Running warm up/down 30:07  3.73 km (8:04 / km) +209m 6:18 / km
shoes: Icebugs Spirit OLX 2
Up the hill to the start plus drills.
Back via download after.
Cagoules compulsory (final details and signs on day) but this seemed to be ignored by a lot of people. Seems a bit unfair, especially as it was a nice day (I did run with mine down my trousers...).
Orienteering race 50:50  6.34 km (8:01 / km) +184m 7:00 / km
shoes: Icebugs Spirit OLX 2
Scottish Middle - Birnhan Hill.
Very out of practice in a forest and it really showed with a very poor performance. The aim of this weekend though is to try and shake this rustiness before JK.
Strong out the start but lost confidence as soon as I left the path (ridiculous I know), suddenly felt I was wrong (I wasn’t), looked up and could see my hill (1min). Struggled to get into map, way more going that I failed to ignore. Eventually used the contours and got back on line (45secs). Big error at 3, used compass across the saddle, saw the top and windblow the decided to go below it rather than above. The saw a slip with a control and people going to it and assumed I was wrong so ran to it, wasn’t mine. Realised I hadn’t crossed the marsh so did then hunted on another slope in trees, still too far down the hill. Bailed to path, couldn’t make any sense of map and ran downhill which was wrong. Realised back up the hill and control was super obvious from path. Initially I had thought on leaving 2 staying high was safe as if missed it would hit path. Error was made not staying high and then allowing myself to be distracted (9:30+). Very grumpy at this stage.
Reset, slow away form 4. Good compass, around bottom of felled area and straight in. Compass, 5 stayed in trees, along wee hill to lead to my hill, strong up the hill - good (fastest split). 6 had already been here but forced myself to navigate, right hand side of hill, down marsh to lead in, fine just not confident. Started to recatch Bex who’d passed me at 3 but took my own route to 7. More downhill, past the boulder I’d relocated off at 3, hit path at bend, down to next bends and down re-entrant. Again good, just need more confidence to attack. Saw Sarah ahead here which made me laugh that I wasn’t the only one struggling.
8 contouring first, used the bushes then descended. My rocky slope running is hopeless though....but not as bad as my descending (brought back memories of West Kip and West Lomond), safe to say didn’t enjoy 9, on my own again which at least was good for training. Contour to 10, knew I had to see the crags just before control to make sure was at right height.
Happy once on the path at 11. 12 was easy and should have went harder. Grotty 13 and 14, don’t really enjoy crawling through green. Once back on the path to 15 my legs just wouldn’t go (but I actually got a good time) then my running brain kicked in and wound it up and kicked into finish (at least I know my strength).
Learning from today for tomorrow: Solid plans (stick to them), good attack points, use compass and contours - all pretty basic....