probably too careful but I knew if I was clean they wouldn't catch me.
Handed over in 3rd with a good gap and had actually caught up time on 2nd. I almost dealt with the pressure as didn't totally crack blowing it and it was a good experience for me. Fanni managed to pull us up to 2nd which was a good result behind a really strong England team but I still personally have a lot to work on as made silly mistakes early on. However I'm getting back into into this forest stuff and slowly gaining confidence. Absolutely great that Scotland won when hadn't really expected it.