Orienteering - Forest race (Middle Distance, China) 48:29  8.47 km (5:43 / km) +189m 5:09 / km
ahr:147 max:163 (injured) shoes: Xtalon 212 (blk/red)
8th - somehow - despite losing 4 mins, three of these running off the map! Totally undeserved result. The Chinese are really good at urban (ie they run fast) but pretty poor at forest.
Tentative choices for first few controls but no mistakes, gradually building confidence. Then 4, going through trees with rope tying them to the group took longer than the running had been previously which skewed my distance judgement a bit, and so stopped too early. Wouldn't have been an issue, but very confused by the contours as it seemed like I was at the top of the hill but needed not to be. Faffed a bit and punched another control before relocating, lost maybe a minute. Annoying since if I'd have taken the path it was an easy AP.
Then 5 was the long leg - happy with route I planned (straight ish but going round uncrossables), implemented first half fine but then crossed ponds at the wrong crossing - not terrible in itself, but then made a series of parallel errors in sequence which fit the map beautifully... Gradually started to realise something was wrong when there were excess buildings which weren't on the map...eventually realised this was because I wasn't on the map either! Ran N to get back to it, then worked out where I was (not what I'd done for ages after, though) and from there control was fine. Arrhh so annoying. 3 mins lost at least - felt like more, but spilt comparison with Paul (who won) suggests not.
Chinese caught me at this point so I didn't make the route choice decision, just stayed with him for as long as I could. Except, tried to cut a 'cultivated land' corner which was fine to start and then got more and more boggy, so much so that I gave up and went back around.
Little mistake on 9 caused by pressure again (just ignore Chinese) but then fine all the way to 14 where I joined the Erik train (unpopular; only me on it) and managed to keep up mainly because he made a few small misses and I was able to capitalise) for the last 5 controls.
As per then, one massive mistake prevents a much more enjoyable memory! But c'est la vie; my overall position in the events will improve with the 8th...could've been 5th though if I had stayed on the map!!
One sprint, one night score, one middle and one long still to come! Enjoying my Chinese experience :)