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In the 1 days ending Oct 31, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering2 1:14:08 6.45(11:30) 10.38(7:09) 309289.1
  Running3 57:35 6.48(8:53) 10.43(5:31) 165115.2
  Total3 2:11:43 12.93(10:11) 20.81(6:20) 475404.3

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Saturday Oct 31, 2020 #

9 AM

Running 12:01 [2] 2.17 km (5:33 / km) +15m 5:21 / km
ahr:117 max:136 shoes: ASICS Gel Nimbus 21 (std. fit)

Shakeout from Áine’s
12 PM

Running 9:29 [2] 1.99 km (4:45 / km) +30m 4:25 / km
ahr:136 max:167 shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280

Orienteering 33:22 [5] 4.9 km (6:48 / km) +167m 5:49 / km
ahr:170 max:181 shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280

UK elite league middle - Results

I started at the same time as Paul which was exciting. My expectations were relatively low for my orienteering, but I still intended on going pretty hard and trying to keep the navigation in check / test myself.
So, pretty much ignored Paul successfully (we were going completely opposite directions), and hit number 1 reasonably well, with only some minor hesitation. Tried to keep the pace going to #2, ended up a bit banana-ing to the right, but not too bad. Took the ride along to 3, and mostly navigating reasonably well the next section and moving alright.
Had a small mistake on the short leg before the downhill, and then made a mistake on the downhill leg across the walls, just was a little left and had to go back up to the control. Mostly alright through the next loop but just some minor scrappy bits. A bit uncertain coming back to 11 before the 2nd loop and wound up a bit right but again saved it mostly. Think I saw Paul around here and reckoned I was ahead but mostly ignored it and focused on trying to be clean.
Start of loop 2 was fairly straightforward, I got a bit uncertain on 13 though, didn't really think I'd gone through the marsh but figured I must be low enough, I was just a bit right and had to come across. Fairly clean through the next section as well, picking features reasonably well. Happy enough coming up into the tricky light green section at the top, some hesitation on the way into 19, but got it well enough. Clean and confident on 20. Under-read the map a bit as I hadn't committed to straight vs. around for 20, in the end I went straight but didn't nail the exit out of 19 for it, ran alright through the forest on a bearing and didn't take too much in. Slowly picked up more features after crossing the track and figured myself out, was a bit left, but alright. Hard to decide if that was time lost or not as if it was, some of it was probably gained back in running quickly down through the forest.
Anyway, got the last 2 cleanly into the finish.

Mixed race. Think I was pretty happy in the finish, but in hindsight it looks like it adds up to quite a lot of 5-10sec issues. Probably about what should be expected off no orienteering, but confidence in the circle and a bit more detailed accuracy could definitely be worth a lot.
Overall I would say a fairly solid return to map-reading. Work needs to be done, but lots of time. Feeling relatively strong out there as well. Roughly 4'30 back on the front pack, and with a strong field that seems solid enough given I think there's plenty of room for more.
Lovely map and thoroughly enjoyed being out there racing.

Running 18:25 [2] 3.2 km (5:45 / km) +59m 5:16 / km
ahr:144 max:166 shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280

6 PM

Running 4:53 [2] 0.81 km (6:02 / km) +16m 5:30 / km
ahr:126 max:138 shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280

Orienteering 40:46 [3] 5.48 km (7:27 / km) +142m 6:35 / km
ahr:157 max:173 shoes: Inov8 Oroc 280

UK elite league nighto - Results

Didn't have the ideal setup before this, had borrowed head-torches from Ali Masson (muchos gracias), brought 2 to the start as I couldn't get either to fit my head perfectly. They then told me a spare one was required, so I was glad I'd brought a 2nd, but they were both a bit big and neither fit in my pocket (annoyingly I had a more appropriate spare in the car).

Anyway, got going with one shoved halfway down my tights and on we went. Scrappy #1 as I came quite wide but not too bad. Clean through the next section and really nailing some controls which had me feeling confident. Came through a few torches and thought I had close sight of Will (2mins), but a mistake into 7 opened the gap up again. Got the next few alright and set off on a fairly straight line to 10, following the path as much as possible early on. I lost contact between the indistinct path and the main track somewhere, but figured out roughly where I was at the track and climbed up into 10 alright which saved what could have been a poor time loss (also think I passed Will here). I wasn't flying through the forest but I was moving alright and feeling very confident with the map so loving it out there, and was pretty solid for the next section (though looks like I lost time on the ride routechoice to 13). Trying to run in strongly I missed 14 by a small bit and ended up losing a minute or so which was m worst mistake. But got the last 2 alright.

Pretty happy with that really. Return to orienteering, and night orienteering. The winning times from GG and AT were impressive, they must be moving so fluidly through the forest. Especially AT has surely been robbed of some real opportunities by covid & the IOF with no final JWOC. Oh well.
A little further down the results than I might have hoped but it sounded like quite a few people got pretty decent pulls so here we are. Decent technical performance with work to do, always the main things.

Running 12:47 [2] 2.26 km (5:40 / km) +46m 5:09 / km
ahr:127 max:164 shoes: ASICS Gel Nimbus 21 (std. fit)

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