Orienteering race 1:13:17  **** 7.72 km (9:30 / km) +292m 7:59 / km
22c shoes: VJ Falcons 2014
Didn't go to plan! But there are certainly positives that I wasn't expecting based on recent form, I was doing alright after 70 minutes of racing.
Was a bit slow getting to the 1st control, mainly just getting my head into the map, no issue with the control once I left the start triangle, just working out where I was.
Dropped to 2 before climbing up then took a straightish line to 3. Next few controls were a bit rough, but that was the theme of the area.
Went right to 8, mainly clean in my route, but it was tough. Didn't get through the felled area as cleanly as i'd have liked, lost some seconds getting onto the ridge closest to the river fighting through crap. It was then a tough climb from the road up through the green.
Next set of controls were fine but think I could have got 14 better, climbed into it but hadn't read my control descriptions properly, thought the control was in the stream but if i'd checked earlier and known it was wall end that would have saved time.
Kev showed up as I left 15, took a gel too on the way to this control. Was wondering if he had started after or before me. I reckoned after me for some reason, but I hadn't really studied the start list too carefully as there were large enough gaps between starters. His appearance did help motivate me though as reckoned even if he'd caught me he wasn't a local.
I left the track too early to 16, and ended up crossing a gully which was definitely steeper than what the map might suggest. Forest was less clean around here. More stuff on the ground as opposed to trees planted close together.
Advised Kev that the control before 18 wasn't his after he punched it.
Then got ahead of him to 19 and 20. Made a mess of 21 then, think I just missed to the left and then had issues relocating, kind of went left, then right, before finding it.
After this my race ended. Smashed my lower left quad off a tree stump hidden in the grass between 21 and the road. Did my best to run the first part of the next leg on the road then before cutting into 22 but at a much reduced pace. Leaving the road to get 22 the pain got worse as the terrain got rougher.
Dropped to the track then from 22 and had a choice, go for 23 or go for home. I chose home :-(
Wasn't really a choice as finishing even if I achieved it would have taken ages and would not have been enjoyable. Before the bang I had been enjoying the course and the area.