Orienteering race (Edinburgh City Race) 54:00  *** 11.0 km (4:55 / km)
shoes: Asics Cheapies
Absolutely brilliant weekend in Edinburgh. The map was brilliant, the courses were brilliant and the general organisation was very simple and very effective (on the outside). Well done to Edinburgh guys who might stumble upon this. We will be back!
A bit of analysis..
I started with the intent on making decisions fast and running as fast as I could, even if I knew it might not be the best route.
Controls 1 and 2 were nuts, I couldn't see the map hardly, so when I caught Brian I just followed him into 1, then legged it to 2. I was not thinking about where I was going at all. A great start (from a planners view) no time to think, straight in there. I had a good route in and out of 3. On the way to 4 I caught Fran and made the mistake of following around a building rather than leggin it around the road. I decided to try out run him to 5, but my route was messy and so I arrived seconds later. On the way to 6 Fran whacked his knee. I thought he was just grazed, but turns out it was worse. From then I stopped thinking about other people and started to orienteer. I picked up a good route (paddy found the best route) to 7, but made a mistake on the roads. 8 was a break and gave time to plan. 9 was straightforward, I was blasting my way to 10 and made a mistakearound the shop entries, I met a whole crowd of people coming out of 10, doing a dog leg. I continued down and beat the pack to 11. 12 was a hard decision, I could see 3 routes and in the end it was a trade off between length or climb, I decided to go for middling, in hindsight I should have went for length. 13, 14, 15 and 16 were straightforward. could not bring myself to turn back up the hill for 17, so I legged it on the flat. It was a nice breather and a good break for the brain, I made a mistake on the approach to 17. 18 and 19 were more mayhem similar to 1 and 2. 20 and 21 were straightforward, I even heard someone say "Queens" in a surprised tone, which lifted the spirits. 22 was straightforward enough, except for the police car decided they were going to try pace me up the road until I waved at them to get out of the way! 23 was grand, 24 was ok, but I missed the wee entry, only a second or two. At 25 I got drawn away from the control by some-one looking for 24. 26 was good running and nice route. 27 was a complete hatefull biatch! I tried to check if we could cut the fence at the right side, but alas no, I had to go up the dog poo steps (literally). 28 was a bit confusing on the way past one of the other courses controls, then it was a not so sprint to the finish.
I am really chuffed with fiishing 10th!