Orienteering (bush) race (WA Long Champs) 2:03:20  *** 17.03 km (7:15 / km) +367m 6:32 / km
spiked:13/20c shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D yellow/green
Spice Brook, 13.4km 480m
Well I had Grand Plans for this event because spur/gully is my thing but there was confusion at the start for me, namely that the woman starting one minute in front of me still hadn't left the control description tent by the time I'd picked up my map to run off so it was a bit off putting trying to figure out if barging ahead of her was rude (incidentally, my time has me as one minute longer than the GPS so I imagine the start was out; either that or in my confusion I'd lost a minute somewhere), plus I didn't hear the start beeps at all.
I rather confidently took the track to the NE of the start to its conclusion (I had not meant to do this but when I accidentally ended up on it I thought, what the hell), then headed what I thought was directly east from there and found #2 instead. Over to #1 then on the return I missed #2 anyway. Good start.
Ameko and I seemed to have the same course because we both had my #2 and #3 (splits confirm this) and I was concerned because he was moving faster than me.
Anyway the long leg to #5 was rubbish for me since I lost track of where i was early on but needn't have worried because I was on line. Changed my course when I got up the track nearer the control since I was originally going to come from the upper part of the watercourse but dived in early then had to contend with the stripe green, which was not pleasant.
Had a good run to 6, 7, 8 and 9 (which was my second highest placed split (excluding the finish) at 9th - I took the high option - even though some guy came bareling through past me on the straight line. Too high on #10 but realised early enough then made a meal of #11. Couldn't read the clearings, which were actually waist high green crap, and that cost heaps of time.
12-13-14 all good (#13 my fastest split at 8th, which I ran with complete confidence to the SFG even though the CP was hidden behind a tree) then the map unfold showed me a huge leg to #15, on which I again went high. Lost focus on #16 and drifted right off line. No idea what I did but ended up on the track 250m to the west. Missed it again on the way back.
Clean through to the finish although made a similar mistake as Craig on the rocks at #18 (weirdly ended up with an identical split to him on that one too), then couldn't be bothered going over the spur through the green to #19 so went around.
Don't know what went wrong; lacking concentration and tired legs probably. Didn't have much running speed at all. Incidentally, I wasn't overly surprised to find a kangaroo in my towel when I got back.