Uppsala Möte Natt - H21
(which is down at the time of writing meaning I can't upload splits to AP.
Bit of a mixed bag. Ok at first but not really in the flow of orienteering for 1 and even 2. Picked straight on 2 to build night-o confidence, though I reckoned the path around would be quicker.
On 3 I felt I needed to keep the speed up and thought just about simplifying and running, without actually doing that. Quite the nightmare of a control. Got really panicked and stressed and was matching everything incorrectly. Even went to the road and hit it at the bend/turning circle but didn't believe I could be that wrong.
Reset the brain then and the rest went very well really. Got focused and was able to recognise the signs of when things were getting iffy. Some compass work wasn't perfect, particularly leaving 5, and later on the leg to 6.
Saw some people leaving 7 and had passed them on the way to 9. They had started after me. Formed a little train of 4 for a bit. Higher speed and I decided I'd stick with it a bit. Flow was really nice and the stress didn't come back. I had the confidence going to 12 to back myself when the train went a bit right, but not back myself enough. When we hit the marsh I was first to go the right way and get the control.
Rush of blood then though and didn't leave the control properly, heading down the wrong re-entrant. Silly time loss. One guy came with me and he stuck behind for the rest of the course. I stayed focused and kept moving decently, so was happy with the finish.
Nice to get back to the forest, and have some feeling of moving well. Some silly mistakes probably totalling 8 mins overall is pretty dire. Learned a bit though, and the brain state (slightly stressed feeling of not being on top of all the jobs I need to do, which I solved in normal life for the first time in months today!) that needs to be recognised in as it is a serious warning sign.