Orienteering race 1:06:39  4.4 km (15:09 / km)
ahr:137 max:182 shoes: X-Talon 190
H4 course at Gunapin Ridge, GPS 5.32kms, 4 or 5 stops totalling around 8 mins for HR/breathing issues, plus some slow walking.
Went around the bottom of the rocks to 1, almost a problem due to unmapped watercourse leading me to think I had gone too far, but the clearing and bare rock confirmed I was ok. However, was slightly high coming over the spur that the control was on - 30 secs. Followed the bare rock and clearing to 2, keeping the large rocks on the edge of the spur to my left, and ran straight into the control (fastest split, and into the lead). Felt slow on a bearing to 3, and had to stop for a minute in the clearing before the control, but only 3 secs off the fastest split (Noel), and still in the lead.
Craig came past at 3, but I had to walk slowly up the hill to 4, stopping for 2 minutes on the way, then for another 2 after punching, before walking the first half of the leg to 5. Slow to 6 and had to stop for another 2 minutes after punching it. Able to jog to 7, sped up a bit when tRicky came past, but lost sight of him going down the rocky spur to the control.
Ran to the mapped location of 8, passing a confused-looking LostRichard coming the other way, his confusion explained by the lack of a flag. While hunting around, the breathing went bad again, so stopped, then decided to go on to 9. Just then happened to glance left and saw Noel punching a control on a cliff 60m away - lucky so and so just stumbled on it without having to go the extra distance to where it should have been.
Got more breathing problems going up to 9, and had to rest again, before mostly walking to 10. Felt ok by this time, and ran fairly hard to the finish. Without the breathing problems I might have given Noel a run for his money.
Think I need to have the exercise ECG done, as the last few events it hasn't been just a breathing issue, the ticker has been going like a bomb.