Running warm up/down 5:37 1.09 km (5:10 / km) +23m4:40 / km ahr:144 max:166 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
Running late for the start so had to put a bit of effort in up the hill, then when I got there I discovered my start was 1:54, not 1:52 so had a whole two minutes extra!
Orienteering (bush) race (Wyangala Waters) 52:48*** 6.61 km (7:59 / km) +255m6:42 / km ahr:163 max:184 spiked:19/26c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
NSW Middle Champs and NOL 9 (M21E)
First official bush event of the year (Umuna EOD being my only other run but at just 26mins it hardly counts). Got off to a bad start by binning 3mins on the relatively easy first control. Didn't take my time and rushed to where I thought it was, even found the broken fence to the west but didn't use it as an AP as I wasn't confident of it being the mapped one, so stupid since it had a control on it! Took so long there that Jarrah (2mins) had gone through before I realised and even Wayne (4mins) had already started well before I found the control. Fortunately settled down after that but a great deal of damage early on.
Nice loop around and across the hillside before heading down into the watercourse where I failed to muck up #9 as others had done but I mucked up #10 instead. Not overly bad, just wasn't sure and picked my way through the rock slowly before going to exactly where the control was.
I'd had a look whee the spectator run through control was prior to the event and consequently got one of my better splits of the day there (one of three in the top ten). Took the poor road option from 16-17 when going straight was perfectly fine, then tried to hit the top corner of the fence to #18 but ended up hitting the fence on the red line because I hooked around too much.
Very hesitant into #19 when I thought someone near me had found a control so I went to investigate (silly since it meant I gave up on my plan to go to the rough open as an AP) then a couple of fast guys went through and I used them to #20 (my equal best split, along with the finish) and 21 but didn't trust their direction through the saddle to #22 when it should have been my direction I didn't trust, so they got away from me.
Made a bit of a meal of #24 in all the rock and then the last control that was on the tip of an open area, going too far left, but I did get it before the two people in front of me.
I enjoyed today's area, open although not overly runnable for me with all the rock but that was fine (ran as much as I could). Very steep in parts but I didn't mind it. Managed to beat two non-WA people (actual finishers) and two of the West Aussie contingent although Cameron got me by nine seconds. As it turned out, even if I hadn't blown three minutes on the first, I would have only got Cameron because the next place was five minutes ahead but would have been nice to get under 50 minutes.
The Fellraisers were a piece of shit: laces came loose and I developed hot spots on the balls of my feet over only a short distance so I decided not to wear them tomorrow (good thing I brought along the Speedtrax). I really need new shoes.