Orienteering race 47:23  **** 7.0 km (6:46 / km) +300m 5:34 / km
spiked:15/21c shoes: VJ Bold 8's
World Cup Middle Distance - 84th.
Started poorly, missing the path to one and having to hack through the green, then resettled to two and hit it well. Slightly further left than I expected to 3, but recovered well, then fine for 4. Lost time on 5 going left, but not executing the final section of the leg well enough going too far left. Surprisingly caught here by the Norwegian who started behind me who then got away after I over shot 6 (getting a beech sappling flicked between my legs, on the way to 6 didn't help my focus...). Pushed hard on 7 to catch him, then got ahead after picking a better line over the hill. Saw Loic leaving as I entered so got a bit more positive that I wasn't having the worst run ever. Caught him at 8, then tried to go slightly right on 8, opposite to the Nowegian; sadly I messed up the route slightly, not going low enough and getting caught on the edge of the semi-open and the green. The little group that had formed of Loic, Sirim and a German got a gap here, but I closed it down on the way to 10 and through the next section I felt great. All good, our group working well to 15, where I decided to push on. Didn't check the compass, and in oxygen debt when I hit the top of the hill I got parallel in the green to the right of the patch I wanted - lost 4 minutes and a good result along with it. Damn.